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Dr. Donald Haupt

Psychiatry
Bryn Mawr, PA
49 years experience male

Locations

Office

Bryn Mawr, PA

Address

14 Elliot Avenue, Suite 4, Bryn Mawr, PA
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My office hours

Thursday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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About

Bio

I am a general, adult psychiatrist in private outpatient practice for the last 20 years. Before that, I was Director of psychiatric inpatient units at Hahnemann and Bryn Mawr hospitals in the Philadelphia area. I use both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in my practice, and treat anxiety, affective (depression and bipolar) and psychotic disorders, with a strong interest in Adult ADHD. I am co-author of a popular book on that subject, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adult ADHD" published by Alpha/Penguin in May 2010. I am married with two children, ages 32 and 37, collect old fountain pens and play the guitar.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

ADHD & Autism

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
366 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Violence, assault: An event outside human experience that involves usually, violence, assault or natural disaster. Examples are being physically or sexually assaulted, s... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Maybe, maybe not: (sorry for the title, i couldn't resist) its certainly normal to weigh both sides of an issue, in fact highly functional. But if this leads to const... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Maybe: The neurotransmitter (nt) most involved in adhd is dopamine. Prozac boosts the effects of serotonin, another nt. Those two nts are kind of on a 'seesa... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Matter of experience: That would depend on each doctor's experience in addiction/withdrawal issues. Either one could handle a schedule for withdrawal if they have experienc... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
May not need them: Very often the adhd may be a major cause of the anxiety. People with adhd often have an opposite response to low dose stimulants (think of the hyperac... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Structure: Though stimulant medications are the best treatment for adhd, there are times when they don't work, or should be avoided, like pregnancy. In those cas... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Antidotes: There are several things out there that help as antidotes to the sexual dysfunction caused by serotonin reuptake inhibitors like prozac (fluoxetine). ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Get help: Get all the help you can. There are 'rehab after work" type programs in most cities, even more places have narcotics anonymous meetings, go to them. L... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Benzodiazepine: Clorazepate (brand name tranxene) is a benzodiazepine (minor tranqilizer). Its active metabolite is desmethyldiazepam, which has a long half life in t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Psychiatrist: Assuming you have no other physical or neurological symptoms, a psychiatrist or psychologist most often is better trained to treat depersonalization. ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
AA, CMHC: Get checked physically by a family doctor, and ask for an outpatient alcohol program, and help with withdrawal, which needs to be managed medically. A... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Up all night PLUS: Here are some of the symptoms of a manic episode. Rapid speech, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep (as the person sees it), grandiose thoughts ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
No problem with most: Most over the counter laxatives are fine with prozac, (fluoxetine) which may have a mild laxative effect of its own!
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
3 weeks: It usually takes 3 weeks for fluoxetine to start having an effect, and often the dose needs to be raised beyond 10 mg for best effect (20-80-mg per da... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
2 days or more: Phentermine has a half life of 20 hours, so it is basically not having much effect after a day or two. Its completely gone in 5 days. Phentermine is a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: The main one is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in which d-amphetamine or a combination of d- and l-amphetamines are the drugs of choice in ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Don't have to: Depression can be successfully treated with psychotherapy and/or meds. See a good therapist as soon as possible, because depression tends to get worse... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes!: Provided that you mean adhd first diagnosed in adulthood. The diagnosis depends in part on evidence of adhd by age 7. Problem is, it is (or at least 2... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
None: No vaccine is linked to autism. The one article that advanced this idea was published in a british medical journal, the lancet, a few years ago. Last ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Usually: Bipolar disorder is often inherited, though the rates from parent to child are around 10%. If one of your parents has bipolar disorder, its a good ide... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
No doubt about it!: What we now call adhd was first described in 1912. There are MRI and pet scan studies which show the differences in adhd brains and a wealth of clinic... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Simple definition: Gravida refers to how many pregnancies a woman has had, para refers to how many children she has given birth to.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Fairly mild: The side effects of bupropion are fairly mild. Most common are a bit of dry mouth, blurry vision or constipation. You may get a little anxious early o... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
More sustained: Bipolar disorder consists of swings in mood that last at least two weeks for depression or 1 week for mania, or 1 week for mixed mania and depression.... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
It Is a symptom: Hypersomnia (sleeping too much) is itself a symptom of many illnesses ranging from depression to under active thyroid, anemia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Antidepressant: Tofranil is the brand name of imipramine, which was one of the earlier antidepressants. It is an effective medication, and still used at times. Its si... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Find expert help: The binging and purging of bulimia is a serious medical problem and can lead to seizures and heart attacks. But it takes a specialized eating disorder... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Find expert help: The binging and purging of bulimia is a serious medical problem and can lead to seizures and heart attacks. But it takes a specialized eating disorder... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
No definite answer: Contagious yawning has been known since at least the 16th century, but there has yet to be an explanation that stood up under testing. The best was th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate)), which are the best meds for adhd,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) effective: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is very effective in treating both the hyperactive and inattentive symptoms of adhd. It usually h... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Although some people report that depressive symptoms can be helped by tramodol, others report it can make them depressed. So it is a lot like the opia... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Attacks 20-30": Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear, difficulty breathing, and feelings of suffocation. They last no more than 20-30 minutes, and may wake one ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Not good: First off, alcohol is a depressant so it makes it harder for the meds to work. Second Prozac (fluoxetine) can raise your blood alcohol levels as much... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Taper, doc advice: Best to work with your doctor to know when its time to go off the med and what to expect. Taper slowly, lower dose about 25% a week but individualize ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Stay: Stay on your meds! most folks with bipolar stop meds on their own a couple of times before they learn this.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Doesn't seem so: Garcnia cambogia is an ingredient in some herbal weight loss, appetite suppressant, and energy products. An analysis of data found a possible short-t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Severity, timing: Postpartum depression usually occurs within a year of delivery and is potentially more severe and dangerous than major depression. Although there are ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Just one type: "selective" in this case refers to the fact that the previous generation of antidepressants, the tricyclics, worked on all 3 of the neurotransmitters ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
No: There are no current blood tests that have been validated for anxiety and depression. Blood levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin are of no help,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes, but uncommon: You can get serotonin syndrome. With flushing, fever, rapid heart rate, blood pressure elevation, etc from ssris, but it is very uncommon with these d... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: There are no known drug interactions between the two drugs, and they are safe taken together in normal prescribed doses in the average person. Mild ca... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Unstable Pattern: Borderline personality disorder (bpd) is a bit hard to explain, but it can be thought of this way. It's a lifelong pattern of instability in personal... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
See primary: Your primary doctor is a good place to start. Neuropsychological testing is expensive and not needed in the diagnosis of Adult ADHD which is made by h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Fairly mild: The side effects of zyban (bupropion) are fairly mild. Most common are a bit of dry mouth, blurry vision or constipation. You may get a little anxious... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling, is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. The best treatment for OCD is a combination of serotonin boo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Most common ones: The most common ones (not possible to include all in 400 characters) are restlessness, mild headache, and mild stomach upset or loosening of stools. E... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Copegus (ribavirin) is usually given with Pegasys (peg interferon) to treat tough illness, and they are tough meds with tough side effects, but they o... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Clinical Exam: Adhd (and add) are diagnosed by clinical examination and history. Neuropsychological testing is done primarily in children, not to diagnose adhd (or a... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Haupt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Haupt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank you. I have bipolar disorder and I have done this twice now. It gets overwhelming with all the different medications.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was concerned about posdible liver problems. I think I will pass on the product. thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I was diagnosed with ADHD(In) last year at age 50. Sad but very true!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1972MD

Residency

State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Awards

Main Line Today Magazine Top Doctor 2013
Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association Fellow
American Medical Association (AMA)
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
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