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Dr. Chris Esguerra

Psychiatry
Burlingame, CA
17 years experience male

About

Bio

Board certified in psychiatry, I provide medication evaluation and management. I am experienced in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I also provide group and couples therapy services. Comfortable treating a wide range of psychiatric issues, I also provide services to professionals and executives (physicians, executives, lawyers, etc) understanding the unique stresses and challenges professionals and executives face.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

128 Answers
91 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
About 4-7 days: Geodon or ziprasidone tends to have sedating effects during the beginning of treatment, making someone drowsy. These effects tend to go away after 4-... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Adhd is a developmental problem in some of the frontal lobe circuits that result in inattention, distraction, hyperactivity, and impulsivity symptoms.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Not hallucinations: Anxiety, when severe enough as in a panic attack, can cause "tunnel vision" where all you see is that which is in front of you. This is due to the eff... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depression=Episodic: Major depression, in general, is episodic--it comes and eventually goes away. The risk for future depressive episodes increase the more episodes you ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Stress Management: I think i answered similar. Stress can have large negative impact on your sex drive. It helps then to find ways to manage your stress and stressors t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, but depends: There are many studies that support online psychotherapy. The most supported types of online psychotherapy are grounded in cognitive behavioral therap... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Antidepressants in general can cause sexual side effects, which include decreased interest, inability to maintain an erection (in men) or maintain aro... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Talk to your MD: This may mean that your medication regimen as well as your social/physical activities may need an adjustment. Talk to your psychiatrist to review you... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depends: The question is a little vague. For example, it is perfectly normal to become joyous (from feeling sad) after hearing very good news or vice versa af... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Not really: At worst, revenge can backfire and worsen or escalate the bullying. Revenge can also turn the victim into a bully. Generally assertiveness technique... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Relaxation tricks: This is a normal response to a stressful situation. Beforehand, preparation and practice can help you feel more at ease with the process. It may be ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Not sure: Being a hypochondriac means a lot of anxiety around your physical health status and worrying that any physical signal (pain, itch, etc) means there is... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Other alternatives: Talk to you child psychiatrist or pediatrician to review other alternatives. With the non stimulants, there is Guanfacine (tenex (guanfacine) or intu... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Stimulant>Nonstim: In general, for adhd, stimulant treatment has been shown to have greater efficacy and work faster than nonstimulants. Nonstimulants are helpful, but ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Terms: Clinical depression, or major depression, consists of at least two weeks of feeling depressed alongside 4 of the following: changes in sleep, changes ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Talk to your MD: It would be good to talk to your md about these side effects. Normally, if Celexa (citalopram) caused only sleepiness, taking it at night is useful. ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Stress management: Stress can have large negative impact on your sex drive. It helps then to find ways to manage your stress and stressors through activities such as ex... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeli... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Symptom profile: Schizophrenia, disorganized type predominantly has symptoms of disorganized thought processes usually resulting in speech content that may even be inc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Some chance: There is robust evidence of the genetic heritability of adhd. Twin studies and family studies point to a genetic heritability of up to 60%. A siblin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depends: Generally, cognitive behavioral therapy for depression takes around 4-8 weeks to take some effect and up to 12 weeks. The factors that greatly improv... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Not directly: People with adhd suffer from the negative effects on their work and relationships at times. This can lead to low self-esteem and perhaps lead to majo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
SSRIs: Zoloft or sertraline commonly results in nausea, dry mouth, upset stomach, constipation within the first several weeks, but these should go away. Oth... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Higher risk: A study in the lancet (2009) showed that if sibling a has bipolar, the sibling b is 8 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Other studies pl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depressed mood: Depressed mood or inability to feel pleasure in things are the more prominent signs of a major depressive episode. Other symptoms include changes in s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
A dangerous problem: Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that strongly hijacks your pleasure center. Casual use can easily lead to health, social, and legal consequences. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depends: Sometimes a depressive episode for someone with bipolar disorder can come out of nowhere. Other times, a depressive episode may follow a manic or hyp... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Criteria, seek help: If you are suspecting depression in yourself, seek assistance and an evaluation from your doctor. Major depressive episode consists of 4 of the follo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, however: Clozaril/clozapine is an effective antipsychotic medication with many cautions requiring regular blood tests. It can be effective for severe or diffi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Rapid breathing: Hyperventilation is essentially when someone breathes rapidly. There can be many normal and abnormal causes to rapid breathing. It is the other symp... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Lingering sleepiness: Depending on the length of your flight and if you took ambien/zolpidem when you took off, you may still feel sleepy, groggy, or a "hung-over" feeling.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Rare side effect: It is a rare side effect of zoloft/sertraline, where the taste changes can include a metallic taste in the mouth. This is a rare occurrence with ssri... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) is global worry (about everything) all day everyday for 6 months or more causing decreased function in life activit... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
It can: Paxil or paroxetine is an ssri that can result in weight gain due to its antihistamine effect (causes sleepiness and appetite increase in some). This... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depends: If the length of time you have not taken fluoxetine has been greater than 2 weeks, then restarting fluoxetine will require 2-4 weeks of taking it regu... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Varies: Intensive psychotherapy can refer to many types of psychotherapy, but has the common factor of very frequent visits. This can be twice a week or even ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Possible: Although not that common, seroquel/quetiapine can cause a rash and, in very rare cases, a severe rash called stevens-johnson that is an emergency. Re... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
No: Flagyl or Metronidazole inhibits an enzyme that facilitates the metabolism of a byproduct of alcohol metabolism that causes all of those effects when ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Causes and symptoms: Depression can result from stressors, chronic stress, substances, genetics, among other things. Major depressive episode consists of 4 of the followi... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Delirium: Delirium is essentially brain failure and is caused by a variety of things. What you described - infection and metabolic disturbance while being in t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Trazodone/Desyrel: Trazodone is an antidepressant often use to help with sleep. It can cause sleepiness, a hung-over feeling the next day, blurred vision, dry mouth, in... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Newer Antipsychotic: Risperidone is a second generation antipsychotic that is fda approved for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues with autism. It is g... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Likely no: Within a full battery of psychological tests, the likelihood of missing the diagnosis of add even if it was there (false negative) is very low. Usual... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Guide to be good: Check out this site for very good tips: http://bullyfree.Com/free-resources/tips-for-parents essentially, stay calm, demonstrate to them that bullying... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Tightness in the throat and difficulty breathing (shallow breathing) can and does often occur when someone is anxious. These are some of the symptoms... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Relaxation technique: Relaxation techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing techniques, mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, etc can help ease the nervousness and thus t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Nonstimulants: Nonstimulants such as atomoxetine (strattera), guanfacine, or Clonidine are useful alternatives to stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate) for the t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Extreme anxiety involves the release of adrenaline, which can cause our muscles to twitch.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, talk to your MD: The risks of antidepressants in pregnancy are generally small (but include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and ssri withdrawal) and s... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Diet+exercise: A healthy diet and regular exercise alongside good stress management help maintain good energy levels as well as a sense of well being. If energy lev... Read More

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Sep 11, 2012
An excellent psychiatrist - compassionate, competent and good at explaining things.
Nov 3, 2012
Chris is a very bright, compassionate and competent psychiatrist.
Sep 17, 2013
Excellent answers for completeness and accuracy.
HealthTap member
Thank you! I hope docs can help her soon. She has tried to leave the hospital and now has hospital staff sitting with her 24hrs a day. She insists she's being discharged, but she has not been. Awating...Read More
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thanks! yes you did answer similar, the first time i asked it it didnt seem to have registered on my health tap so i think ive accidentally asked it like 3 times! thanks for your time anyway x
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Well I didn't quiet understand what it ment and I would like for it to be something I could just read next time but e for effort!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA,2005,2005
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

San Mateo County Psychiatry Training Program
Completed 2009

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, the San Mateo County Region - Spring
2017
Top Psychiatrist, First Place, the San Mateo County Region - Spring
2017
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
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