Dr. Douglas Bey

Psychiatry
Normal, IL
59 years experience male

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Normal, IL

Address

1100 Beech Street, #10 Normandy Village, Normal, IL
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About

Bio

TTrained at Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka Kansas. Was chief of inpatient unit at Ireland Army Hospital Ft. Knox before going to Vietnam as 1st Division Psychiatrist 69-70. Returned to Normal Illinois where I've been in private practice. Still see outpatients three days a week for evaluation and treatment and consult out of town the other two days. Practice limited to nice patients! :) Married to Debbie R.N. who works in our office. Dr. Gabriel Telot is in the office with me--we've been friends since 1961. Also have five therapists in the office. I have five children (one is an informally adopted godson) and five grandchildren. Also two Yorkies. I've published a number of scientific papers, presented several at the APA & published four books (.see www.dougbey.com website)

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

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709 Answers
170 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
2-3 weehs: It may b faster but this is the usual answer.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Usually not harsh: Celexa (citalopram) was the best selling antidepressant in europe because it had the fewest.Side effects--the few u may notice will likely be gone in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
They can: They can with caution & a mood stabilizer and/ or an antipsychotic on board--otherwise may push into mania.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Augmentation: Your md is probably hoping 2boost the effects of your cynbalta.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Probably: Unless they find a way to fix the genes that cause it but u r fortunate to have meds that control the illness. Few meds fix illnesses most control the... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
It cld b used: Prozac (fluoxetine) helps with anxiety but ssris can cause diarrhea so it's up to what your docs judgement.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Talk to them: Discuss what you've observed & take them to see a psychiatrist ask how bad they've been feeling if they ever felt like giving up suicide etc to determ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes: It is a dual acting, effective, antidepressant--what helps one patient may not help another give it time check with your doctor and let him find the d... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Meds & therapy: Have a psychiatric evaluation likely will suggest medication & therapy.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Could be: May not be related but there is an "a motivational syndrome" that sometimes occurs after prolonged use of ssris.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No good evidence: Scientific studies do not support its efficacy for schizophrenia.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Call your sponsor: Tell loved ones tell sponsor grieve go meetings let others help u through this time.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Lots: There r beaucoup meds but u need to see your md to evaluate the cause of your insomnia & to pick the best one, if appropriate, for you.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Discuss with your md: If u don't agree with your docs recommendation get a second opinion.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No: It is ritalin--weight loss is a common side effect.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
They r both ssris: Prozac was 1st on the market--longer 1/2 life takes longer 2 start working Lexapro (escitalopram) most prescribed by psychiatrists--fewest side effect... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Light & wellbutrin (bupropion): Two common approaches r light therapy & wellbutrin (bupropion).
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Essentially same: Some pts tolerate and/or like one better than the other Celexa (citalopram) is cheaper but they treat the same disorders.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Increases serotonin: It is a selective serotonin reputable inhibitor however no one knows the actual mechanism of the antidepressants.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
30 to 120 mg: Depends on the person & the problem probably most r on 30 to 60 but in my psychiatric practice with more difficult problems 60 to 120 mg.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Can be a side effect: This class of medicines may cause headaches if the problem persists tell your prescribing physician.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes, fairly: Nausea is not rare starting zoloft--taking it with food may help and it usually goes away in a few days it may cause stimulation and tremor but these ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes: Sounds like you have a good relationshi.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
It says not to: The label. Says no--i have patients who do but with caution alcohol is a depressant also patients with panic disorder frequently have an attack the mo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Potentially: Ssris can have discontinuance sx--dizziness shocks in brain flu like sx--prozac has such a long half life you seldom hear pts complain.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No : U ask an interesting question because pts with bpd often have a history of childhood trauma.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Maybe: Most pts are aware but not all. I had a pt who kept her dog with her--if she heard a voice and her dog didn't look around she figured she was hallucin... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Probably not but....: Many people with personality disorders have a hx of childhood abuse but 1/4 of children have had some kind of abuse!
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Discuss with doc: Understandsble that you'd be apprehensive --especially if it seemed to be helping--best to share your concerns with doc
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Hard to say: Zoloft (sertraline) discontinuance ax are usually flu like sz, dizziness & brain zaps--sleep deprivation might be a factor. Or could be another co... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Ask around: Your doc may refer to someone he/she or their nurse, your minister etc--find out who others know & think is good
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Possibly: If due to anxiety/depression that Lexapro (escitalopram) helps--but SSRIs can cause HAs as a side effect
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes: It is an effective and generally well tolerated dual acting antidepressant
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes if it works: Problem is it doesn't help rveryone
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes but: Need a medical evaluation to rule out other possible causes
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Limited therapists: There aren't many therapists who work with bpd--usually long term therapy who are difficult to treat.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Help, therapy,meds: You see a relationship between stress &increase in sx which means reduce the causes of stress and/or learn to better cope with it. SSRIs &benz... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes: I've had many pts who've taken both
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
If your B12 is low: It may help you energy level
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
May: Lamictal is sometimes used for treatment resistant depression. In my experience it's more helpful for the depressed episodes of bipolar & less eff... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No one: I haven't seen any fms pts who have recieved disability for fms.
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Panic disorder: A treatable illness--see a psychiatrist get on an ssri & get things under control.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Probably not: Environmental change might reduce external stress but not endogenous problems like anxiety & depression.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
See doc 4 checkup: Could b anxiety but need work up to determine source of symptoms.
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
All r good: We used to add a low dose of thyroid med to some treatment resistant depressed patients--the combination is no problem.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Tolerance: You can reach a point where the caffeine receptors r blocked and it won't affect you at all-- you can drink it and go to sleep--if you stop drinking a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Neither: It was the first ssri & has been around the longest & has been shown to be safe it has the longest half life so usually no discontinuance sx--it's no... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Either: Agoraphobia is a fear of open space but we usually use this designation when their pd inhibits their activities pts with pd who can carry out normal a... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Contact parents: Probably alert parents and insist on professional help.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Not very: My partner referred several treatment resistant pts and none of them were helped.
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Testimonials
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May 11, 2013
Dr Bey clearly has an exceptional knowledge base of psychiatry. He provides a valuable service to the public through Health Tap. I recommend Dr. Bey.
Aug 24, 2013
Knowledgeable answers, caring and dedicated
Dr. Dave Burns
Oct 31, 2013
Great response and highly recommended- Dave
HealthTap member
Thanks alot Dr.Bey. I really appreciate your help. regarding to your questions yes i have dipression along with OCD but the clear question is am a wieght lifter and there is a thought that telling me ...Read More
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you for giving me a glimmer of hope. Used to be so bubbly & confident. At age 40 now, I'm not sure how to break loose from this.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! well unfortunately im taking rigorous classes this current semester which limits my day, i will look into it soon.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois, Chicago
Graduated 1964MD

Awards

Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Two Bronze Stars, Two Air Medals, Two Service Awards Vietnam
Gold Medal Best Self-Help Book 2010 Loving a Depressed Man

Affiliations

Past President McLean County Medical Society, McLean County Board of Health and the Medical Staff of a local hospital.
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