Dr. Robert Woods

Psychiatry
Laguna Beach, CA
32 years experience male

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Robert L Woods MD

Irvine, CA

Address

19203 Ansel, Irvine, CA, United States
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7145474313

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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

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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Unexpected Results: It is not uncommon to withdraw antidepressant therapy after 12-18 months. Most patients, who had a complete remission of their symptoms during this ti... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Extremely Dangerous: Alcohol poisoning occurs after consuming a large quantity of alcohol over a very short time. Acting as a central nervous system depressant it can supp... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alopecia: Yes, taking Cymbalta (duloxetine) can lead to hair loss also known as alopecia. Lilly, the manufacturer of cymbalta, (duloxetine) states this is an i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Unknown: There is no single cause or defect in a person who has body dysmorphic disorder; research shows that a number of factors may be involved and that they... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Call For Help: Clearly raising three young children would leave one exhausted at the end of the day. So exhausted that no amount of sleep would be enough to recharg... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Stigma Still Present: Mental health has carried a negative stigma for centuries. I believe this stigma, which continues today, is due to ignorance and lack of treatment. Wi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
On The Same Team: Medication is often recommended for the treatment of depression. It is not uncommon for one to resent the actual medication. Two suggestions: first yo... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Do The Math: This question illustrates two important issues. When taken together alcohol and Valium potentiate each other. One enhances the effect of the other. 1... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Respect Yourself: I usually avoid the word "crazy", in my private practice so i will assume your are asking if staying with your boyfriend is a bad idea after he cheate... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Work To Live: In an ideal world we would all have a job or career that we found satisfying. We would have enough money to provide a comfortable life style. Unfortu... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
The Most Common Type: Most lucid dreaming occurs on its own without an individual wanting or trying to lucid dream. Lucid dreaming is defined as the ability to have awaren... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Neurochemistry 101: Persistent activation of central nervous system nmda receptors by the excitatory Amino Acid glutamate has been hypothesized to contribute to the sympt... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
About 1 in 16: 25% of children who have oppositional defiant disorder develop conduct disorder, and 25 to 40% of those children go on to develop antisocial personali... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes It Can.: While there are many causes of male impotence, known today as erectile dysfunction (ed), alcohol use is a common cause. This type of ed has a simple ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes Eating Can Help: Nausea is a common side effect with many medications, including zoloft (generic sertraline). By eating before you take your medication you effectivel... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Overdose = Dangerous: If the overdose was intentional then any dose is dangerous. A suicide attempt is a medical emergency. Seek assistance immediately. The manufacturer re... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Can Case Hair Loss: Sarafem is indicated for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd) in adult women. Its active ingredient is fluoxetine which is also th... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant str... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Potential Danger: Botulism or botulism toxin causes paralysis of one's muscles by interfering with a neurotransmitter that facilitates communication between the brain a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depends: Narcotic originally referred to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. It became most often linked to opiates such as heroin. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Positive Effects: Abilify (aripiprazole) is a second generation antipsychotic medication indicated for several mental conditions including, schizophrenia, bipolar disor... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
There Are Many: Effective treatment of anxiety is primarily dependent upon the severity of the anxiety. For simple anxiety try deep breathing, exercise, engaging in a... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Talk About It!: One of the most dangerous myths about suicide: if you talk about suicide, a person is more likely to attempt suicide. Nothing could be further from t... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
False Fixed Belief: A delusion is a false fixed belief. In other words, when some one believes in something that despite contrary evidence they will not alter their thoug... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Look At The Symptoms: End stage alcoholism is marked by a total loss of control in all aspects of the alcoholic's life including relationships, employment, physical and men... Read More
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Toughened Skin: A callus is an area of skin that has become toughened, thick, and hard as a result of repeated pressure, friction or other irritation. Most commonly ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Eat Less Move More: Weight gain is primarily a function of calories consumed versus calories burned. Certain medications can cause changes in the way the body metabolizes... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Be Careful: Attention and concentration are not only important when performing work related tasks or studying for exams. We need adequate attention to ensure we m... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Women > Men: Many studies have shown that women are more prone to mood disorders than men. The ratio is usually reported as 2:1 f:m. Some believe the incidence of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Not Recommended: Wygesic, like other narcotic pain-killers, increases the effect of drugs that slow brain function, such as alcohol, skeletal muscle relaxants, like Ca... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Two Symptoms: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder with two predominant symptoms. The first is an obsession, an unwanted thought, fear, or urge to d... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Effective: Midazolam (brand versed) is a short acting benzodiazepine. In the U.S. It is used primarily as a pre-anesthesia agent. It comes in a syrup form to u... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Change Is Possible: If one's habits lead to unwanted behaviors, the best way to handle this is to replace the "bad" habit with a "good" habit. Closely watch your behavior... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
About A Week: Lorazepam (brand name ativan) is a benzodiazepine used in the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, acute seizures including status epileptics, s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Developed Addiction: When tramadol was first released is was considered to have little chance for addiction. Unfortunately it has proven otherwise. From your description... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anatomy Counts: Edex (alprostadil) is an injectable option for men who do not respond to, or are not candidates for, oral erectile dysfunction therapy. Improper site ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Risk of Bleeding: Naprelan (naproxen) is a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) and is used to treat mild to moderate pain, fevers, and inflammation. One should... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Early Rx Is Desired: Several recent studies have shown that early treatment of schizophrenia can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms and therefore a better prognos... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Try 12-Step Program: Short term goals in substance abuse recovery would include abstinence and creating a good support system to remain sober. Long term goals would be to... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
An App For That: The following apps that focus on drunk driving prevention are available at the apple app store: r u drunk, drunk driving detector, the drunk tester, b... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
ECT Is Legal in USA: Ect remains the single most effective treatment for patients suffering from severe major depressive disorder. Outcomes as high as 95% are consistentl... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Make Your Choice: If you suffer from bulimia, you must first decide if you want to get better. Assuming that's the case, talk to your primary care physician. Effective... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 32 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
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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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