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Dr. John Benson

Psychiatry
Rancho Cucamonga , CA
42 years experience male

Locations

Office

Rancho Cucamonga , CA

Address

8580 Utica Avenue, Suite #200, Rancho Cucamonga , CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

BCBS Blue Card PPO

About

Bio

Dr. Benson is a Board Certified psychiatrist. The "long version" of this certification is that he is a Dipomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1991), with Certification in the Sub-specialty of Forensic Psychiatry. (1999). He currently works for the CA Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation seeing outpatients at Parole Clinics in the community. Dr Benson also maintains a private practice, part time, at Health Group Psychological Services, Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 909-944-1717 for appointments. Work with many forms of insurance; call and ask. Forensic psychiatry experience included ten full years at the USA's largest Forensic facility -- Southern California's Patton State Hospital. Dr. Benson chaired the "Pharmacy and Therapeutics" Committee at Patton for nearly 5 years, overseeing a large amount of quality of care data and practices. He has experience with prison and correctional psychiatry from one year at the California's Maximum Security Pelican Bay State Prison, and earlier, while on medical school faculty at Medical College of Georgia Dept of Psychiatry, provided psychiatric consultation and treatment at Reidsville State Prison, Georgia. [That's where the original movie, "The Longest Yard" was filmed.] Dr. Benson has enjoyed 3 affiliations with medical schools, and over the years has taught numerous medical students, Resident physicians in Psychiatry and Family Practice, as well as supervising Fellows in Forensic Psyhiatry. He enjoys public speaking, and gives numerous lectures to professional and community groups on a variety of topics in Behavioral Medicine Psychiatry.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
"Germaphobes" + OCD: Mysophobia, or fear of germs is one among ocd's cluster of symptoms, of course, not the only one. Frequent washing, and fear of contamination accompa... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Muscle cramps +booze: The answer summary required i find a shorter word than "alcohol" to fit with "muscle cramps." lol. Alcohol has a mixed effect on muscle cramps. Inge... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Schizophrn.+violence: Contrary to popular myth, most schizophrenics rarely get it together for assault or capital crime. So majority of time, sc folks keep to themselves, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
OCD v. idiosyncrasy?: Ocd sufferers experience their symptoms as odd or shameful, and tend to hide them and their suffering. This can be quite different from character qui... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia(fm) versus arthalgia (muscle pain). Fm symtpom cluster is more specific: pain, allodynia [pressure sensitive], joint stiffness, fatigue i... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Catatonia refuse med: Catatonia can go with schizophrenia or bipolar states. They occur as overexcited, confused acting indiv, or the seeming opposite, frozen like a statu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Inflammation+brain: Recent advances in understanding the inflammatory response and state in human brain and body functioning, has suggested fairly strong links between in... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, in several ways: Alcoholics, especially late stage ones, can look emaciated with muscle wasting but alcohol causes overwt and metabolic/nutirional problems commonly. 1... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Because of abuses: One of the public forces that drove govt to "ban" Anabolic steroids was high-profile athletes, some of who 'professed' never to have used them, were p... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Altermative Baclofen: Other meds which affect GABA in the brain and spinal cord can help with muscle tension and spasm, such as gabapentin, which also pays a variable divid... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Depression symptoms: 2 weeks or longer of mostly sad, low or depressed mood, decr or incr appetite, sleep disturbance, loss of interest + pleasure in usual things, crying ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
BelladonnaDepression: Belladona is a plant alkaloid, from italian 'beautiful woman" as it causes the pupils to dilate enhancing the eye appearance. It easily achieves toxic... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Schizophrenia+speech: Sc diagnosis requires "gross disorganization of speech or behavior, " so it is common to see abnormal speech content [due to the thinking disorder]... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
How to check for OCD: A person can use a number of standardized scales and diagnostic screeners to cone down on if you have OCD or not. If you go on line and google OCD sc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
BP and "anxiety": Your body is made to respond to challenges with BP increases and adjustments. Learn to do mindfulness meditation; google this or find any short book o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Tobacco vs antidepr: Tobacco wins the "worse" title, hands down. While nicotine has some + effects on mental energy, appetite and brain aging, the smoke it comes with is ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Bipolar parent?: The first thing, is get her accurately diagnosed. People "think" friend or family is "bipolar" for lots of reasons. Most fp's can now diagnose this ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Mixed Bipolar state: Bipolar mood disorder-bmd- has two extreme mood poles: depressed low sad and so forth versus "manic" - too high, excess activity, energy, sexual activ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Steroids: concern?: Corticosteriods are a natural constant part of the body's own hormone, stress and recovery management. When used in some medical scenarios, - asthma,... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Belladonna+ arnica: Belladonna "b"and arnica each has topical pain relieving effects on the skin, for conditions deeper down like muscle spasm, pain or other tissue pains... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Excrcise+sleep: Exercise has a two fold impact on sleep. Getting enough, in the earlier parts of the day can help you have healthy tiredness and be ready for rest and... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Bipolar myth+reality: Quite a few people (or their girl or boy freinds) 'think' they have bipolar mood disorder bmd and say this 'i'm in a good mood one minute and the next... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Belladonna+ arnica: Belladonna "b"and arnica each has topical pain relieving effects on the skin, for conditions deeper down like muscle spasm, pain or other tissue pains... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Where OCD gets help: I am a board certified psychiatrist, and would recommend that you seek a licensed clinical psychologist, who is a verifiable expert in cognitive-behav... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
How long: disability: How long to receive disability on the basis of a mental disorder varies from state to state. In my california, the social sec. Or "ssi" office is ser... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
VA state psych laws: States have some provision various types of involuntary civil commitment. A short term one: like the ca "5150 hold" to a mh facility ; it requires da... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Zyprexa (olanzapine) side effects: Like other antipsychotic meds, zypr can cause weight gain, elevated triglycerides, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar. Some liver strain could show ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Benson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! can I be removed from zyprexa and replace it with a less side effect m
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1980MD

Affiliations

San antonio community hospital
Ucsd medical center hillcrest
Canyon Ridge Hospital
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