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Dr. Andrew Ho

Psychiatry
31 years experience male

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I am a psychiatrist trained at UC Irvine and UC San Diego. Was on faculty at UCLA for about 10 years.

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Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

ADHD & Autism

Languages spoken

Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

309 Answers
66 Agrees
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Wrong Diagnosis: Wrong diagnosis is caused by partial or wrong information. A doctor is like a car mechanic or repairman when trying to figure out the problem. If yo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Near sighted?: Did your doctor say you have brain tumor in addition to being near-sighted? Eye strain from being near-sighted and not wearing glasses can cause eye ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Lucky or Unlucky: Estimated chance of getting pregnant per month is about 20% without contraception. You may just have been lucky or unlucky, depending on what you hav... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Very Long List: of conditions, including adjustment to stress, infections, pain, etc. Your profile includes several conditions that can cause anhedonia. Rather than... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Very Low Risk: If you are off by a few hours, especially if you are on combination pill (for example, orsythia which is listed on your question). If you are on prog... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Possible PTSD or: Brief psychotic disorder with marked stressor, depending mainly on duration. Either diagnosis should be psychiatrically evaluated and treated. Unless... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Will Not Work: Using purging to lose weight does not make sense. The reason is that you will get hungry/urge and eat again. If it were possible to not eat when you... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Limit reached: For what you can do on your own. I am really impressed that you already did 4 pregnancy tests. The two positive tests concerns me. You definitely reac... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: I have never met a patient who has depression that stay the same over a long period of time. They feel bad, then things get better, then the depressio... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Stage 1 of healing: Pain is a signal from the injured body part to the brain. The message is - I am hurt, take it easy on me. There are lots of nerve endings on the fac... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
2 to 3 weeks: Testing too late adds to the anxiety of waiting. Testing too early means you will not be totally sure that you are not pregnant, even if the result is... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Find out more: Lack of will power can mean different things. Can mean depression but can also be addiction, interpersonal, family, relationship, work issues. Befor... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Have you sat down with your doctor who made the diagnosis? That will be a good starting point in terms of getting useful advice, because you will nee... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes, but do not: Draw conclusions from vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is not a reliable way to figure out whether there is a pregnancy. Better to wait for your... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Been reported: Other serotonin reupake inhibitors (ssri) have been known to cause menstrual changes, including what you described. Heavy menstrual period is mention... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Efficiency: is more important in the long run. Find out how you can learn better, more effectively in less time. You will have to learn increasing more and do m... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Need to be examined: since you had an old injury, there are several possibilities. Rather than guessing, which is all anyone can do online, please go see a doctor - prefe... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Will be quite hard: but possible. Since it will be hard, best way to go is to work with a doctor. These medications are not interchangeable. That's way some profession... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Isolation after move: After moving, social relationships need to be re-established. Since you are taking psychiatric medications, you can ask your psychiatrist about suppo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
See psychiatrist: because it is impossible to truly tell whether you are experiencing hallucinations and delusions without someone else to give you feedback. Even if y... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Why?: It is highly toxic. Please do not ingest or inject it. Your body will be damaged by it. It causes tissue damage on contact. You can read about it ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Differences: between "general" response and specific individual response must be considered. Each person is different. Not everyone gets activated on A... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Work the program: One day at a time. Recovery will take daily effort, use all the resources, support, help available. You will need it all. Good to start. Recovery i... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not necessarily: but worth a consultation with a psychiatrist because indeed you may be suffering from major depression, which can be treated with psychotherapy or med... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends on how: many doctors are involved at the same time. Because symptoms for these 3 things overlap, it is unhelpful for a single doctor to diagnose all three of... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
You already have it: Since you already had depression, you don't just have a hereditary risk, you are already affected. Therefore, it is advisable that you control the de... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Targeting: If an antibiotic targets a protein that is only essential to prokaryotic cells, then in eukaryotic cells, it will not work as an antibiotic. It is al... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Learn from them: Some grandparents don't know how best to relate to grandkids. Being ignored or spoiled is not getting the most out of the relationship. There is much ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes depends: There are quite a few classes of drugs that are known to increase rates of akathesia. In addition, there are individuals (3-5%) who will experience ak... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Parenting: Is hard, because it is never easy for two people to agree on how best to raise children. Add to this the emotions and hurt feelings linked to broken d... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Early indicators: Almost any behavioral change can be early indicator. Some of the more sensitive and thus earliest include insomnia, social withdrawal, irritability, c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Severity + Duration: Bad enough for long enough is how these diagnoses have been defined. When faced with a decision whether to seek medical attention, general tendency is... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Talk first: As a fathers, i will be more hurt by silent suspicion than by a frank conversation. Clearly, you think this is important enough to take action. Going ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Need change: After your doctor decides nothing else is causing recurrence of depression, a change in dose might be useful. You definitely want to let your doctor ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Hyperarousal: Opiate withdrawal causes autonomic system hyperarousal. This includes increased heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, etc. Sleep disturbance of some... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Fever, headache, etc: For example, meningitis, which involves membrane that cover the brain, can cause headache, fever. Encephalitis, which involves brain tissue, can cause... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Goals and tolerance: As parents, first you need to have agreement among yourselves on the goals of this new venture and what you can tolerate. Translating love into action... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Acceptance: You have taken a very important step towards recovery by recognizing you are suffering from depression. This opens the door to even greater understand... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No: If you have to ask on healthtap, the answer is no. Death from prescription drug abuse is now a major health problem: http://www.Foxnews.Com/health/20... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
See a doctor now!: Headaches that are getting worse need to be fully evaluated. Extra suffering aside, you don't want to delay finding out a brain tumor, for example, t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Practice: Best way is to practice interviewing. Find a friend (or coach) and go through a simulated interview. You can prepare a list of questions to use for th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Need more: It can be as simple as you need more than 8 hours of sleep. This might be normal. Alternatively, you may have a medical / psychiatric condition that c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not enough: Problem with xanax (alprazolam) (and many similar anxiety drugs) is that it wears off. Another problem is that some doctors don't worry enough about t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Get checked: Reminds me of car making strange sound and i don't know why. Generally in these types of situation, best to bring car to mechanic and get it checked. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: This is not very much talked about but many of my patients complain of difficulty with reading comprehension. Can get a little better with treatment b... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Also virus: Hepatitis (liver inflammation), both acute and chronic, are commonly caused by a variety of virus, leading to hepatitis a, b, c, d, e. The only way t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
History and status: Step one is for your doctor to understand your condition, both its history and current status. After that, he/she will make diagnosis and recommend a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
If prescribed: You and your doctor must weigh the potential risks and benefits when deciding to use Intuniv (guanfacine) or any medication. This does not mean he/she... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ho is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ho is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jun 6, 2012
very quick to respond, super nice! :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Your answer makes me so feel much better! Thanks so much for your time
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Thanks for your quick reply! Not really sure what conditions you're referring to? Could you elabora
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Thanks for your quick reply! Sorry but this didn't help me it wasn't what I asked but thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1995

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