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Dr. Kevin Passer

Child Psychiatry
Hattiesburg, MS
36 years experience male

Locations

The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

Address

5317, Old Hwy 11, Hattiesburg, MS, United States
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

6012619102

The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi

Hattiesburg , MS

About

Bio

I am a Johns Hopkins trained, Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. I am also Board Certified in General/Adult Psychiatry as well as Addictionology. I have been in practice for over 20 years and have treated over 18,000 children. I am a Certified Substance Abuse Professional for the Department of Transportation and a Medical Review Officer. I have written a book on behavior problems available on Kindle called: PARENTING THE KIDS According to a Child Psychiatrist. I have also produced a DVD on behavior problems available on Amazon called: The 20 Minute Behavioral Miracle. The DVD won the Adding Wisdom Award from the non-profit group Parent to Parent Organization for The Best New Product for Children in 2005. I currently own and operate The Detox Clinic of Hattiesburg where I work to try and help folks with Drug and Alcohol Addictions. I am one of about 90 National Mentors for the Physicians Clinical Support System to help teach other Doctors about the safe and effective practice of Outpatient Based Opiate Therapy for Opiate Dependency using buprenorphine, which is the medication in Suboxone and Subutex. 

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Child Psychiatry

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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
No Advocare: I would not use Advocare. It is not FDA approved. It isn't proven to be safe or effective. Also, there are no "quick fixes" for weight control, gettin... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Not a great combo: I usually don't do say this here, but I'm wondering why you are on those two medications together? I've been practicing for 30 years. I... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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ADHD meds: There are choices besides stimulants for ADHD. One is Straterra, which has fewer sexual side effects than stimulants. I like the medication buproprion... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Adderal at age 60?: There is no absolute contraindication relative to an upper age restriction for adderal, which is an amphetamine/stimulant medication. As with any medi... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Deadly Psychosis?: "Psychosis," in and of itself, is a symptom. Many things that can cause psychosis, both mental and physical. Seeing things, is probably a Visual Hallu... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Not a great combo: i would discourage drinking anymore than one or two drinks while taking Cymbalta (duloxetine). It's not a good idea to mix alcohol with most psychotro... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Stopping Suboxone: Why do you want to stop the buprenorphine? It is probably helping you stay off dangerous opiates. You should discuss tapering with your doctor. It's a... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
On Methadone: You didn't say how much Methadone you're on. Maybe you need a lower dose. Did your doctor recommend prescribing Ritalin (methylphenidate) for you, or ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Taking Suboxone : Do not use tobacco for 30 minutes before placing it under tongue. Drink water to moisten your your mouth. Try to stick the strip to the bottom of the ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Imitrex (sumatriptan): Well, you experienced side effects from the Imitrex. In some cases, medications like Lexapro, (escitalopram) can make Migraines worse. For my patients... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Many do: Many medications cause insomnia, too many to even begin to list here. Caffeine commonly causes insomnia as well. Check with your Doctor. There are phy... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Antipsychotics: Ziprazadone-Geodon and Lurasidone-Latuda, in my experience, are associated with weight loss. Quetiapine-Seroquel and Olanzapine-Zyprexa, cause the mos... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
See a Doctor: You should see a doctor, who can very likely examine your ear, determine what's wrong and provide the appropriate treatment. You should not have any t... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Avoid drugs: Some recent studied have shown that drugs of abuse, even Cannabis, can trigger Psychosis and contribute to an earlier onset of conditions like Schizop... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
SSRI side effects : All the antidepressants in the class called Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI, can cause sexual side effects. Prozac (fluoxetine) can b... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Ignore: Ignore negative behaviors. Kids have tantrums to make an impression on Mom or Dad. Leave the room.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Ativan (lorazepam) doses: Three milligrams of Ativan (lorazepam) is not a low dose, esp. for a 63 yo. If one takes that much Ativan (lorazepam) every day for at least one month... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Pregancy testing: While I am not an expert in this area, i think a woman should wait at least one week after a missed period for a pregnancy test to be most accurate. A... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Adderal Hypertension: Yes, Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) causes the symptoms you described. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Stimulant effects: Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is an Amphetamine and is a "cousin" to Crystal Meth. Some folks don't realize that and say, their doctor never explained th... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Trichotillomania?: Hair pulling is called Trichotillomania and is related to Anxiety Disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Trichotillomania can respond to both b... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Too much THC: Too much THC too quickly can cause the symptoms you describe. Some are very similar to an anxiety of panic attack. The difference is, the cannabis is ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
It's You: It's really, probably your own anxiety, not your infant. How do you know your infant is anxious? Those are your feelings. Behavioral insomnia in infan... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
NA: Narcotics anonymous is a 12 step support group for people who want to stop using drugs. Often times, a person feels better when they know others are g... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
About a week or so: If a patient of mine takes suboxone, it will not be detected in the urine test i perform after about one week. It does however depend upon the dose as... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
There is help: There's help available in the form of certain medications you could take for a while to help control your symptoms. Because you describe a very defini... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
They're similar: The difference is that with schizoaffective d/o. A person has a period of having psychosis during a time when their mood is stable. With bipolar psych... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Yes: I use an old medicine for my patients with panic called nortriptyline. Because of how Paxil (paroxetine) can effect it's metabolism, it is a good idea... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
It depends: A person with bulimia nervosa could die suddenly at anytime due to several things. One could be a tear between the esophagus and the stomach causing s... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
I wouldn't try it: Herbs and various suppliments unfortunately have not been tested. That means, the fda has not certified these substances to be safe and effective. Som... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Maybe: It seems to me that smoking one thing is better than smokimg two things, as far as one's lungs are concerned. It is a good idea to smoke less in gener... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
It's not good: What you described has been considered by some experts as an indicator for more severe problems later on in life. Cruelty to animals is not that uncom... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Ev... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Hard to say: It could be anxiety from a nightmare or it could be sleep apnea. Do you snore? Do you have kind of a thick neck. A sleep study could probably determin... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Nortriptyline: My drug of choice for panic attacks is called nortriptyline. It is an older medication. Many physicians who received their training after the first ss... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
I would think so: Although, tamiflu (oseltamivir) is prescribed for the influenza virus which can attack the lungs. Therefore, you may want to refrain from smoking due ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
That's a shame: You need to try and find either a board certified addiction psychiatrist or a board certified psychiatrist who is also board certified in addictionolo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Two main things: Anxiety feelings while lying flat on one's back, can be a problem with the heart or lungs. One is still breathimg, just not getting enough oxygen. Tha... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Being bullied: Bullies create more bullies. Often a bully was bullied by a parent. With too much physical punishment by an adult, a person learns- "i can hurt you be... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
There are ways: The two main forms of treatment for anxiety and panic disorder are medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt). Cbt is very effective. It invol... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Behavioral Insomnia: When you attend to a one year old every time he or she cries at night, you may be accidently reinforcing the behavior you are trying to avoid. It is a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Doctor's Advice: The best treatment for Suboxone withdrawal will be contained in the advice one receives from their own prescribing physician. That is because, we cann... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
It's difficult: I would try and enlist the help of family first. Try and talk to the loved one in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way. Try asking questions instead ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
No Time: It is never really safe to take heroin. I am sorry to sound preachy, but them's the facts. A heroin addict needs to get on Suboxone and stay on it. Yo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Difficult to say: The word incest has a negative connotation mostly dealing with something a person has no power over and something which cannot be changed. I am afraid... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
They are common: Night terrors are common and most all kids grow out of them. They usually occur before midnight, whereas night mares occur after midnight. They do see... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Two Models: There are two models when it comes to the treatment for opiate dependency. The first is called: abstinence based model which means the addict does not... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Yes: Stool softeners like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak usually help. Citalopram is not known for causing problems with constipation, but it is possib... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Yes: Having a thyroid problem does not preclude one from receiving Suboxone for opiate dependency. Some folks with low thyroid may feel depressed amd feel ... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
No: The best way to determine pregnancy is with a pregnancy test. Worrying about whether one is pregnant can cause anxiety with problems sleeping, all of... Read More
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Jul 2, 2014
A great resource and physician for the people of Mississippi. Educational materials that Dr. Passer has developed extend his sphere of influence and teaching far beyond the south central part of the s...Read More
Nov 7, 2014
he is a expert who is knowledgeable in Schizophrenia, Alcoholism, Suboxone, Behavior problems in children We are fortunate to have him contributing to the health tap community.
Sep 26, 2013
Very knowledgeable expert in psychiatry. Gives excellent, clear answers. A treasure from the great state of Mississippi. Highly recommend.
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Thanks, being an ER doc, they said they can't do continuing treatment and referred her back to her PCM. Unfortunately, no appts were available for at least 2 weeks, so if needed, to go back to ER, whi...Read More
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Thank you. Latest update...doc prescribed lysteda. This greatly reduces cramping so that 2 Advil every 6 hours allows me to function. Lysteda makes me foggy and incredibly bloated, but better than the...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I did not know that so many shared my symptoms of burning rubber smell, thank you for the information! It was of great use. I do not feel so alone.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

KS

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL

Awards

Don Carlos Guffy Award
Top Doctor, Second Place, Mississippi - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Mississippi - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pain Management

Publications

Pimozide in the Treatment of Capgras Syndrome
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