Dr. Neil Liebowitz

Psychiatry
Farmington, CT
41 years experience

Locations

CT Anxiety & Depression Treatment Ctr

Farmington, CT

Address

Address 1, Address 2, Farmington, CT
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Practice website

Fax

(555) 555-5555

About

Bio

Dr. Liebowitz trained during psychiatry’s transformative years graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1978, Stony Brook University Medical School in 1982, psychiatry clerkship at Columbia University Psychiatric Institute in 1981, and psychiatric residency at Yale University in 1986. He is currently an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut. He opened the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression treatment center in 1994. He is author of Psychiatry in Technocolors: A psychiatrist's memoir of lessons learned about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depression. available on Amazon.com

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

474 Answers
159 Agrees
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Anxiety vs arrthymia: If it quacks like a duck... Its likely anxiety. Many people have trouble labeling their emotions and can have limited symptom panic attacks with just... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Weight gain on meds: There can be weight gain which is due to a variety of factors: slowed metabolism and increased hunger (esp from abilify) keep track of your weight and... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Food interactions: Great question, as Dr Jackson noted buprorion is metabolized by cyp2b6. This metabolism is necessary for its benefit. A search revealed that certain... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Marijuana withdrawal: Yes there can be a protracted withdrawal from marijuana. Usually anxiety, poor sleep and irritability. You could also be unmasking an underlying anx... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Treat underlying: Most of insomnia I see is due to anxiety, depression and/ or poor sleep hygiene. Need to treat the underlying problem not the symptom (ie. not sleepin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Relapsing sx: You answered your own question. The med was helping, your reduced it below its therapeutic dose and your sx are returning. Either go back up on dose... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Anxiety: I strongly encourage you to seek help of a psychiatrist. Anxiety and depression are very treatable with a combination of medications and therapy. The... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes wellbutrin (bupropion) dose: Wellbutrin (bupropion) comes in 3 forms: immediate release (IR), 12hour release (SR) and 24 hour (XL). There is a small risk of seizure if blood leve... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depression: This is not just insomnia. This is a treatment for depression that insomnia would be just a symptom of. It is not unsafe as a treatment for depressi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Cheaper: Escitalopram (Lexapro) is the purified form of citalopram (Celexa) it is newer and a more expensive generic. Celexa has more side effects that can c... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Can be meds: Based on your profile info I see your meds of Seroquel (quetiapine) and Brintellex which can cause akathesia which is a type of restlessness. Seroque... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
OCD cause: Speculation is that it is a combination of genetic vulnerability and interaction with environment. In young people strep infections might lead to OCD... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Stopping heavy alcohol use can be a risk for seizures as is bupropion in individuals at risk for seizures. I would suggest detoxing from alcohol first... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Get evaluated: Two factors determine illness: symptoms and dysfunction. If the symptoms have a negative impact on your life like interfering with work, relationshi... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Unlikely: While any med can cause elevated liver enzymes (so can eating too much fatty foods or being overweight), liver toxicity from Adderall (dextroamphetami... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depression: While dopamine blockers (eg antipsychotics) can cause flat moods, the atypical ones described can help depression esp when combined with antidepressan... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Agitation on buspar (buspirone): In my experience this can happen with some people and I don't think it resolves with time. Just because it is approved for anxiety treatment doesn't ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Possible std: What labs were normal? Testing for sexually transmitted diseases like gonohrea and clamydia requires special culture medium. While this could be yea... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Environment/inheri: Type 1 is probably due to infection in vulnerable pt causing destruction of Insulin cells in pancreas. Type 2 is usually due to obesity where you can... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: For three reasons, head injury could injure the emotional part of the brain and the trauma that caused the head injury is a source of stress. Finally... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
What difference: What is the difference if she were heterosexual? Monogamy isn't special to heterosexuals and trust is trust. How can she be sure you won't cheat on ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Sleep disorder: Did you actually have a sleep study to make the idiopathic diagnosis or was this just by history? Idiopathic, i was taught meant that the patient is ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
As short as possible: Prednisone is a miracle med that puts many problems in remission but comes at a price of : anxiety, depression, agitation, increased risk of infection... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Shift work?: Why do you want to go to sleep so early? I suspect you have either shift work or a planned trip. Use of melatonin can help you get sleepy earlier. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Many reasons: Hormonal-low thyroid makes you cold and shivering generates heat, low blood sugar causes adrenaline to be released; neurologic-pinched nerves cut conn... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
None purging: Purging isn't exercise where you burn calories. You are vomiting up food before it gets to be digested. This also brings up stomach acid which erode... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes several: Impulsivity can be a symptom of several problems including adhd, bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive disorder and borderline personality disorder... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Side effects: I suspect you have a difficult to treat depression and the combination of meds is not unreasonable. Discuss with your psychiatrist your side effects.... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Anxiety: If his md has ruled out cardiac problem, and gerd, the most likely is panic anxiety. Panic occurs in waves that may repeat throughout the day. A ps... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Call your MD: 300mg of amitriptlyine is a high dose and should be carefully monitored. If you are confused about the dosage and timing don't guess, ask your prescr... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Probable RLS: There are several sleep disorders that can cause shaking or more likely a restless feeling (rls=restless leg syndrome, which can affect the whole body... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is a new class of antidepressant. I have found it useful for anxiety as well as depression. It has different side... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Before: Benzos work better at preventing anxiety than after the fact. Pretreating anxious situations may prevent panic attacks and result in lower needed dos... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Thanks for asking!: I agree with the above. Some worsening can be from withdrawal which is more physical sx eg. Dizziness, poor sleep which might be rx with alt meds. R... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Weakness: There are many neurologic conditions that can be associated with weak muscles which would cause your legs to "buckle" start with your pcp doing an exa... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depends: One capsule a day sounds like it might be long term low dose Doxycycline used to prevent acne or rosacea. This is not uncommon. I advise a daily prob... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
slowly or substitute: Seroxat is paroxetine or in us called paxil. As ssris it has some of the more difficult withdrawal sx. Stopping for pregnancy raises two issues: 1: ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depends: That is a low starting dose. I use up to 30mg twice per day. I sometimes start people at 15mg per day so if you don't have any side effects in a few ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Several: Discuss with her gyn. Depending on health status, need for disease prevention, whether she's had children, options include iud, diaphragm and birth ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Depends: I assume you are meaning to alternate days so you are effectively taking less of the med equivalent to about 15mg. It depends on what your effective ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Hymen: They would check for an intact hymen by vaginal exam. This is not something that should be done in america and is not accurate as a woman can have a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr duration: Most of the effect is gone in 8-10 hours. There may still be a decreasing amount in the blood over the next two days (eg for drug testing) metabolit... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Not necessarily: Just like Elavil (amitriptyline) used for headaches, buproprion which is mostly a norepinphrine med can help pain and headache often at lower doses th... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Suicide reason: There are many reasons someone tries suicide, but i think they all can be summarized as the person feels that it is the best option. Their thinking i... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Yes: If by pms you mean premenstrual syndrome- which is evidence of normal hormonal cycling. Based upon your age you are likely to still be fertile.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Initial worsening: Its not uncommon to have some initial worsening beginning antidepressant and some GI side effects. This should improve after 2 weeks. If it doesn't ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
MTHFR gene: There are several 'mutations' of this gene which affects the ability to convert the vitamin Folic Acid to active form. 2 copies of the bad gene can r... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Medication effect: This is common question, most psych meds get quickly into your 'system' or blood and brain, but the effects are usually delayed often several weeks. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Good tx: With good treatment he can recover. I think it takes 6 to 12 months of good treatment to recover. The brain needs time to heal and last to recover i... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Many: Brains are not fully developed until age 25. Alcohol at early age affects brain development and are more likely to become addicted and more severely ... Read More
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Dec 18, 2014
Dr. Liebowitz is an expert on depression and anxiety with a wealth of experience evident in his answers. Not only is he knowlegeable about the conditions but is up to date on the latest medications a...Read More
Dr. Martin Fried
Nov 7, 2014
We are priviledged to have such an expert as Dr Liebowitz on health tap. His contributions in Bipolar disorder, Depression are important. He is a major contributor to the health tap community.
Aug 22, 2013
Knowledegeable and caring answers
HealthTap member
Thank you and I will talk to the doctor to see if she will run these tests. She ended up prescribing me anxiety medication and depression medication but I don't feel I need them. I just want to feel g...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you Dr Liebowitz. I only take xanax as needed when I have a panic attack but i still did not want the possibility of mixing muscle relaxer and xanax. Thanks again for your time!!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yes I think It was the Seroquel but I haven't taken it in 8 months. :( I don't know what to do. Thank you for your insight.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, Connecticut - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Connecticut - Summer
2013
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