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Dr. David Hunter

Psychiatry
MN
31 years experience

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Dr. Hunter was born in Louisiana, Missouri. He has an undergraduate degree from Washington University and completed medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He did his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He is board certified in adult and Forensic Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He practices in Fulton, Missouri.

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Psychiatry

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45 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: In the United States, people of african american decent are at greater risk for problem drinking than the general population. This risk is greatly in... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: The diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders fourth addition text revision or dsm-iv tr codes both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
There are many: One of the more popular therapies is dialectical behavior therapy where patients are urged to use their "wise mind" to slow down and not make snap jud... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not necessarily: Many studies indicate that there is a genetic component to alcoholism. Being brought up in an alcoholic home can only enhance this risk. Children te... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: People become alcoholics because they like to drink alcohol and lose control over their drinking. Every alcoholic has a different excuse for drinking... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
It depends: This region of the world contains dozens of ethnic groups some of which have a lower incidence of alcoholism because of religious prohibitions. The b... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: Most mental health professionals would agree that there is no cure for alcoholism. There are several medications on the market to assist with sobriet... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
See below: If you have consequences from drinking such as physical, emotional, legal, or social difficulties associated with alcohol use, then you may have an al... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Absolutely: The liver detoxifies alcohol and is greatly effected over time with some users developing cirrhosis. Brain cells are lost from drinking and never reg... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Unashamed: Help educate your friends about mental illness in general and schizophrenia in particular. Hospitalization is a time when your true friends should ra... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: Safe and effective preparations used to treat depression are all available only on a prescription basis. Over the counter treatments do not have the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Get checked out: Pain is the way your body lets you know there is a problem. The relationship to your drinking is no accident. This could be anything from an ulcer, ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Rubbing alcohol is a poison that should not be inhaled or consumed. It is to be used on the skin to clean a wound. It can cause severe metabolic pro... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Routine: Establish the same bed time every night. Use your bed to sleep only, not read or watch television. If you cannot get to sleep in a few minutes, get ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Good med: This is a good medication and you are taking a reasonable dose. Side effects to watch out for include sedation and weight gain. Work closely with yo... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Careful history: Psychopaths are what are known in the dsm-iv-tr as individuals with antisocial personality disorder. This condition, unfortunately, is quite common, ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Although Prozac (fluoxetine) is metabolized very slowly in the body, missing multiple doses can lead to a relapse. Most serotonin drugs are not effec... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Good start: It sounds like you are being treated for an anxiety disorder. Both drugs are approved for this diagnosis. Since you have demonstrated some sensitivi... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: You are just trading one problem for another. Smoking cannabis brings with it all the problems of smoking tobacco. The "better" feeling you get is j... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Compassion: This is a mental disease and people who suffer from it are sick. Loved ones need to be long on patience but firm on limit setting. Being supportive ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
It is complicated: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. As the alcohol enters your blood stream, the part of your brain that controls social interactions is ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Several: You are at higher risk for liver disease. In addition, chronic alcohol users have a higher risk for stroke, heart disease, and some cancers. Alcohol... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Unclear: The term "european" includes a huge and varied group of ethnicities, all with differing rates of alcoholism. The best way to predict your potential r... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many places: If your life is in danger call the police. Many communities have shelters for battered persons who live in abusive relationships. Alanon is an organ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not always: Nothing works in every situation. Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to s... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Supervision: Toddlers require your full attention. If you are impaired or unconscious from drinking, you cannot adequately supervise your child. This is criminal... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many ways: If your drinking has caused legal, physical, social, emotional or other problems, then it has become a problem for you. Use cage. Have you felt a ne... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Probably not: There is no exact test for alcoholism. In general the cage questioneer can be helpful. If you have felt a need to cut down on your drinking, been an... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Absolutely: It is very comforting to know that others share problems that are similar to your own. Support groups can provide strategies for coping with problems... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Changes in light: Most researchers believe that exposure to sunlight can impact mood. People with this disorder tend to find that the problem is worse during winter mo... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: The alcohol will eventually dry your skin and cause damage over time. There are many better over the counter products that can help your oily skin an... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Seek treatment: You may have a severe infection such as strep throat or pnemonia. You should seek help from you primary care physician.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depressant: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It eventually lowers your mood. The "buzz" that people feel when intoxicated is related to the lower... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Many native americans lack an enzyme that assists with alcohol metabolism. They are more likely to become intoxicated on smaller amounts of alcohol. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
In many ways: Your child may feel neglected by your drinking or embarassed by you. He may choose to follow your example and begin drinking himself. There are many... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
It is complicated: Every person has a different metabolic make up. Some have more active enzyme systems and process alcohol more effeciently than others. It also depen... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Personality disorders start in early adulthood and are often hard to treat. There are no fda approved medications. There are numerous skilled therap... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: Panic attacks by definition are of short duration. However, some people experience several per day. With proper treatment the attacks can be managed... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Mental disorders were traditionally divided into psychoses and neuroses. People with psychosis cannot distinguish what is real with what is not real.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: Loss of bladder or bowel control is one way that physicians distinguish between a true epileptic seizure and a pseudoseizure. However, underlying ps... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Don't wait: Don't wait to get professional help. Treatment works best when sought early on in the illness. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to motivat... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Low mood: Many including persistent low mood, sleep disturbances, lack of interest in activities, fatigue, irritability, hopelessness. Early treatment leads to... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hunter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hunter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Wonderful response! You're pretty great Dr. F!
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Thank you for answering my question! I am very nervous about seratonin syndrome....
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Thank you Dr. Hunter for clearing out my concerns.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1991MD

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