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Dr. Seth Kunen

Clinical Psychology
Baton Rouge, LA
46 years experience male

Locations

Office

Baton Rouge, LA

Address

4919 Jamestown Ave, Baton Rouge, LA
Directions

Fax

(225) 412-3830

About

Bio

Dr. Kunen is a clinical (PsyD) & developmental psychologist (PhD). Dr. Kunen completed a one year internship in substance abuse and severe mental illness at a substance abuse clinic in Missouri, and a he completed a two-year post-doc fellowship in Health Psychology at the U. of Miss. School of Medicine. Dr. Kunen is also licensed as a Medical Psychologist in Louisiana. He is board certified in clinical psychology. Dr. Kunen has extensive experience conducting therapy and psychological evaluations. He has also served as professor of psychology at the University of New Orleans (21 years), and was director of research in the LSU School of Medicine Emergency Residency Program in Baton Rouge and at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

250 Answers
457 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Sure: Bipolar & depression are often seen across generations, suggesting a genetic basis. But, families also behaviorally "inherit" coping skills & levels ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Sure: The addiction to marijuana (mj) may be largely psychological, but it can be very impairing. Mj dependence in adolescence is associated with diminished... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Yes: But, keep in mind that the half life of valium is about 10 hours, which means if you take it an hour before going to the dentist you likely will still... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Probably, but: There is some concern that individuals who take xanax (alprazolam) regularly w/ wellbutrin & abruptly stop the xanax (alprazolam) may increase seizure... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Disturbance in...: Early attachments, often because of abuse or neglect, that interfere with a child's ability to bond to or respond appropriately to others. Considered... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Very complex: Heroin (diacetylmorphine) is converted to morphine in the brain & attaches to mu opioid receptors. In the medulla it depresses breathing. In ventral ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Several symptoms: Internalizing symptoms such as sadness, anhedonia (lack of fun), shyness & physical complaints, & externalizing symptoms such as anger can be seen in ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Some possibilities:: 1. Mdma increases oxytocin levels, which may help you feel better. 2. Mdma increases prefrontal activity and inhibits the amygdala, which may improve ... Read More
A 90-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Question: I am not clear what your question is since you have not mentioned dementia symptoms such as memory loss or difficulty communicating, learning, plannin... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
More: More people die from anorexia than any other psychiatric disorder! Four times the risk of depression!
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Some suggestions : 1. Attend all classes. 2. Read material before class. 3. You recall info best when your emotional state at test matches your state when studying. Thu... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Get evaluated: Since there are several medical conditions that can cause changes in taste and smell, it would be a good idea to consult with your primary care doctor... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Not tracking . . .: Inattention causes difficulty tracking conversational topics and social cues. If you are not following the conversation, it would be difficult to par... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Varies: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (combo of 2 kinds amphetamines) works by increasing norepinephrine & dopamine. The 1/2 life is 1... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Depends on extent: Of damage & level of functioning prior to the stroke. In any case, there are many things you can do to improve memory. Learn some mnemonic strategie... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Need more info: Are you speaking of yourself? Is this a change? How recent? When you say heightened, do mean more sensuous, more sexually responsive, more easily a... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Probably: But, it would be a good idea to be careful about driving, working with dangerous equipment, knives, etc.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Need more info: Are u missing classes or failing? If u are having difficulties u can go to the student disability office and request accommodations- tho u may need t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Serious disorder: The narcissist is hypothesized to have had parents that over valued them. Narcissists often over value themselves while devaluing others. They have... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Not clear: Lyrica (pregabalin) is approved to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures & fibromyalgia. It can take 2 ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Many: Lithium, depakote, olanzapine, which helps with severe or psychotic depression, aripiprazole, risperidone, ziprasidone, Clozapine (should be used inf... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Or sertraline is an ssri antidepressant. Typically patients are started on 50 mg and increased by 25 mg up to 200 mg. Get help if you have allergic ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Several: Levodopa, which is used to treat parkinson's, encourages the brain to make dopamine. Tyrosine, an Amino Acid made from phenylalanine, is converted in... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Hmmmmmm: In terms of evolution, there is little need for orgasm during dreaming, since this never (or rarely) leads to procreation. Thus, this cannot be an in... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Help you: Find better solutions to your problems while also making every effort to protect you. Please talk to a "shrink" as soon as possible and if the urges ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
First , see MD: Once medical problems are ruled out, make a list of the stresses, conflicts & problems in your life that could be contributing to your anxiety. High ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Need a good eval: Fatigue can be psychologically or biologically based, or both. Start with a good physical from primary care doc. Are you under a lot of stress? Do y... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Sure . . .: Serious sleep deprivation can contribute to many problems, including reduced ability to concentrate, traffic accidents, weight gain, increased blood p... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Complicated topic: I recommend starting with this information booklet from nimh: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/schizophrenia-easy-to-read/schizophrenia-ea... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
This is common: The problem is that anxiety begets anxiety, and the more anxious we become, the less able we are to think, which makes us more anxious. I think it's t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
More info needed: Is this a change in her? Is there a large age gap? If so, a med might help you. Are you on meds that reduce libido? Do you have a medical problem tha... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Targets specific: Behaviors using well established learning principles such as positive & negative reinforcement, shaping, exposure, extinction and infrequently, punish... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Several choices: Lithium, depakote, Lamictal & tegretol are used. Lithium requires frequent lab tests & Lamictal needs to be watched for a potentially serious rash. A... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Well....: How obsessed & in what way? Does it interfere with your life? Your use of the word "impure" suggests that you may be lacking in experience/knowledge a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Depends . . .: Depends on how old you are, your physical & mental health, stress levels, how busy you are, what medications you take, whether you drink, and what yo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
See below: Abrupt discontinuation can cause irritable mood, agitation, dizziness, paresthesias such as electric shock sensations, anxiety, confusion, headache, l... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Slow over 6-8 weeks: Slow tapering of oral formulation over 6–8 weeks, especially when simultaneously beginning a new replacement antipsychotic. Rapid oral discontinuation... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Try the following: http://www.ncoa.org/ and https://www.Thefamilycaregiver.Org/caregiving_resources/agencies_and_organizations.Cfm. This may get you started in the righ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Complex question!: This is a complex issue and needs to be addressed first by an md. If medical problems are ruled out, then other issues can be addressed in therapy, wh... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Yes: Abuse of steroids, cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamines, opioids, and cigarette smoking (see elshal; clin biochem:2009) have been reported to negatively... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Hmmm: Shyness has been found by kagan to have a strong genetic component, but learning is also important. Your daughter does need to learn to tolerate bein... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Prazosin : Prazosin (an Alpha blocker), image rehearsal therapy, systematic desensitization, and progressive deep muscle relaxation training are suggested for t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Many possibilities: Your question suggests some suspicion or concern about his motives. Do you have curiosity about why he is calling? Any interest? Any worry? Does h... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Yes, but . . . : There is moderate success in the short-run, but not much success in the long-run, even when combined with smoking cessation counseling (see a recent 2... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Not sure of question: Bupropion is used to treat depression & nicotine dependence. Works by increasing norepinephrine & dopamine. Because it is activating it is useful fo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Not common: Luvox is an ssri antidepressant that is used to treat obsessive-compulsive dx, social anxiety dx, and depression. Jazz pharmaceuticals indicates that ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
I am concerned: About your statement that you have "mostly" stopped self-harming. This self-injurious behavior should be addressed prior to becoming pregnant, since ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Need more info: Your presentation suggests that other things are going on in addition to the adhd, which i hope was carefully diagnosed. Nausea and sleepiness are no... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
It can be: The effectiveness of group therapy (gt) depends on the skills of the therapist, the type of group being led, and the abilities of the group members to... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Depends: Anhedonia means having trouble enjoying life. It may or may not be part of depression. Sometimes anhedonia can easily be treated with therapy. Howe... Read More

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May 11, 2013
I recommend Dr. Kunen. His responses on Health Tap are compassionate, right on target and understandable. He is providing an excellent service to the public on Health Tap.
Jul 22, 2013
Dr. Kunen replies to HealthTap questions in wonderfully kind, insightful, and informative ways. I am happy to recommend him.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kunen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! My 22 month old daughter had bad colick as a new born and she has a bad temper dos not do as she is asked and her sleep at nite is bad.
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She is just not ready to listen ANYTHING.She thinks she is right.ALWAYS! She thinks she can never go wrong. I can't trust/talk to anything.
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i am 18 year student and the only possibilities is i share a bed of foam 32d i dont get headache when i sleep for 8.5-9 hrs so what is it ??

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Wisconsin-Madison (George Wash. U 2000)
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

Alliant U (Psychopharmacology MSCP)
Graduated 2010MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Baton Rouge, LA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Baton Rouge, LA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Louisiana - Winter
2013
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