Dr. Donald Haupt

Psychiatry
Bryn Mawr, PA
51 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.

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Psychiatry

ADHD & Autism

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291 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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!
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate)), which are the best meds for adhd,... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Not 1st choice: ...or even second,etc. If you mean Biperiden, it's used in Parkinson's. and not in ADHD to my knowledge. The standard for ADHD medication is the stimu... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Talk with your doc: There are many reasons possible. Your chronic pain conditions and the oxycodone may be depressing in themselves. Your medication might not be at a suf... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Depends on why: Is it because you are afraid of going out? Then it might be agoraphobia or social phobia. Is it because you lack motivation to go out? Then it might b... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
With help: 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Yes, but...: While that would increase the chances of the child eventually developing depression, if both parents get good and thorough treatment before the child ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Chemical structure: The main difference is simply in chemical structure. The actions are similar. The effects of amphetamines last, in adults, on average 4 hours and thos... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
No problem: Lexapro (escitalopram) and citalopram are essentially the same thing. Most medications are made up of molecules that are mirror images (isomers). Ha... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Easy change: Because Prozac (fluoxetine) has a 5 day half life, it should taper itself off while the Celexa is getting up to speed. It isn't likely you'll have any... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Usually OK: Although sometimes generics are not as effective as brand name drugs, with stimulants, especially immediate acting ones, there is usually good equival... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Easily with doc help: Fluoxetine has a 5 day half life in the body, which makes withdrawal problems rare, and tapering not necessary. But do do this with the advice and con... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Sometime: Bipolar disorder may be associated with higher levels of energy and creativity. But its only effective if the mood is stabilized properly. Otherwise t... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Blood tests: Although they have some things in common. The first step is a physical exam and some simple blood tests for thyroid status. So go to your doctor and l... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
High risk: Although there are reports of tramadol alleviating depression, there is a high risk of convulsions and addiction with this pain medication. There are ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Old term: Mbd is the old (pre 1980) term for adhd. Someone with adhd on the chadd website once joked, "mbd? Does that mean I have a minimal brain or a minimal d... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
No: Benadry is an antihistamine. It's used in allergies, itching, runny noses, and sometimes for bedtime sedation. But not for panic disorders. The best m... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Shorter acting: In the average adult, aderall lasts 4 hours ad ritaln only 2 1/2 hours. This causes more rebound, more inconvenience, etc. I usually try Adderall firs... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Binging and purging: Bulimia involves both binging on food, alternating with purging, usually by vomiting, sometimes with laxative abuse. The best way to know is, of cours... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Till it wears off: Since, from what i understand, scuba diving requires you to be aware of your conditions and be careful of things like remaining oxygen, etc, it would ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Quite possible: Marijuana tends to accumulate in fatty tissues so may show up for a few weeks or longer in a drug screen, depending on the amount and duration of smok... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Takes 3 weeks : Fluoxetine has to build up in your bloodstream and takes about 3 weeks to start working. So its not the kind of thing you take for immediate relief of... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Work with doc: If you are pregnant with a history of bipolar, it is vital that you and partner meet right away with your doctor. If closely monitored, it may be poss... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 51 years experience
DBSAlliance.org: Also see if there are any local groups through the depression and bipolar support alliance (dbsalliance.Org) in your area. They are the leading nation... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Haupt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 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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