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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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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.

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Child Psychiatry

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161 Answers
147 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Probably not: If it was just a single dose of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.75mg over 2 weeks ago, it would most likely be out of your system by now. Hopefully, it was actua... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Ignore: One day at a time stay sober for just today love and gratitude.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Helpful techniques: While there is no "cure", many persons with asperger's disorder see improvement in ability to function over time. A child with asperger's disorder oft... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No to 1, Yes to 2: All birth control is by prescription only (except condoms! don't forget to use condoms!) virtually all states allow for minors (women under 18 years ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Medically speaking..: I'm not sure if you mean psychologically or medically, as there are consequences in both areas. Medically, offspring of closely related parents are mo... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Because it's a toxin: The myth that marijuana isn't a neurotoxin just won't seem to go away. Marijuana is a toxin. The evidence of it's toxic effects is overwhelming. There... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: The majority of the time there is some component of hyperactivity, but it is possible to have adhd, inattentive sub-type, without any hyperactivity. T... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: As long as an orgasm that gets sperm into the woman's birth canal occurs, it doesn't matter how erect or soft the man's penis.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Heart & Brain: In particular, some evidence indicates fish oil may reduce cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, some evidence indicates fi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Forever: A person with bulimia nervosa may not lose weight at all. In fact, he or she might eve be overweight. It is easy to confuse bulimia nervosa with anore... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There is research to back-up the benefits of fish oil supplementation for mood abnormalities. Making it a rational choice to augment more mainstream t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to enjoy songs and creative writing in a proportion similar to the general pop... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Much less common: Only about one in 10 people with bulimia or anorexia nervosa are male. The causes are presumably similar to the causes in females. Binge eating disord... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Depends: It depends on the filter and the particular.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Being underweight: Anorexia requires that a person be significantly underweight. Often bulimics are normal weight, or even overweight. Both anorexia and bulimia may invo... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can worsen mood disorder symptoms. Conversely, in some cases Adderall (dextroamphetamine and race... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many causes: While you're correct, there are many other possible causes for your friend to be eating non-stop lately. I recommend you start by asking her. She may ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Absolutely: Although asperger's disorder involves certain characteristics, or symptoms, the symptoms can manifest in differing ways. For example rigid thinking an... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Longer acting med: It will depend on what else, if anything your prescriber is comfortable prescribing other than clonidine. Clonidine is a good med for getting a kid to... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Bad idea: There is a much safer way to treat seasonal depression. Only your eyeballs need the light, and they need it on schedule every morning. A light box th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Face their fears: Do not allow the child to "successfully" avoid school or other activities, it makes the problem worse. Reassure the child you are confident he or she ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
3 main types: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Either: Usually a diagnosis of childhood that subsides with age. However, some people carry at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. We all know people f... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Disliking your body: It usually starts with an intense feeling of dissatisfaction for one's body image. This intense dissatisfaction then leads to the binging and/or purgi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Trendy: It's currently a trendy term that's come into public awareness. Increased awareness accounts for some of the seeming increased rate, also, for unknown... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not the same: Although "impulsive: and "compulsive" sound similar, they have completely different meanings. In one sense they may even be considered the opposite. Y... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Varies: Yes, you are likely to be more alert, even if you don't have adhd. However, you are also at risk for adverse side effects, especially since i'm guessi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Specialist needed: I recommend your son be evaluated and treated by a specialist who has completed fellowship training in child & adolescent psychiatry. In general, my o... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many reasons: Sibs share, on average, 50% of their genes with one another. The actual percentage in a specific family may be significantly less than 50%. Further, a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Neurotransmitter: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. A chemical that enables a neuron to "communicate" with other neurons in the brain. Dopamine has many varied effects in... Read More
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A 47-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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Vistaril (hydroxyzine) has the potential to alter sleep architecture, which includes rem sleep, where dreaming occurs. The potential to induce vivid o... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
BMI: People with anorexia nervosa must be abnormally underweight whereas those with bulimia nervosa are often in the normal weight range or even overweight... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Needs a professional: There spectrum between suspicious and paranoid, between doubting, skepticism, and pessimism and downright loss of touch with reality. No one, not even... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
25 hours: Previous research has shown that persons living in caves shift to a 25 hour daily circadian rhythm instead of a 24 hour cycle. However, they were allo... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
It depends: It depends on how skinny you mean. Google.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Give it a try: The problem is getting them to actually take it! :-) if you can actually get the kid to ingest it, i recommend a trial of fish oil for most with autis... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Both: "paranoia" is used in common everyday language. Usually, however, the person means "suspicious", rather than having paranoid delusions, as a defined m... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Sometimes: Some side effects go away, or at least get better, over time, and some do not. It sounds like you really need to discuss the situation in more detail ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Multiple treatments: Early idenification. Applied behavioral analysis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications for severe aggression, hyperacti... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Sometimes: All types of abuse (emotional, physical, & sexual) are damaging. The extent of damage may be more severe for emotional or sexual abuse than for physic... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Multifactorial: Although clearly a genetic disorder, the mode of inheritence for tourette's is complex, involving multiple defective genes, and perhaps even an interp... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many..and none.: The answer is that i routinely utilize many different medications from multiple different classes of medications a part of treatment for severe "rage"... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Nutrition: I assume you mean what can you do without a prescription. There is evidence for omega-3 fatty acid (a.K.A. Fish oil) supplementation, zinc replacement... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: This side effect is more common in children and young adults, although the vast majority of children and adolescents do not become more aggressive wit... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No: By definition, some symptoms have to be present by 3 years of age.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Don't self-diagnose: You need to see a professional to see if you think you may have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a major life-long illness, requiring on-going treatmen... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Hopefully, your child will not have an autism spectrum disorder. But the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis. As with most medical... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: But it's not a simple blood test. You should start by taking the child to his primary care provider, who can then refer the child to a specialist for ... 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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