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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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My office hours

Saturday: 9:00am - 12pm
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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

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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

556 Answers
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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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 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 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 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 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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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 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Two, but talk to do: Obviously 3.75 +3.75=7.5 so the answer would be two. However there may have been a breakdown in communication between you and your doctor which led y... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Chat with your doc: If you are properly on birth control pills you should not become pregnant. Cramps and pain in your stomach can be due to other things and you should s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Reflex: If everything is working correctly, you will pull your hand back but still can get burned. Don't try it
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Dreams r not logical: Dreams frequently can be illogical and even bizarre. There is no simple way to interpret a dream. If disturbing dreams persist you might want to talk ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Two prong approach: First you should see your primary care doctor or an ENT specialist to get medical assurance that there is no physical problem . then you should see a ... 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 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Psychiatric Consult: There are many reasons why someone might have anxiety symptoms and possibly have an anxiety disorder. The treatment might include various kinds of psy... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Probably not Celexa (citalopram): YOu probably mixed up the names of the drugs you are taking. 40 mg/day is usually the top dosage of Celexa (citalopram). You should talk with your do... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
No simple answer: You describe serious symptoms individually and in combination. This doesn't mean that the person can't be helped. The psychological issues, the drinki... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Good description: That is fairly good way of looking at it. The goal is to let you function in a normal way without symptoms. It sounds like you and your doctor have co... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Depends: This depends on how stressful and who you are and the psychological make up that you have. Some people bounce back very quickly and even thrive on str... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Check with your doc: Memory problems are usually not typical of schizophrenia. You certainly can get distracted by various thoughts that you have. Hopefully treatment will... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Reassure each other.: Since you have contacted Health Tap I assume that you have contacted emergency services who would be on their way to rescue you. You should of course ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Insomnia =symptom: Insomnia may be a symptom of other underlying problems. Medication especially trying to " drug " yourself to sleep may not be the best approach. Perha... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Should be OK: If you are not having severe pain or tenderness or bleeding or fever, taking a Xanax (alprazolam) that has been adjusted for you is perfectly ok. If s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Appears YES: Recent studies have shown that Smoking marijuana increases risk of cancer It may also causes changes in the brain especially of young people.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Don't give up on med: This is not necessarily true. Most people can tolerate antidepressant medications. Sometimes it is necessary to start with a very low dosage. The time... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Get Rx 4 Anx/Panic: I never heard of such damage occurring because of anxiety and panic. If you are having physical symptoms of course you should get a physical check up.... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Dreams are complex: There is no agreed upon reason what causes a person to dream certain things. Sometimes dreams express wishes, Sometimes dreams are disguised. Other ti... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
1st thing-see doc: Poor appetite frequently goes along with depression and is a serious symptom. You should be in treatment and medication should be considered along wi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Should be easy: Your dosage is low and the time on it relatively brief so it shouldn't be a big problem . If you are taking it once/day break the pill in half for 2 d... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
NIMH.gov: Go to the NIMH.gov. National Institute of Mental Health) If u r concerned about mental illness for yourself or someone you care about,, you should ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Add insight oriented: You seem to have some good capacity for insight. Perhaps insight oriented therapy should be added to the CBT that you have had. An evaluation of the m... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 years experience
Many variables: There are many variables that have to be taken into account in figuring out what are the best medications for you. Very important is your medical and ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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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 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 59 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
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Testimonials
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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...
HealthTap member
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.
HealthTap member
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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