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Dr. Kalyn Diamond

Clinical Psychology
Topeka, KS
15 years experience female

Locations

Office

Topeka, KS

Address

VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, 2200 SW Gage Blvd., 118-HBPC, Topeka, KS
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About

Bio

Kalyn Diamond, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Kansas. She is the Home Based Primary Care and Palliative Care psychologist at VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. She specializes in geropsychology, health psychology/behavioral medicine, pain management, and end of life issues.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Clinical Psychology

Pain Management

Palliative Care

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

55 Answers
588 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Varies on factors: It depends on the stage of dementia (earlier stage = live longer), their age at the time of diagnosis (younger people will live longer than older peop... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Prompts if needed: Have them practice the proper use and demonstrate to you. Check later to see if they still can remember how to do it. If they can't, using prompts mig... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See your doctor: Make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss your concerns. There may be medical issues that can be evaluated and treated.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Incongruent: Affect is the expression of emotion or feelings displayed to others through facial expressions, hand gestures, voice tone, and other behaviors such as... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Discussing concerns with your doctor is always an excellent idea. Your doctor will be able to refer you to a trusted psychologist or psychiatrist if h... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
No "Cure": But, other diseases or illnesses that can cause cognitive impairment are sometimes treatable. These include hypothyroidism, depressive pseudodementia,... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Functional analysis: Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells. Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See your doctor: Schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor about your concerns. He/she will be able to evaluate and/or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatri... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Doctor: Schedule an appointment with your mom/dad's doctor and go with them to the appointment to discuss your concerns.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Talk to your doctor: While there are no medications specifically for “lost hope” or “despair”, antidepressants are very effective in addressing these symptoms. Psychothera... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Be more specific: Textbooks have been written on this topic, and the answer is much too long and broad to address here. I'd like to help, but please be more specific.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Reach out for help: It’s a long time for you having these feelings, but relief is possible for you. Talk to your doctor about these feelings, and talk to a psychotherapis... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Families who eat: Together at least 3-4 times/week benefit in many ways. Can increase trust, communication, build healthier & stronger relationships. Parents have the o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Same: Mental hygiene is an older term for mental health, but the terms can be used interchangeably. The mental hygiene movement took off in the early 1900's... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Mindfulness: Many people have busy and active minds that can be difficult to calm. Observing your mind in meditation can help. Over time and with consistent mindfu... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the bloodstream and causes arteries to narr... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Early vs later stage: Both relieve symptoms of the disease & focus on neurotransmitters key to memory and learning. Aricept focuses on acetycholine in an attempt to slow it... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Ask for help: Don’t quit alone. Educate yourself on the options. Your doctor can help, please ask. You can be successful. Your baby needs you. Good website for info... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
6 years = long time: Common causes of lightheadedness: dehydration, positional change, allergies, low blood sugar, using tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs, some medicatio... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Very slim: If you were on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years in the past, and had no problems with it then, it's very unlikely you'd have any problems with takin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Stop biting: Best way to heal your lip is to stop biting. :)
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: A child psychologist trained in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders can diagnose and treat pervasive developmental disorder.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See your doctor: Make an appointment with your doctor and/or a psychologist or psychiatrist and they will be able to evaluate.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
General learning: Can be affected when taken for prolonged periods. Can result in inability to form new memories and profound sedation. Immediate effects can include re... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
No studies done, but: To my knowledge, there have been no studies done on the effects of antidepressants & altitude. High altitudes can cause symptoms. Some of the 1st sig... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Your health info: Is scattered across many different providers and facilities. Keeping complete and easily accessible health records means you can play a more active ro... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Blood test: Wellbutrin (bupropion) will show up on special blood tests which look specifically for wellbutrin (bupropion). This testing will show the amount of we... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Heavy alcohol: Consumption has immediate & long-term negative effects on the brain. Heavy drinking accelerates brain shrinkage leading to cognitive decline. In contr... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Tx will vary: If recent, pumping the stomach or with certain medications. Also treating symptoms occurring as a result of the overdose (iv fluids, medications to co... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Emotional, dramatic: Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individua... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Varied Presentation: Aids/hiv dementia has a broad and varied spectrum of clinical manifestations and severity. It is characterized by cognitive, motor, and behavioral fea... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Normal for dementia: When your mom gets upset, her ability to think and reason declines. She's stuck in a body that is no longer functioning properly-add a muddled mind an... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Thorough Evaluation: Tests determine whether other medical problems could be causing dementia, such as anemia, brain tumor, chronic infection, drug and medication intoxica... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Weighing of Values: This is a complicated question best answered by open discussion with family and health care providers and thoughtful weighing of quality of life issue... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
SSRI: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-ssri) used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by restoring ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Talk to her doctor: Go with her to her next doctor visit. Her doctor will be able to evaluate or refer you to a good geropsychologist or geriatric psychiatrist or geriatr... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Some ideas: Apply petroleum jelly to your inner lip so that it reminds you not to bite it. Spot your triggers, make a plan to do something different. Deal with... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
No: but potential serious consequences can include bleeding, open sores, disfigured fingertips, nail brittleness, infections, dental problems, permanent n... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Great therapists: The best psychotherapists seem to be those who combine the qualities of flexible, reflective, and creative thinking along with genuine human relatedne... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Earliest Symptoms: Short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, language problems, word-finding difficulties,... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Early signs of: Dementia include short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, word-finding difficulties, d... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Is a sedative in the: Benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is not approved or sold legally in the us. Side effects include blackouts, with a complete loss of memory, dizziness... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Sundowning may occur with various types of dementia, such as alzheimer's, mostly in the moderate to severe stages. Agitation and confusion begins late... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Alz =1 type dementia: The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These sympt... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Histrionic: Personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals are easi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Statisticaltechnique: Regression analysis is used to learn more about the relationship between predictor variables and a criterion variable. We simply measure the naturally... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Doctor: Schedule an appointment with her doctor or go with her to her next doctor appointment. Discuss your concerns with her doctor and he/she will be able t... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Tired all the time: Hypersomnia is marked by an increased need for sleep and feeling unusually tired all the time. Symptoms may include being tired all the time, the need... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Can be a symptom: Hostility isn't a mental illness, but it certainly can be a symptom that is a part of a number of mental health disorders.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See your doctor: See your doctor and talk with him/her about your concerns. Your doctor can do a dementia work up to rule out treatable causes, and either diagnose or ... Read More

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Nov 10, 2012
Dr. Kalyn is a very good Psychologist , she is caring With excellent knowledge and would be a great Assest to any place she works at
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Diamond is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Diamond is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, I was searching for articles but none of them really helped me.
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That's exactly what I've been doing. Except by twos. I have 4 so far.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas
Graduated 2007MD

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