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Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino

Psychiatry
WV
20 years experience

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Psychiatry

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32 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Worsening of symptom: Patient with chronic conditions like dementia and conditions like stroke will most likely develop depression. Adding the ssri helps. Taking it away wi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Illness relapse: Decompensation means that someone got sick again after being stable.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Pseudo seizures: Are seizures like activity ( non epileptic seizures) 2nd to severe anxiety or due to stressful situations.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Not necessarily: They should resolve with proper treatment. A combination of medication and cognitive behavior therapy has the best outcome.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Not necessarily : They can resolve with proper treatment. Medication plus cognitive behavioral therapy to identify and modify the cause of the panic attacks.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Patient dependent : Unfortunately there is no best treatment. Diferent patient will respond diferently to diferent treatment options. The best treatment will be what work... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Psych eval: Those symptoms and behavior are indeed part of the criteria of bipolar disorder. The best way for you to get properly diagnosed is by seeing a special... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Lifestylemodificatio: Exercise and diet. If the weight gain is to controlled with that then you need to discuss with your prescriber about what would be the best curse of a... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, hydroxizine is used to help with anxiety but 10mg might not cut it. Usually people patients are put on at least 25mg every 6-8 hours if needed fo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Slow taper!!!!!: It could be a couple of days to over a week, depends on the medication that you are taking and the dose. The best way to avoid this is by properly com... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Avoid at all cost!!!: Lithium is not safe in pregnancy. Lithium can cause multiple neurological complication and malformation specially during your first trimester.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
ADHD!!!!: Is there a possibility that this could be adhd. Having adhd does not means that you need to be jumpin off the wall. People that have the innatention t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Risk vs benefits: No antipsychotic is fda approved for treatment in elderly. You have to weight your risk and benefits to see if taking the medication will be more bene... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Impaired cognition: Lack of sleep cause people to be very tiered, have problem with concentration and focusing. These can cause people to get into accidents, make mistake... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Multifactorial: Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder. It's origin can be multifactorial, genetics plays a big role into it, so having a family member with bip... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Anxiety!!!: This could be a sign of anxiety. The stopping it might no be as simple as it sounds, you would have to be constantly aware of the behavior and slowly ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Benefit vs risk: You need to take in consideration the patient symptoms. If they are severe enough that they are putting the fetus at risk then the benefit of the medi... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Psych evaluation : I would get a proper psychiatric evaluation to see why are the symptoms that we are dealing with. A proper history will bring out relevant family hist... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Multiple health issu: You should be concerned about health in general with the use of illicit drugs. Meth is a very dangerous drug that can cause irreversible multiorgan h... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Symptoms reporting: Misdiagnosis are common due to the complexity of the psychiatric pathologies. Some of the symptoms in psychiatric illness my be present in different ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Proper professional : You need to be evaluated by your doctor. He can run some screening tools and refer you to a psychiatrist for a definitive diagnosis.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
As for referral : Try to see a doctor that someone that you know has already seen. Ask them how there experience was, this way it will reduce your anticipatory anxiety... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Panic attacks!!!: You could be dealing with panic attacks. You need to get a proper psychiatric evaluation to determine your symptoms and what are triggering them. Medi... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Sleep apnea!: Do you snore at night? This could be that you are having sleep apnea. You will probably benefit from a sleep study to see i there is any sleep disorde... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
No generic : There is no generic form of lexapro (escitalopram). People think at times that Celexa ( citalopram) is a genetic for but is not.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Proper evaluation: Insomnia could be related to many things. You would need to get properly evaluated to see if there is a secondary cause of your insomnia. Certain illn... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, there is always the possibility of coming of the medication. It all depends how severe are your panic attacks. Beside medication you should be ha... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Be honest: I guess there is no specific way to tell your parents about your sexual orientation besides just being honest with them.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem) CR: You might want to try Ambien (zolpidem) cr that would do the same thing without having to split the tab or taking anything in theiddlenof the night.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Patient related.: Different patient will respond differently to medication, there is no best medication, it is what ever works best to that particular patient. There ar... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Antidepressants: Antidepressant like Prozac (fluoxetine) have been used with good results in pmdd.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Withdrawal symptoms: If you stopped taking the medication cold turkey at that dose, you are exposing yourself to have withdrawal symptoms from it. Rebound anxiety and depr... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Garcia Merino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Garcia Merino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Garcia Merino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have bipola an struggling with managing my disorder an signs of manic episodes
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Here in Brazil there are two drugs saying they are generic for lexapro. Thank you for your answer
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks doc

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Graduated 2002MD
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