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Dr. Julia Frank

Psychiatry
Washington, DC
45 years experience

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Psychiatry

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Possible help: Ask your doctor about mood stabilizing medication and bright light to improve seasonal bipolar symptoms of any kind.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Menopause: At least in the years around menopause, some women do exerience increased sexual interest and responsiveness, probably due to a change in their estrog... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Excessive sleepiness: Look into bright light therapy, sleep hygiene.Both do not require prescription, but you may benefit from seeing a specialist to evaluate for sleep apn... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Timing of abortion: Theoretically at any time, but it is easiest to obtain and to do before 12 weeks gestation. After 24 weeks (the point of fetal viability) it may be re... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Abortion dysplasia: Abortion is not related to cervical dysplasia, but having multiple sexual partners or a partner with a sexually transmitted disease are. Any pregnancy... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Bipolar: Reading the book moodswing by ronald fieve may help you assess your concerns about being bipolar.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Pre natal depression: I suggest you check out the women's mental health program run by susan kornstein at vcu. They have a great deal of experience helping pregnant women w... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Deperesion/pregnancy: There are risks to having untreated depression during pregnancy. The possible risks of using medication are low, and may be less than the risks of not... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
PMS: Irritable bowel symptoms or migraine headaches may occur premenstrually. Severe mood changes pre menstrually are called "premenstrual dysphoric disord... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Improve dysthymia: You might look at seligman's book learned optimism, to identify ways of changing your thinking that would improve your baseline moods. A psychotherapi... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Ocd: Look at the book the boy who couldn't stop washing by judith rapport. It will explain the many forms of OCD in detail and reads like a novel. There is... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Night owls: This is the technical term to describe people who have trouble going to sleep at a socially acceptable time, sleep a normal amount but have trouble wa... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depression pregnancy: Some depression does get better in pregnancy but you can't count on it. Having depression at any time raises the risk of it being a problem after bir... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Nightmares: It depends a bit on the cause. An alpha-adrenergic blocking agent used for hypertension may help relieve nightmares, so do various drugs given for pos... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Restless ness: Look up restless legs syndrome, which is usually treated by a neurologist or sleep specialist and see if that describes your problem. Iron defiencienc... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Post partum : If you have not had depression before (at any time in your life) your risk does not increase with a second, third or later child. If you have had it b... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Never full: Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that antidepressants affect, is also one of the hormones of satiety. Antidepressants may help some people who never fe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Inappropriate mood: Sudden bouts of laughter may be a condition called pseudobulbar affect. A neurologist can tell you if that is the case and look for underlying causes.... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Barb withdrawal: Sudden barbiturate withdrawal can be dangerous, even fatal. You meed to see a physician and be tapered gradually, using some long acting similar drug ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Alcohol cold turkey: How dangerous alcohol withdrawal is depends on your general health, how much you drink, how long you have been drinking and whether you have had probl... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Anger and panic: Yes, I have seen panic attacks triggered by anger rather than fear. The phobia and anxiety workbook by bourne is an excellent resource for understandi... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Number of abortions: Sterilization must be a matter of individual choice. Forced sterilization based on political-"medical" considerations were common in the early 20th ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Ibs and anxiety: Ask your physician about taking an antidepressant--both ibs and anxiety are chronic, related, antidepressant responsive conditions, and sedatives like... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Side effects: Sounds like a side effect that is likely to subside with time.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Multiple abortions: You should be able to get pregnant again without difficulty if both abs were done properly--people can get pregnant after multiple deliveries, after a... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Brain damage: Depression and ocd do not cause permanent brain damage, but they do recur and the more episodes you have in the past, the more likely you are to have ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Panic: Check out the phobia and anxiety workbook by bourne for advice on how to deal with panic.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Lewy Body dementia: Lewy bodies are particular types of brain damage, and most often are concentrated in the frontal lobes. Dementia that starts in this brain area is oft... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Emotional eating: The ssri medications and overeaters anonymous help many people with this type of problem.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Mulitple abortions: Depends on how many, how they are done and how far along you have been at the time. There is no exact number or kind of abortions associated with long... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Tips for pregnancy: Social support helps mood in pregnancy. Getting into an exercise class --yoga or water exercise--with other pregnant women may help you make new conne... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Fibromyalgia: The key to recovery is better sleep and aerobic exercise. Even if you don't feel like exercising, gradually increasing amounts will be of great benefi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Binge eating: Cognitive behavior approaches may improve binge eating without medication. It is important to avoid purging of any kind and to know that hunger often... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Panic: Simple performance anxiety responds well to low dose propranolol, which can be given by a primary care doc. To learn about how to handle other anxiet... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sleep: Try setting a fixed rising time, no matter when you fall asleep. If that doesn't work, you can move your bedtime forward an hour or two each day, unti... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Lithium in pregnancy: Lithium can be used in pregnancy but only with close monitoring for the rare but serious complications it can cause.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depression: Look into martin seligman's book learned optimism to try to shift your negative outlook.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Exercise and anxiety: Exercise is a great treatment for anxiety--has to be aerobic, three or four times per week to have a measurable effect.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Pms: Premenstrual mood disorder and premenstrual physical symptoms are somewhat different. Not all birthcontrol is alike. The birth control Yaz (drospireno... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Hypersomnia drugs: Two drugs on the market, Nuvigil and Provigil have been tested for this condition.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Binge eating: Cogntiive behavioral therapy, eating a balanced, relatively monotonous diet (avoiding hunger) and sometimes ssri medication all may help with binge ea... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See questionnaire: The dissociative experiences scale is a validated questionnaire that helps people identify the symptoms of multiple personality or other dissociative ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sleep phase: I don't think this is reportable. However, after successful treatment the person must commit to staying well. This usually involves a fixed rising tim... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sneezing at night: Lying down increases blood flow to nasal membranes and can cause congestion. You may have allergens or bedbugs in your bedroom--mattress covers and h... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Still ok: Check out the guttmacher institute website. Up until viability (24 weeks) florida's only restriction is that the procedure be performed by a licensed ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Late abortion: Very late abortions are done only if the fetus is not viable. At eight months gestation, if it is necessary to save the life of a mother, a medical d... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Falling asleep: Falling asleep can be a sign of many things. Narcolepsy is diagnosed by having a sleep specialist (usually a neurologist) do a thorough interview and ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
ADD: Stimulants are the gold standard for add treatment. Some of the non stimulants may work as well for some people, but none are better.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julia Frank
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Needle phobia: Controlled exposure is generally effective for phobias. People learn to breath and relax and then gradually expose themselves to what they fear, not i... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Frank is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Frank is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I hope I can remember that address
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A lovely response to a terribly ugly question!

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Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1977MD
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