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Dr. Neil Liebowitz

Psychiatry
Farmington, CT
40 years experience

Locations

CT Anxiety & Depression Treatment Ctr

Farmington, CT

Address

Address 1, Address 2, Farmington, CT
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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

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

474 Answers
159 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Possible: Although many antidepressants and any med for that matter has GI upset as a potential side effect, reducing anxiety with an antidepressant is more lik... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Pinched nerves: This sounds like a disc problem and you should see a neurologist or orthopedist or physiatrist. All could evaluate you for nerve compression and advi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Panic on stimulant: Stimulants can surely trigger panic. 60mg is a fairly high dose. I would not expect you to get used to this and would talk to your prescriber to re-... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Duration adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Regular Adderall lasts about 6-8 hours. The xr usually lasts 8-10 hours but everyone is different. How much food is taken with it, other meds and ca... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Symptoms vs allergy: Seroquel (quetiapine) xr has significant antidepressant effects as well as antihistamine effects. Lowering can have withdrawal effects which might re... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Yes: As noted in previous answer, you can od on fat soluble vitamins and studies of mega doses of water soluble vits actually speed up grow of cancers (the... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
LSD addiction: I have not seen pts who demonstrated addiction to lsd but more have 'polyabuse' using anything they can get their hands on to alter reality... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Ssri withdrawal: You can read on the internet all horrible things about withdrawal but it can be done safely and with minimal problem. Abruptly stopping the med can l... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
You're electrifying: This maybe related to your electric personality, but more likely related to your shoes. You are generating a lot of static electricity which results ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Presumably: This is a complicated question. Zyprexa is an antipsychotic medication which might be considered for behavioral problems while strattera (atomoxetine... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Good question: I have different opinion about this than many mds. While approved for up to 8mg for seizures, when approved for panic the optimal dose was only 1mg p... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Varies: I've had patients that said it seemed to last anywhere from 3 to 8 hours. There are time release versions as well as vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) which... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Illegal drug use: Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addic... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Multiple issues: Seems as if wt is causing problems. Pressure on nerves when sitting causing tingling. I would talk to md about possibility of sleep apnea that can c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Possibly: Rls can occur by itself or be a symptom of low iron (which can be common in menstrating women) have your iron and blood counts checked. Rls can lead ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Depends on dosage: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an unusual medication as it has vastly different effects at different doses (which vary individually). At low doses (usuall... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Saphris (asenapine): Depends on what Saphris (asenapine) is being used for. For schizophrenia a dosage increase may help as well as taking twice per day. For bipolar man... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Detox vs rehab: Depends on program. Some will want to detox you from all addicting meds, most will appreciate that meds like Klonopin (clonazepam) need more gradual ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Hyper on cymbalta (duloxetine): From your other meds, i suspect you might have a bipolar spectrum disorder which antidepressants can trigger mania or mixed states with hyperness with... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Flu shot: Flu shots like other vaccines expose your body to either a partially killed or killed virus which triggers your immune system to make antibodies to it... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Essential tremor: This maybe part of an essential aka familial aka intention tremor. These are not serious but tend to run in families. They usually are seen most in ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Seek psych help: Hormone changes after hysterectomy can be tough but is very treatable. It may require both hormone treatment and antidepressants along with psychothe... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Ignore: Decreased need for sleep and increased energy are core symptoms of mania as well as cycling of mood.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
yes if monitored: Lithium has been used to augment many antidepressants to give a better response. Antidepressants generally are not indicated for bipolar disorder, bu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
It doesn't: Delayed orgasm and low libido, yes, but i'm not aware of any effect on fertility.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Need further w/u: I agree are you talking about actual blood hormone levels or the fact that she has not had a period. Is she on other meds, eg antipsychotic med can s... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
There: There are many new meds approved for bipolar disorder, but the old standards may be best.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Possibly: There are various options for drug testing, some more sensitive than others. So it is possible that it might show up. But if you have a legitimate p... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Depression /anxiety: Anxiety causes the bowels to slow down leading to upset. The emptiness can come from depression. Talk to a counselor to see what the triggers might ... 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
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
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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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