Dr. Peter Forster

Psychiatry
San Francisco, CA
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Francisco, CA

Address

211 Gough Street, Suite 211, San Francisco, CA
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Show more

About

Bio

I am interested in people with mood disorders (depression, bipolar) and people with anxiety (especially posttraumatic stress). I am on the faculty at UCSF. I have a passionate interest in working to fight stigma against mental illnesses. I have a blog entitled MoodSurfing.com that talks about my long interest in helping people live creatively with moods.The clinic that I work at has its own webpage - http://www.gatewaypsychiatric.com/dr-peter-forsters-practice.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

356 Answers
58 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
36 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Panic attacks resolve themselves. So even though they seem like a medical emergency when they happen, you don't actually need to do anything for them ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
36 years experience Psychiatry
Fast heart rate: 106 beats per minute is slightly faster than a typical heart rate. Fast heart rate can be caused by anxiety and/or taking stimulants. In the absence o ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
36 years experience Psychiatry
Treat depression: Antidepressants can be very effective for some people. In general, there are about as effective as other medications, for example medications for high ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

5
Recommendations
526
Thank you notes
Dec 2, 2012
I am delighted to endorse Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, Peter L. Forster MD. He is a superb psychiatric diagnostician and psychopharmacologist. I have referred patients, friends and person...Read More
Nov 3, 2012
Excellent diagnostician, psychopharmacologist, and great understanding of systems.
HealthTap member
May 7, 2016
I am taking antidepressants since 15years I feel excessive sleepiness at daytime & lethargy please suggest treatment.
HealthTap member
Dear Peter, It is well past time that I insist to you that you are not pretty good at persuading me that you are not an exemplary physician. Given all the negatives, that is to say that you are a sup...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I will keep this on mind. I read up on this and will be trying to tapper off the Effexor onto Prozac :-)
HealthTap member
I went to the doctor and they believe I have muscle dysphonia and put me on voice rest for 2 days, there's a possibility it won't work tgoug

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Diego School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Best Doctors in America

Affiliations

Gateway Psychiatric Services
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCSF
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less