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Dr. Pamela Pappas

Psychiatry
Scottsdale, AZ
43 years experience female

Locations

Pamela A. Pappas MD, MD(H)

Scottsdale, AZ

Address

Optimal You, 8114 E. Cactus Rd., Suite #240, Scottsdale, AZ
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(602) 626-3695

About

Bio

Emphasizing mindfulness, self-awareness, and compassion, I'm a board-certified psychiatrist and executive coach in Scottsdale, AZ. My private medical practice provides natural healing options for adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. In addition to many years as an academic psychiatrist, I've also formally studied and practiced Classical Homeopathy since 1999. A graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil's Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, I'm board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. As a certified Executive Coach, I help physicians prevent burnout on individual, team, organizational, and national levels. Burnout can be a transformation point where physicians reconfigure their lives in healthy, wholehearted ways -- leading to better health for all.

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Psychiatry

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Alcoholism: Alcoholism has been described as a "mental obsession that causes a physical compulsion to drink." people keep drinking despite clear harm to themselv... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Klonopin (clonazepam): Getting off of Klonopin (clonazepam) usually requires tapering, especially if you've been on it "for awhile now." Please share your concerns with your... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Cancer ; depression: Sometimes women dealing with breast cancer do benefit from antidepressants, when depressed. Family and community support is also important. Your oncol... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: In bipolar disorder, moods are unstable -- and the degree can depend on many things including poor sleep, drug abuse, and severity of illness. Yes, y... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Risks: It sounds like you may be over-sedated with your medications, and you may need an adjustment in dose. If you're keeping your food plan contained and ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Klonopin (clonazepam): What kind of breathing problems are you having? Klonopin (clonazepam) is sedating, but it doesn't usually depress respiration at the dose you're taki... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Call your surgeon: Please call your surgeon asap about this. There could be infection that needs attending to.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See dermatologist: We cannot diagnose without seeing the moles you're talking about. It's best for you to see a dermatologist in your own community so s/he can examine ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: No, it is not okay to drink while on seroquel (quetiapine) -- especially if you're dealing with anxiety and paranoia as you've written in your clinica... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Allergy: You could be having an allergic response to this gel product. Please stop using it! you might not be able to remove what you've already put on, but ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes: Psychologists and psychiatrists are well-trained to help people with emotional problems. Please consider consulting one of these professionals.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Anxiety and health: Yes, some studies show that anxiety (and depression) can be associated with earlier death. http://tinyurl.com/ceob7uf this study showed that compare... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
R you in treatment?: Borderline personality disorder (bpd) can certainly get worse if you are not in treatment. Ongoing psychotherapy is needed, and dialectical behavior... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See doctor: You need to see a doctor for a urinalysis and culture, because there are many organisms which can cause uti's. Some are not really bladder infections... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Use water: Taking your Celexa (citalopram) is best done with water rather than an acidic substance like apple cider vinegar. There are no overt problems with th... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
QPT?: Medical and other acronyms can be very puzzling sometimes, because they may not be universally known or agreed upon. "qpt" can stand for qualitative... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Temazepam: The main side effects of temazepam are drowsiness and sleepiness, as its usual purpose is for the temporary treatment of insomnia. In some cases it c... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Placebo response: Every medication and/or supplement invokes a placebo or nocebo response -- meaning the patient has expectations about positive or negative effects. T... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Antidepressants: Both trazodone and Remeron (mirtazapine) are antidepressants, and aren't prescribed to work on triglycerides. Remeron (mirtazapine) especially may inc... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Constipation: Constipation is a common problem after childbirth. The american academy of pediatrics states that senna is one of the GI agents compatible with breas... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
What you want: And what your boyfriend wants are 2 different things. At the same time, smoking is damaging to health, so what you want makes sense. You can't force ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Anger and crying: Crying hard will not hurt the baby -- but it sounds like you could be having some major problems with your mood. Please tell your obgyn physician tha... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Cialis and: Saw palmetto have no known interactions. Be aware, though, that evidence is mixed for saw palmetto's effectiveness, even in bph.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes, absolutely: Child abuse can certainly predispose to depression -- not only in children but also later in life. If neglect is also involved, chances for depression... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: No -- actually your low carb eating plan (if it still includes non-starchy vegetables) is likely to be more anti inflammatory in nature. This may eve... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Dosing type: It depends on how Haldol (haloperidol) is given, how quickly it works. Its sedative activity can be quite quick, especially when given intravenously.... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Ankle injury?: Have you sprained or otherwise injured your ankle? You need to have this evaluated by a physician who can personally examine you. Wishing you health... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Why do it?: The dose of unisom is 1 pill 30 minutes before bed. Why do you want to double it? You'd be more likely to have dry mouth, constipation, urinary rete... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Bad cold?: If you cannot stop vomiting, be seen today by a doctor. You may need IV fluids. If your self-induced vomiting (bulimia) is out of control you also n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Food intolerance: The usual way to determine food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet for several weeks, followed by gradual reintroduction of foods suspected o... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Grief counseling: Sorry to hear of your loss. You seem to be linking the death you saw, with your difficulty falling asleep. What is the connection for you? Some peo... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Cellulaze: I investigated this cellulaze procedure -- and it appears to involve a laser with small cannula inserted under the skin. Since zoloft (sertraline) an... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes you can: You can also help yourself further by avoiding foods with pesticides on them, and eating as healthily as you can. This means eating organic fruits an... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mood disorder: You could have a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder or cyclothymia. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist for a full evaluation.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is often helped by lithium, which is a mood-stabilizing medication. Sometimes depression is severe enough despite this that an antid... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Fermented bean curd: Fermented bean curd is a processed form of tofu, sort of like cheese. People use it as a flavoring rather than specifically to improve health. Natto... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not exactly: Veggies ; fruits are carbohydrates, and so is brown rice, etc. These are also high fiber though, and are healthy in a weight loss diet. Heavily proces... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Abilify (aripiprazole): Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication which can help with bipolar disorder -- including both manic and depressive phases. It sounds li... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Obsessive thought?: It sounds like you might be either having an obsessive thought, or re-experiencing a trauma. These situations can be helped a lot with cognitive behav... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Anal buzzing: Have you possibly been using electronic sexual toys for anal or other stimulation? The sensation may linger awhile, depending on how vigorously and h... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
St. John's Wort: St. Johns wort has some research support for mild-moderate depression -- not so much on anxiety. It would be in your best interest to get a professio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possibly: It depends on the reason you're doing this, and the intensity. If your intent is self-harm, it is self-harm. Some people do not intend to hurt themse... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Schizandra berry: Out of the ingredients in your vitamin, schizandra berry could potentially cause an interaction with cialis. There is mixed information about its eff... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Interactions: There may be some interaction between xanax (alprazolam) and bonine (meclizine), increasing dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. I wo... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Never seen it happen: I've seen many panic attacks, and treated hundreds of people who have them -- yet have never seen or heard of anyone having a seizure during a panic a... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Crystal Light: Crystal light isn't a diuretic. It's free of caffeine and sugar, but has plenty of the artificial sweetener aspartame. This has been linked to neurol... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): It depends on why you're taking zoloft, (sertraline) and what specific benefits you're looking for. I see that you list ocd but not depression in you... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Suicide and trauma: I am sorry to hear that your friend feels "traumatized by the local mental health system." she may not like the idea of working with them, but suicid... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Zoloft (sertraline) can cause side effects of tiredness and nausea, at least temporarily. Hopefully they will pass within a couple of weeks. If exer... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: I see that you've listed multiple antidepressants in your clinical information, but no mood stabilizing medications. Using antidepressants without th... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Jul 23, 2013
Dr. Pappas is kindhearted, intelligent, practical and an achieved psychiatrist who possesses a broad yet solid knowledge of medicine. Her perpetual support of patients and colleagues is the ultimate s...Read More
Nov 24, 2012
Dr. Pappas is a compassionate, sensible, knowledgeable psychiatrist who uses her broad training in medicine and complimentary modalities to give easily-understood answers to complex questions. I espe...Read More
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Sep 18, 2013
I can recommend Dr. Pappas without hesitation. Her clinical acumen, resourcefulness, empathy, tact, ethics, and broad base of knowledge are to be emulated. I have learned much from her and I greatly a...Read More
HealthTap member
Hello Dr Pappas, I just got this as I don't visit this site much. I have decided to tolerate the eating disorder until I can get off the cancer meds that are causing such a hormone shift that I can't...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, Dr. Pappas!! Your reply was very helpful! Helped so much to see that this is normal, and to stop judging myself! I would be interested in trying classical homeopathy, definitely, however, ...Read More
HealthTap member
Thanks Pamela. I just see really crazy that people kill themselves with alchool and heavy drugs and those go quickly while the natural plant, not good for sure but 100% less harmful than those like al...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

East Carolina University School of Medicine

Awards

Phoenix Super Doctors, 2012
Fellow of American Psychiatric Association, 2010 - present
HealthTap Top Doctor in Arizona, Summer 2013

Affiliations

Optimal You
American Psychiatric Association
American Institute of Homeopathy

Publications

The 1918 influenza pandemic and homeopathy.
Homeopathy and Women’s Health (Book Chapter)
Homeopathy and its Applications in Psychiatry (book chapter)
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