Dr. Michael Blumenfield

Psychiatry
Woodland Hills, CA
59 years experience male

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Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

Woodland Hills, CA

Address

5901 Nita Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA
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Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

Woodland Hills, CA

Office

Woodland Hills,, CA

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Board Certified in Psychiatry Board Certified in Psychosomatic Medicine Sidney E. Frank Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences-NY Med College, Private practice in Woodland Hills, California ( Los Angeles ) President American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychiatry Past Speaker of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association Blogs : PsychiatryTalk.com, FilmRap.net Web: Mblumenfieldmd.com Storyshrink.com Author of numerous professional publications and several books. I do mostly psychotherapy and prescribe medication when needed. I work mostly from my office but on occasion will see patients via video computer connection . I do not prescribe medication via Virtual Consults

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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

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556 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Depends: If you are concerned about working and don't understand your fears, you should spend some time talking with a therapist.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Get checked out: A conversion disorder is where a person has a physical symptom or symptoms without any physical basis and there are underlying psychological issues br... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes: Sometimes the SSRI medication can cause difficulty with erection which can be treated with Viagra . However one should have a physical checkup to be ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Tranquilizer: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It can be habit forming and in some cases abrupt withdrawal can be dangerous.
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Psych Consult: Sexual satisfaction usually involves a physical component and a psychological component. A woman in this situation should have a routine complete phys... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Evaluation & Therapy: A person who has panic symptoms needs a physical evaluation to rule out any underlying medical condition. Then there needs to be mental evaluation and... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yup: Sweating is a common side effect of taking celexa (citalopram). The reaction being described seems more severe than usual but it can happen. Not havin... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Don't try it: Having a wish to cause oneself pain is a reflection of some important psychological issues. This can be dealt with in psychotherapy. This is treatable... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Possibly: When a person is really anxious , one of the symptoms they can have is nausea, which of course also can happen during pregnancy. There is also a rare ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Several Possiblities: Some dentists offer conscious sedation or have very good chairside manners which can be helpful to adjusting to the dental experience. The psychiatr... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Get checked out: If a person depressed and can't get out of bed or eat, they definitely should be evaluated. A physical exam with appropriate blood tests are indicated... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Psychological issues: Although the taper plan that was described should usually work, you have to consider that one can develop dependency both physical and psychological o... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Speak to a therapist: Addiction usually implies that physical withdrawal takes place as well as tolerance. Most likely the masturbation isn't the problem but it is the con... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No reason.: Your age and the normal tests which i assume were part of a normal physical evaluation appear to make you anextremely low risk for cardiac arrest. So ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No: Anxiety by itself would not cause purple feet. Such discoloration may be related to venous stasis ( blood pooling in the lower limbs) and should be di... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Intensify each other: Both medications can sedate. Therefore depending on the dosage, timing, other medication being taken and the condition of the person taking them, th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Wrong question !: The label is not important. What is important is that purging is a potentially a harmful symptom . It is a signal that a person is struggling with iss... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Please get help: A person shouldn't have to struggle by themselves with such thoughts. Having a mental health evaluation and working with a therapist, possibly with me... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Check it out: Extreme sensitivity to noises can be due to physical causes including the morning after from alcohol binges as well as some possible neurological cond... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Tell story + Q&A: It should mean meeting a professional who is empathic and listens well to your story. You should also be prepared for questions about your symptoms, o... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
If extreme see doc: Since we dream a several times per night, any body sensation can just as likely occur during a dream as any other time. Sometimes a body sensation ma... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
It can happen: Borderline personality can be present with a variety of conditions including those that have hallucinations. This symptom which indicates a serious br... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Therapy should help: It is not unusual for feelings about early experiences of being molested will surface when one's children approach the age where this act happened to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
You are smart girl: You must be smart girl because you have identified this important problem. Now recognize there are good treatment for ocd so you need to talk with you... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Reevaluate Rx Plan : If treatment is not helping symptoms , it needs to be reevaluated. The drug listed above is not in listing of antidepressants. Weight loss can be rela... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
PE & MH Evaluation: You should be sure that you have a physical evaluation and routine blood tests including thyroid evaluation as well as a mental health evaluation. Onc... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Works both ways: Drinking can lead to depressive symptoms depressive symptoms can lead to drinking. In either case help is available and people with depression and/o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Gradually : The best approach is to very gradually reduce the amount of caffeine each day. This can be done by either drinking less caffeinated coffee, diluting... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Not necessarily: There are various types of depressions . It can be biological and it can be caused by life experiences including childhood issues. Treatment for depr... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Any cutting is impt: People who cut may be cutting themselves because they are bored or because they have a need to have certain kinds of feelings. No matter what the rea... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Longer visit is best: A longer consultation is preferred , not only to determine if a mental illness is present but to understand the exact diagnosis, seriousness of it a... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Talk with your doc: The fact that you raise the question suggests that you are having some post partum depression which is not uncommon. If it persists for a few weeks ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Depends: Long term smoking anything can be very harmful to your health. Excessive alcohol can also be deadly. These dangerous substances can be hard to stop. P... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Psychiatrists can Rx: Psychiatrists are physicians who are trained in treating mental conditions. Psychiatrists usually do therapy and prescribe medications. Psychiatrists ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
When and how M.D. Rx: Antidepressants are prescribed by doctors after a thorough evaluation of a person's mental and physical condition. If it is determined that there is a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Not a requirement: Depression is not a requirement to see a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. Also even a little bit of depression can be significant. Th... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Patience&Reevaluate: Sometimes, you have to wait longer for the expected result. Sometimes, the dosage has to be changed. Sometimes the specific medication has to be chang... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Get Physical Eval: Painful joints and skin is not usually a sign of bipolar.The appropriate things to do would be a complete physical evaluation with blood tests . Ther... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Reality check ?: Psychotic refers to being out of touch with reality. The term is used in conjunction with mental conditions where people might hallucinate, be paranoi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
It is hurtful: When a person is rejected by someone that they care about it can be very painful. This can cause depression which at times can be serious. It also can... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Xanax (alprazolam) is a complicated medication. It can be an effective antianxiety medication that works rapidly. On the other hand it is easy to buil... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Don't Do It: If you mean restoril, (temazepam) the sleeping medication taking , 50 tablest of any dosage of it could be fatal. Taking 50 tablets of any medication ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No: No it is not normal. There are many conditions which can cause these symptoms and this pattern. There is every reason to to believe that is is treatab... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Traumatic Experience: It sounds as if you are going through a traumatic experience. You appear to depressed and quite anxious. You should see a psychiatrist and work out a ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Several possibilitie: First of all it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks for the usual antidepressants to work. Sometimes the dosage has to be adjusted or a another medication can ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Sometimes: The interaction between stress and depression is complicated. While medication can help both , psychotherapy is usually very important so you can und... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Usually a great med: 100,000s if not millions of people have used this type of medication for such a time period. There are many studies which show it is safe. Of course t... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
It is possible but..: Yes they both work in the body differently so in some cases it can be a good combination with Luvox (fluvoxamine) being effective for ocd and depressi... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Yes is possible but-: Severe anxiety can cause muscle twitches and parasthesia especially when associated with hyperventilation. You mention you also have other physical sy... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
PE, bld test inc TSH: the first step should be a physical examination including a complete blood test which should include TSH which is a test for thyroid function. Hypothy... Read More
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HealthTap member
Sep 4, 2014
thank you for commenting about my dreams. I spoke with Dr. Fowler about my fears. Things have abated. Thanks
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Blumenfield is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Blumenfield is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for answering the only reason I take Xanax to sleep has only been recent due to a very high conflict custody battle I'm going through.... It's only short-term until this stress is over...
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have an ongoing treatment plan. My doc is unreachable until next week. This is just a one time, odd situation and I've never taken the latter 2meds.
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I don't need a drink. I just enjoy a glass of red wine. I'm very cautious about my consumption so as to avoid problems in the future. But thanks for the heads up!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1964MD

Residency

Psychiatry

Awards

see cv - mblumenfieldmd.com
Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, Los Angeles, CA - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, California - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Michael Blumenfield, M.D.
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychiatry
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