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Dr. Robert Woods

Psychiatry
Laguna Beach, CA
31 years experience male

Locations

Robert L Woods MD

Irvine, CA

Address

19203 Ansel, Irvine, CA, United States
Directions

Fax

7145474313

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Blue Cross of California

Blue Shield of California

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Robert L Woods MD Inc

Laguna Beach, CA

About

Bio

An Orange County native, I had careers in professional dance and in information and computer science before embarking on my career in medicine. I worked as a professional ballet dancer, dancing in San Francisco, New York, Germany, Switzerland, Seattle and Laguna Beach. Next I received my degree in ICS and founded my own software company ComputerBooks. My company produced the first medical software for handheld devices. Finally I enrolled in medical school in 1985 at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, where I completed my medical training.

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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

430 Answers
1.9K Agrees
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Potentially: Anything that causes your heart to race or to skip beats could be quite dangerous. I hope this experience teaches you a valuable lesson that you shoul... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Be Kind To Yourself: Blood glucose levels are influenced by when and what we eat. Eating once a day is unhealthy and can lead to problems with one's blood glucose level. ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No One Best Med: There is no single medication that is best to treat the eating disorder known as anorexia. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are often use... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine, commonly known simply as meth, is a highly addictive psycho-stimulant. The most common symptoms of meth withdrawal include fatigue, d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Nature/Nurture: As we continue to study and understand human genetics, we are learning that genetics plays a role in mental illness. A person who has a first degree r... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Moderate Interaction: Using Doxepin together with Clarithromycin can cause a dangerous irregular heart rhythm. Dose adjustments may be necessary. When taking these two me... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Help Is Available : Expressing one's emotions can be difficult. If we are unable to express ourselves, no one can truly understand us. Some individuals seem to have it e... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Price Can Vary: The fees charged for any type of study including sleep studies can vary significantly. Sleep clinics will usually charge more for non-insured patient... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depression: Depression causes the greatest loss of productivity in the work force.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Absolutely : Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can range in severity from mild to severe and last from a few minutes to days. Affected a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Certainly: Children raised by one or more bipolar parents learn to deal with life much like their parents creating chaos because, even though the situation may b... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many Possibilities : Unable to provide a specific diagnosis, i can only comment on possible causes for such a loss of time. One should consider physical causes such as a T... Read More
A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not an MAOI: Sertraline belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or ssris. It is indicated for the treatment of depressio... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Seek Attention Now: It is beyond the scope of healthtap to attempt to diagnose the condition of any person who asks a question. The two most important tools used to diag... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Best To Avoid: When taking medications such as zoloft (generic sertraline), it is recommended that one avoid the use of alcohol. Alcohol may increase anxiety, worsen... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Spread Over The Day: Water is best consumed throughout the day. It is important to keep the body hydrated. Psychogenic polydipsia does make the situation a bit more comp... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Important Question: Thanks for this important question. Healthy sleep depends upon good air circulation in order to provided comfort and to maintain adequate oxygen leve... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Emergency Situation: Healthtap received your message about 20 minutes ago. You should call 911 or have a responsible party drive you to the nearest emergency room immedia... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
A Type of Therapy: Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behavior... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
XXX Exposure: Exhibitionism is defined as the act of exposing, in a public place, parts of the body that are normally not exposed. Most commonly the genitalia or bu... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many Uses: Barbiturates, popular during the 1950's & 60's, are used in a number of different ways. Originally used to treat anxiety and insomnia, benzodiazepines... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
At: At least once a day make positive affirmation about yourself. More than once if you have time!
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Possibly: Withdrawal symptoms from methamphetamine use include excessive fatigue, increase in appetite, depression, anxiety, paranoia, restlessness and aches an... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Specific Issues: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (lgbt) health is an area of medicine addressing both the general and the unique healthcare needs of lgbt per... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Too Many To Count: Mental confusion is generally a symptom of an underlying disorder(s). Infections, trauma, endocrine, cardiovascular disorders anxiety, and, depressio... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Knowledge is Power: Your brother is fortunate to have such a caring sibling. Learn as much as you can about schizophrenia. Many good sources on-line such as: http://www.... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Check With MD: Always check first with the prescribing md when you have questions about your medications. This individual is uniquely qualified by virtue of their ex... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Ask For Help: It is not uncommon for anyone to experience signs and symptoms similar to depression. Should the symptoms interfere with our ability to function in n... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Seroquel (quetiapine): Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No Reported Problems: There are no reported interactions between lithium and Ritalin (generic methylphenidate). So in theory they can be taken safely together. When taking... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
See Dermatologist : For any lesion on one's skin the best best is to see a dermatologist. Many primary care physicians are able to diagnose skin conditions, and if not re... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Bad And Good: Bupropion is a very effective antidepressant. With any new medication one may experience transient side effects such as nausea, headache, or dizzines... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
There Are Many: There are many substances that can give a false positive result on routine a routine drug screen for methamphetamine. Here are some: bupropion, desip... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Check With Your MD: One should always check with their physician if they have specific questions regarding their medical care. In general, both Acetaminophen and Ibuprof... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Stress and Anxiety: Stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. When one begins to stress over something such as blood pressure measurements, they often increase their anx... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Perhaps One Day: Ketamine, an anesthetic agent, has recently made headline news. Apparently there is evidence that it acts as an anti-depressant. Some studies have sho... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Sleep Paralysis: There exists a neuromuscular condition known as sleep paralysis. An individual, while falling asleep or more commonly waking up finds that for a few s... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many Emotions: Eating disorders are filled with emotions as well as physical symptoms. Persons with eating disorders can be in such denial that they feel little dis... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Interesting Question: Beware sleeping in a car can be dangerous. Never sleep in a car where the exhaust pipe might be blocked, i.e. In a snow drift. Make sure your car is o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends On Med: First of all, if one is considering stopping their medications, a dialog with the prescribing md is needed. Just as one would not start meds without ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Do No Harm: Physicians take an oath to first of all do not harm. Doctors withhold treatments only if the treatment might harm the patient. Physicians use their ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Indication Unclear: I am not sure why you are planning to take a barbiturate? This type of medication is used primarily to prevent seizures and as an anesthetic agent du... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Will It Last Long?: I assume your concern is the lingering presence if tinnitus 4 weeks after stopping wellbutrin (bupropion). This is considered a common side effect wit... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Common Problem: Where alcohol can help an individual relax and create an atmosphere more conducive to having sex, it commonly can interfere with a man's ability to ac... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Dangerous Syndrome: Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the collection of symptoms that an individual addicted to alcohol experiences when drastically reducing their intake or... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Correct Position: The sensation of a part of the body "falling asleep" is usually caused by compression of the nerve that enervates that area. Check the position of the... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Loss Of Appetite: Anorexia, as a side effect, refers to a diminished or loss of appetite. Many medications, including the antidepressant buproprion, can lead to anorexi... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
AM vs PM: Zoloft (sertraline) is considered to be neither activating nor sedating. I recommend a patient start taking zoloft (sertraline) in the am (with food t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Two Main Types: There are many types of male sexual dysfunction. The most common forms are premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction, with the former being more ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Check Out This Study: A harris interactive(r) study revealed that a large percentage (40%) of american adults have experienced difficulty swallowing pills, even though mos... Read More

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Apr 26, 2013
Dr. Woods has an amazing ability to simplifiy the complex in his answers. His answers are accurate and precise. Glad he is on Healthtap
I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
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Thank you! This may be just what happened. I insisted on a 6 minute walk test because she has daytime drops in oxygenation and seems to breathe differently with exertion. No results back, yet. Want to...Read More
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Thank you. I actually already know thanks to one blood test that I had mono within the last months. I also am in menopause. Both of those of those might be dragging me down as well. But yes, I do plan...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I had a shot of Ketorolac yesterday, still feel good today and I was wondering how long the effecct may last. Supposed to take Tylenol after this wears off. Was wonde...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE MED CENTER

Awards

Sandoz Award 1991
Top Doctor, Second Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013

Publications

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