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Dr. Lisa Saponaro

Clinical Psychology
Plantation, FL
19 years experience female

Locations

Lisa Saponaro, PhD

Plantation, FL

Address

7820 Peters Rd Ste E100, Plantation, FL, United States
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Tricare

Medicare

Cigna

About

Bio

I provide individual (child and adult), couples, and family therapy as well as psychological testing in a private practice in Plantation, FL. In addition, I teach adjunct at Nova Southeastern University and consult with local community and government agencies to provide mental health services. I am experienced treating Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders (PTDS, Generalized Anxiety, Specific and Social Phobias, Panic Attacks, OCD), Substance and Alcohol Dependence, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Parenting Strategies, Stress and Anger Management, Coping and Communication Skills, Grief, Life Transitions and Developmental Problems, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Disorders of Early Childhood, Career Issues and a variety of other mental health concerns. To learn more about me and the services I provide, check out my website at: http://www.lsaponaro.com/

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: Florida

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

190 Answers
143 Agrees
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many: Obesity has many health risks including pain and mobility issues, heart problems, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, increased risk of diabetes, depres... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Exercise: Exercise has a double benefit. While initially you may feel tired after exercise, building it into your regular routine will both help you burn more ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Keep food journal: Keep a diary of everything you eat combined with the physical activity you engage in. There are several possible reasons - you may still be eating mo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being ove... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Check with your doc: While it is most likely anxiety, it is important to see a doctor when you have difficulty breathing and tightness in your chest. To treat the anxiety... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Talk therapy + meds: Depression is serious and requires treatment. First consult with a doctor to identify if that is the proper diagnosis for you and then begin the proce... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Exercise: Get plenty of rest. Add exercise or meditation into your morning routine. Both have been proven to help reduce anxiety. Try deep breathing techniqu... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many: Peer pressure can try to influence behaviors (pressure to have another drink, be more sexually active, vote for a certain person) or may try to influe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too mu... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Less fat: Skin is loose after weight loss because there is less stuff underneath it than before. As the fat cells shrink and the skin often can not shrink as q... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Placebo effect: Ssris- are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They allow serotonin to stay present in the synapses of the brain for longer periods of time. Se... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Depends: Initially you may lose some water weight, it is important to stay hydrated with dietary changes. Drinking plenty of water helps ensure the weight you... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Impairs breathing: Obesity can result in shortness of breath and labored breathing as people who are obese tend to be less physically fit and their bodies tire more quic... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Creating a routine and sticking to it can be very beneficial for weight loss. Select a healthy grain for your bread, choose natural peanut butter and... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can help to address the cognitive distortions often associated with body dystrophic disorder. Depending on the severity of symptoms pre... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: There are effective treatments for ptsd. The sooner you begin treatment the quicker it can be resolved. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Early grave: Obesity has many physical and emotional health risks. Increased risk of diabetes which has additional health risks, increased risk of blood pressure ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Lots of self care: It is critical to continue to take care of yourself when you are the caretaker for others. Make sure you have good sleep habits, good eating and exer... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Red hands and feet are your body's response to the stress of a panic attack; however, panic attacks are not normal and should be treated. There effec... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
See doctor: Brain development in teenagers can make them prone towards paranoia as well as a host of other emotions. It is worth talking to the doctor to determi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Stop adding it: Start with eliminating added salt (there is enough added into so many products). To improve palatability try adding flavorful and healthy herbs and v... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes : Death from overdose on prescription medications is the third leading cause of accidental death. Anxiety pills are also addictive and their use should... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Doctor or therapist: A medical doctor or mental health professional can diagnose an anxiety disorder. It is important to know that anxiety disorders are highly treatable.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
See your doctor: It is important to visit with a physician to determine what is causing your symptoms.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Make them stronger: Depending on your body weight, you may want to try shedding excess pounds - if you are overweight/obese and lose weight some of it will come off of yo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Get educated: If your child is still a minor, be sure to get him treatment.. Both medications and therapy are helpful in the treatment of bipolar disorder. If y... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Gun exposure: Having contact with any type of gun makes it more likely that a teen would get injured by one. Hunting increases opportunity to be in contact with gu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Go authoritative: Authoritative is typically the healthiest parenting style. This parenting style sets limits and provides direction while also remaining flexible and ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Block fat absorption: Alli works by blocking some of the absorption of fat. It is supposed to be combined with dietary changes which reduce the overall fat intake and port... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Small portion: Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics. Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and nati... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Several ways: Sleep apnea can be caused by obesity and significantly affects sleep as well as health. Also, obesity contributes to body pain and join pain which ca... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many ways: Obese individuals are more likely to be depressed and stressed. They are more likely to experience physical ailments and pain which also contribute t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Therapists can help: Help connect him to a professional. Depression is best treated with therapy, cbt and interpersonal therapy are both well validated forms of treatment.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Comes with language: Children have memory extremely early in life, its our ability to recall these memories that fades over time. Many people have memory that tracks back... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Depends on age: Be sure to talk to someone and make sure this is the right choice for you.The best case scenario is to arrange for an adoption prior to the child's bi... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Ask pediatrician: If you mean would a 105 pound 9 year old be overweight, your pediatrician can answer that question based on the child's height and gender. If you are... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many: Overweight is a classification based on what is considered healthy body weight. A bmi > 25 (while it has flaws) is calculated based on your height an... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Weight watchers has a significant amount of data to demonstrate that it can be effective. However, it can also be ineffective and it is dependent on ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Safe but not healthy: Congrats on the loss of 47 pounds! pretty much anything in moderation is ok. However, gravy is predominately fat; therefore if your goal is to reduc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Psychotherapy + meds: Depression is serious and requires treatment. First consult with a doctor to identify if that is the proper diagnosis for you and then begin the proce... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Plan ahead: Plan meals a day in advance. Grab fruits & vegetables that can travel (mini carrots, celery, oranges, apples, bananas). Nuts and nut butters come in... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Primarily obesity: The dramatic increase in diabetes is directly related to the dramatic increase in our weights. Genetics havent changed but the rates of diabetes certa... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
See chart: The chart will give good guidance, age plays some role and your doctor can best tell you what is right for your body. Weight varies and so does body ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: A sociopath is known as antisocial personality disorder according to the dsm-iv. The most important part of diagnostics is a good clinical interview.... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Extreme high: Abnormally and consistently elevated mood (or irritable mood) lasting at least 1 week. Increased impulsiveness, excessive indulgences (drugs, spendin... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Sometimes: Real depression have a genetic component. However, teenagers are at a critical time in brain development where they are more susceptible to feeling al... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Intake > output: The recent increase in childhood obesity is highly correlated with the increase in sugary beverages, high fat foods, decreased physical activity, and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Treat both: Pain can contribute to depression and particularly chronic pain. The reverse is true also, depression can manifest in bodily pain and make pains less... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Eat less move more: Assuming she is either overweight or obese - weight loss would be appropriate. She would do it in the same way as adults - eat less and move more. T... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
True GID is rare: Gender identity disorder is fairly uncommon. Some studies suggest fewer than 1 in 100, 000. However, high school being a time of identity expression ... Read More

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Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Saponaro provides concise, reliable, and helpful information on HealthTap. I appreciate her contributions!
Jul 18, 2013
Great answers. Very helpful. Thank you!
May 21, 2013
Very excellent and timely responses.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you my friend has all those signs but I'm not sure if it is depression because she was fine before she had her miscarriage
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I was not sure but now i know i have a realy bad depression...still dont know what to do about it but thx for the info
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Thank you for the tips about the food tracker app! Since I always have my phone with me, it eliminates any excuses for not keeping an eye it

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Memphis
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, Florida - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, Florida - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Psychological Association
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