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Dr. Michael Blumenfield

Psychiatry
Woodland Hills, CA
57 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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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

Woodland Hills, CA

Office

Woodland Hills,, CA

About

Bio

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

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

705 Answers
10 Agrees
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Don't give up !: Many people who have the issues which you describe have tried to get help more a few times before they connect and and are able to be supported and fe... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Talk with therapist?: It sounds as if you may get embarrassed easily. That certainly may be related to self confidence or other psychological factors. Seeing a psychotherap... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not enough Info: Even though it is possible that it is psychological reaction, the symptoms are serious enough that she should have a medical evaluation.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Psychological Eval: There are many possible reasons why you are having suicidal thoughts. The important things is that you should have the opportunity to speak with a m... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Usually not a proble: Some people take a minute or two to transition from a deep sleep with dreaming to being fully awake. This by itself is not a serious problem. If persi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Yes: There is an old term called myxedema madness which referred to the combination of edema ( throughout the body particularly noticeable in face and leg... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not easy to overcome: The value of various drug treatment programs and group meetings such as NA is that sometimes when an unmotivated drug addict hears other people talkin... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Likely psychological: While this sounds like a psychological issue that could be treated by psychotherapy, it is always a good idea to have a physical check up to be sure t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Forgetting????: An 18 year old rarely has simple lapses in memory in something as important as taking contraception pills. You have to consider that there may be some... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Team Talk: The treatment of depression with medication is a team project with you and your M.D. As the team. Often the game plan will include psychotherapy and m... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not likely /Use BC: From what you describe it seems unlikely that pregnancy occurred if there was no ejaculation but sometimes you can't be sure what exactly happened. S... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Could be.: Even though this symptoms can be related to panic attacks, it is important to have a physical examination with blood tests. There are physical condi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
More smoke & drink : Because more people smoke and drink than use heroin and cocaine. Heroin and Cocaine can be deadly in short term use and smoking and alcohol can also c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Treatment Works!: There are many reasons why you may be feeling this way . The best approach is to get a physical check up and probably see a mental health professional... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Talk with your doc: It is a term that is usually not used in regard to women. Probably it is being used to reflect difficulty with sexual arousal or in having climax. The... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Talk it over : Wet dreams are a normal phenomena especially in young men. For many people masturbation is also normal. Antidepressants are not usually used to preven... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Psych isssue?: The last pill is often the most difficult when detoxing from physical dependence on a medication such as klonopin (clonazepam). However, there may be ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Know Treatment plan: Doctors will often change the medication that is being used. Sometimes the reason is because there are side effects or because it is not working or pe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Time for check up: It is possible but there are also other possible reasons for memory loss. It is a good idea to get a complete physical and psychological evaluation
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Two things: You should have a physical check up and routine blood test . You should also consider speaking with a psychiatrist to see if therapy with or without m... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Therapy and meds: It sound like you have a depression which may be quite significant since you have anxiety, sadness and loss of appetite. If you are on an antidepress... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Consider 2nd Opinion: You want to be sure that you understand the treatment plan and why your doctor would not want to reduce Ritalin (methylphenidate) especially if you ha... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Yes: A person who goes on an extreme diet may endanger their health and well being but yet not intentionally be trying to hurt him or her self. Whenever th... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
C mental hlth prof.: Stockholm syndrome refers to a group of psychological symptoms that occur in some persons in a captive or hostage situation. The person identifies who... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Time for Treatment: Once you are involved with cocaine, it usually is not a question of how much but rather how to completely stop it. Usually this will involved a drug t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Sadness is the prob: Crying is obviously the result of the sadness. The important question why is there so much sadness? It may be related to problems, conflicts, loss, d... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Checkup is in order: Highly doubtful that you died. A physical checkup is order if you have not had one recently. There also should be mental health evaluation. Depending ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Check up -1st step: You want to have a complete check up with your regular doctor to be sure that you are in top shape and that there is nothing to be concerned about. If... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No control=problem: A 20 year old guys feeling " horny" a good deal of the time is not uncommon. The concern here is if you can't control your impulses and feelings. Tha... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No special time: In fact sometimes a fleeting moment of a traumatic event will be visually remembered for a long time even if you don't think it very often.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Yes- Dangerous: Since it is an over-the counter non prescription drug i don't have the research data on dosage that is dangerous or fatal. Exceeding the suggested do... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Caution: Depending on the specific medication and the amount of wine that you drink , there could be a detrimental effect. Check with your doctor.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Med and psych Eval.: Step One: Physical evaluation to be sure that you don't have any medical or skin problems Step Two: Psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Depends: There are so many possible causes of sleep disturbances it is not possible to name one treatment without knowing the patient. Better sleep hygiene, me... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Indiv Rx for answer: Dreams are very personal and the meaning is usually very specific to the individual. Usually dreams are forgotten. If they are stressful and clearly r... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Talk w ur doc first: Both citalopram and Mirtazapine are both antidepressants. Mirtazapine has a side effect of making a person sleepy so it sometimes is helpful in this r... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Do as your Doc Rx: There is no significant drug interaction that would be expected to happen between these medications. However, you should be sure that you are followin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Talk with a doctor : Asking this question is the first step in getting help. You should talk with your family doctor and/or a psychiatrist. You will benefit by a full eva... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Can't just pop pill: Antidepressant medication doesn't take effect immediately. It can be a couple of weeks before you feel the main effect of this medicine. You want to t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Depends: Your doctor would take into account your overall condition, situation, other meds you are taking, how long you having been taking this med and the ove... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 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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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 31, 2015
Dr. Blumenfield is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 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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