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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton

Psychiatry
Roseville, CA
33 years experience male

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Roseville, CA

Address

729 Sunrise Ave, Suite 611, Roseville, CA
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Bio

I received my PhD in Neuropharmacology from The Chicago Medical School in 1986 and my MD in 1989. I completed my Residency in Psychiatry at UCLA and my Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at The University of Colorado. I have been in Private Practice in Northern California since 1994 specializing in the medication management of Psychiatric Disorders. I am a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.

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Psychiatry

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114 Answers
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Talk with your MD: There are medications that treat mood disorder that minimize side effects. Discuss your particular side effects with your doctor to see if you can be ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Cleft lip and palate: I usually don't recommend Paxil (paroxetine) in women due to the risk of this birth defect.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
See your doctor: Mood changes in bipolar disorder tend to occur without cause or are a exaggerated response to an event. The individual tends to expresses frustration ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Education: The key is to find a physician or therapist in your area who has expertise in dealing with individuals with autism. A lot of positive things can be do... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
No: Add is a disorder that begins in childhood, but may not be recognized into adulthood. Careful investigation will often reveal childhood symptoms that ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes, with caution: Pramipexole has shown benefit in research trials in treating depression symptoms in bipolar disorder. However, it can also "flip" depressed patients t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Your PCP: I would talk with your family doctor. They usually know who the best physicians in the area are and they can then make a referral. I usually don't tru... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Anxiety is typically only a symptom and is not the problem itself. You should seek out a child psychiatrist to determine the cause of the anxiety and ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
No: There are a few medications tat are effective, st. Johns wart is not one of them.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Degree of mania: Bipolar i is characterized by manic symptoms that can include increased energy and a decreased need for sleep, racing thought, rapid speech, marked im... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Very Rare: Schizophrenia does occur in childhood, but it is very rare. Please consult with a child psychiatrist.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Doesn't matter: There is no scientific evidence that indian basil tea is a treatment for depression. Depression is a serious medical disorder that should only be trea... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Depends: I don't believe that the sadness ever goes away completely, but life can still be enjoyed. It is extremely important to consult with your physician to... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Side effects: Both classes of medications are effective in the treatment of depression. However, the tricyclic antidepressants typically have more side effects and ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Varies: Many of the tricyclic antidepressants have established blood levels that are associated with the best outcome. Rather than rely on a specific oral dos... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Bad idea: Add medications should be used to treat add. However, there are children who misbehave due to impulsivity (reacting prior to thinking). Impulsivity ca... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Clinical interview: The best way to diagnosed add is still a clinical interview with a physician experienced in diagnosing add. Questionaires aren't specific enough to ma... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Talk with MD: Celexa (citalopram) should be tapered off rather than abruptly stopped. It is also important to wait a period of time once you are off the Celexa (cit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Possibly: Cylert has been associated with liver toxicity. There are many other medications that are better choices.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
See your doctor: These symptoms can be part of an anxiety disorder and can be resolved with the proper treatment.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Treatment: The best solution is a combination of medication and therapy. Depression is a medical problems that that requires medication to resolve the symptoms o... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Unclear: Pmdd is thought to be related to the drop in estrogen that occurs at the end of the menstrual cycle. These estrogen levels tend not to drop as much du... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Get her to an MD: Your friend requires treatment right away. Depression does not go away. It often gets worse without treatment, which could increase the intensity of s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Not really: There is some thought that seasonal affective disorder is a variant of bipolar disorder. Light therapy can be effective food those who experience depr... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Mood lability: Early symptoms can be centered on mood lability. The individual has marked aggressive episodes that tend to come out of no where. They are easily set ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Usually not: Lithobid (lithium carbonate) can cause weight gain by decreasing metabolic rate, but appetite increase is an unusual side effect.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Medications have recently been fda approved to treat aggression in autism. You should consult a child psychiatrist or pediatrician who is familiar wit... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
See MD: Prolonged qt is a rare, but very serious medical disorder. Symptoms can be dizziness, lightheadedness and passing out. Anxiety symptoms can be similar... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Unclear: I would be far more concerned about the risk of heart damage, brain damage and addiction that takes control of a persons life than i would a perforate... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Treatment: Loss of interest in life is seen in depression. Depression is a serious medical problem that requires treatment. Treatment should include both therapy... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Not healthy: Ruminating can be a symptom of an anxiety disorder. I would encourage you to consult with your physician concerning this issue.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Possible theory: Estrogen levels are high in pregnancy and estrogen appears to inhibit a chemical called monoamine oxidase. Monoamine oxidase normally breaks down sero... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
It can: Some patients experience an appetite increase with it. Weight gains depends upon what you eat if you experience an increase in appetite.
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: There are several antidepressants that are typically non sedating like zoloft, lexapro, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and cymbalta. All medications have po... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Not really: Prescriptions for Nefazodone decreased several years ago due to concerns over liver toxicity. It is an effective antidepressant with a very low degree... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
I wouldn't: Cylert has been associated with liver toxicity and i don't prescribe it. A better combination could be Adderall and strattera (atomoxetine). You shoul... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Some people experience an increase in anxiety with starting effexor (venlafaxine). Other solutions could be starting with a smaller dose, taking Effex... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Stimulants can increase blood pressure and accelerate heart rate. Overdoses may then have significant cardiac or neurological consequences. It must be... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Difficult: Irritability is an indicator of bpd. Depression, irritability, grandiosity, aggression, dyssomnia, euphoria, excessive anger, cycling, are typical bpd... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Get it back: There are many causes of this loss including depression. I would consider an appointment with a good therapist in your area. Life is short and we shou... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Clinical interview: The diagnoses are made after consulting with your doctor. The mood symptoms in premenstrual disorders occur near the end of each monthly cycle. At oth... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Usually not: We don't have a good exp[aination for why, but hormone products usually don't help. I would discuss your symptoms with your family doctor fir the best... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Classical symptoms of mania or depression typically begin from the mid teens to early 20's.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Medications: Ssri antidepressants like zoloft (sertraline) and Prozac are fda approved to treat premenstrual symptoms. Often women only take these medications duri... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Any of the stimulants can cause insomnia. In my experience, insomnia is less likely with Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) compared to the other stimulants... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Increased inhibition: Hyperactivity in add occurs because inhibitory brain systems are "under active." Ritalin (methylphenidate) appears to work by increasing this inhibito... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
It depends: Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure. However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those wi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Possibly: Over thinking can be a symptom of an anxiety disorder which can then lead to depression.

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Jan 7, 2013
Highly recommend to anyone with children that have adhd, or other behavioral issues that may need to be addressed that are still undiagnosed. Has been a godsend for my family, I have a daughter with ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Clopton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Clopton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your response and for your concern. Maybe ruminating was a bad choice of words. I basically work to overcome my fear of death and set it in its proper place; this is made difficult by socia...Read More
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Had trouble with Cymbalta. I also take 50-100mg of Ultram. Not sure how Prozac/Ultram work together, but I know at higher doses I could risk Serotonin Syndrome. Had episode after 10 days Cymbalta - co...Read More
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I've been considering medical mj for my depression and possible PTSD from an abusive childhood ... =0/

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Chicago Medical School
Graduated 1989MD

Awards

Top Psychiatrist, First Place, the Sacramento Region - Spring
2017
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