Dr. Jeff Jacobs

Child Psychiatry
Knoxville, TN
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Knoxville, TN

Address

Cherokee Health Systems, 2201 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kentucky

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

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About

Bio

Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist, treating all ages with comprehensive assessments, individualized treatment integrating nutrition, lifestyle, illness and wellness education, and behavioral modification in addition to traditional medical treatment.

Specialties
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Child Psychiatry

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161 Answers
147 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Chronic depression: An analogy i sometimes use is that if depression is a campfire, dysthymia is more like smoldering hot coals - not as severe as the depression, but las... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Children/teenagers with reactive attachment disorder fail to learn how to connect with and feel empathy for others, which is perhaps the core deficit ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: No, reactive attachment disorder (rad) manifests earlier. However, a teen certainly could have multiple signs and symptoms of rad. Conduct disorder, s... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: Lip chewing or lip biting is a habit, which may be associated with anxiety, but is often simply a habit along the lines of skin picking, hair twirling... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Longer: By definition, symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks. A typical untreated episode lasts for about 6 -9 months, but a single episode can potent... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Unknown: As far as i'm aware, those statistics are not known. The percentage for autism would be much lower than for both asperger's and for the general popula... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: They are the same...Sort of. Melancholic depression is a sub-type of clinical depression, like how mustangs are a type of ford automobile.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Repetitive thoughts: Intrusive, usually unwanted, bothersome repetitive thoughts. They come in many favors and often lead to compulsions. Obsessions are the bothersome, in... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It should not be: Post-partum depression is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition that needs to be ruled out by a qualified professional and is a me... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Same as ADHD: Generally, the same treatments that work for adhd with hyperactivity are effective for adhd without hyperactivity. Good sleep, good nutrition, and le... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Great question: It boils down to comparing risks to benefits. How impairing and/or distressing are the symptoms? Also, rather than thinking of starting meds as a fore... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Past History: Far and away, the largest risk factor for post-partum depression is a prior personal history of a major depressive episode, major mood episode such as... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Cancer: The fact that you call it "ganja" and ask which illnesses "qualify" for a prescription leads me to wonder if you may be looking for a reason to justif... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Professional help: Bipolar disorder is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease. You need to see a professional asap for proper evaluation and treatment. If you a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Unlikely: The amount circulating in the blood stream from the corticosteroid in the nasal spray is unlikely to be high enough to trigger psychiatric effects. Th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Same as always: I don't think having depression changes recommendations for dealing with bullies. The same recommendations as for the general population would apply. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Need more info: At least for me, i would need more details about your job as well as your goals before i could formulate a useful answer. Maybe you could try re-askin... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Varies: There is no single best antidepressant medication. Each person responds differently. In fact, on average, most antidepressants are about equally effec... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It's possible: Although the symptoms you describe are consistent with adhd, there are many other conditions that can cause difficulty with focus and concentration. A... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
You can: Yes, you can still have a period, or menstrual bleeding, especially early on in the pregnancy. You need a pregnancy test to determine the answer. Bes... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is sometimes used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness, such as that associated with narcolepsy, and is also sometimes used... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many causes: There are many possible causes for difficulty focusing. Without knowing more details, the list of possible causes is very lengthy. I recommend that yo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Please don't do that: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is a powerful stimulant medication related to Ritalin (methylphenidate). Symptoms can include racing heartbeat, increased... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Degree of severity: Although there are technical differences for making the diagnosis, in practice, autism is seen as a spectrum disorder. The most severe are diagnosed w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There is a good deal of symptom overlap between a panic attack and symptomatic hypoglycemia and one could fairly easily be mistaken for the other. Als... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Difficult problem: Since impulsivity often involves acting before thinking, using cognitive (thinking) skills can be difficult. Some possibilities are lowering stress le... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: Genetic testing would not provide any additional benefit in predicting who else would be at higher risk for autism.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Often, not always: Adhd is a spectrum disorder. Clusters of symptoms fall at all different places along the spectrum. Someone with "add", now technically, albeit confusi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Need more info: Is it the same, recurring dream? Is it based on a real-life trauma? What meds are you taking on a regular basis? What meds have you tried to help with... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Unless you grew and harvested the marijuana yourself, you don't even know what's really in the stuff. It's quite common for marijuana to be adulterate... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes, look: Although there is no "cure" for autism, effective and beneficial treatments exist. What's more, we know that the earlier these treatment interventions... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
You need therapy: I recommend you see a good psychotherapist to help you unravel this complex issue that, left untreated, is likely to have profound negative effects on... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It can: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can cause diuresis. It can also cause dry mouth, which leads to increased fluid intake, which lea... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It's not: Self diagnosis is a bad idea in general, even for a doctor, but it is impossible for anyone to self-diagnose any type of psychosis. But by definition,... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Find a partner: Find someone to be accountable to and to provide support. Set realistic goals. Don't give up when you have a.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It's the opposite: Many bullies feel inferior, rather than superior to those bullied. Most bullies, in fact, gave themselves been victims of bullying. There is no effect... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
One step at a time: List the lifestyle changes you want to make. Order the list from easiest to most challenging. Start with the easiest first. Focus on making one change... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Impossible: Delusions, by definition, cannot be self-identified or self-diagnosed. If you realize it is a false belief, it is not a delusion. If you really have a... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: Autism is a disorder with a very complex etiology (cause) that involves possible defects within some, all, or none of many different identified chromo... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Definitions: Positive symptoms are additional experiences, such as hallucinations and delusions added to a person's perception of reality. Negative symptoms repres... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
1-2 weeks: On average, for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, it takes 7-14 days after achieving a therapeutic blood level. I will defer to my neurology col... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Restlessness: Examples include excessive and unnecessary movements such as fidgeting, pacing, tapping, jogging of the leg while sitting, rearranging or fiddling wit... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Possible: It is possible for symptoms of an autistic spectrum disorder to not be noticed until after 3 years of age. Officially, symptoms must be present by 3 y... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Absolutely yes: Adhd is one of the most proven and studied disorders in all of western medicine. There are thousands of research studies, including neuroimaging studi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Variety: There are a variety of tests, including rating scales such as the gilliam's, and tests such as the ados, to help in diagnosing aperger's disorder. How... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Autism spectrum: Autistic disorders, like many, if not most, other diseases and disorders, exist on a spectrum from milder to more severe. Asperger's disorder is a way... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It varies: Person's with asperger's disorder are like the rest of humanity when it comes to this particular personality trait: some are very competitive, some ar... Read More
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Nov 5, 2012
I appreciate Dr. Jacobs's presence here on HealthTap. He's a very knowledgeable physician whose caring comes through in his answers.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Jacobs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Jacobs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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His first fever at age 2. His first ear infection at age 4. Has been in a CSS classroom since age 3. Immunized with non combo vaccines, no preservatives, hes been on Feingold diet x1 yr. Only take...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Great advice. I do turn my cell phone off at night and I cover everything that has a light on it. I still don't sleep much.
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Thank you for your response. I did go to a DR but I feel I was misdiagnosed, I am only trying to find answers because I feel lost. Thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of New Mexico School of Medicine, NM
Graduated 1999MD

Awards

Graduated medical school with honors
Outstanding child & adolescent psychiatry fellow of the year (both years of fellowship)
Chief Resident
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