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Dr. Matthew Keener

Child Psychiatry
Cochecton, NY
17 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Matthew Keener is an Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an emotional health researcher, and studies bipolar disorder in adolescents. Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Keener earned his B.A. in Biology at Temple University where he belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa society, and his M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was honored as an American Psychiatric Association-Janssen Psychiatric Research Scholar. After graduating he completed his residency in psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where he served as Chief Resident and Chair and participated in investigations of integrative medicine in psychiatry while focusing on brain imaging research in adolescents with bipolar disorder. Working with Dr. Mary Phillips in the Clinical and Affective Translational Neuroscience Program during an NIH research fellowship, Dr. Keener uses novel behavioral and neuroimaging paradigms investigating self-related processing in order to examine the neural systems subserving SRP. The neural systems he examines are those that are central to emotion regulation, show functional alterations in the affective disorders, and demonstrate differential patterns of development across adolescence. Dr. Keener has shared findings from his research on neuroimaging and bipolar disorder in The International Review of Psychiatry and in the book Depression: Translational Approaches to Understanding and Treating, published by Oxford University Press. His contributions to integrative medicine in psychiatry have appeared in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and in the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry, while his research in novel brain paradigms has appeared in journals like Psychological Medicine and Neuropsychologia. Dr. Keener presently has a limited integrative psychiatric practice focusing on body/mind health for adolescents at the Flat Rock Clinic in Philadelphia, as well as work with the MHY Program in Pittsburgh. In addition to his clinical work and research, he also teaches and mentors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Child Psychiatry

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English

Doctor Q&A

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18 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, it is. : Research by psychiatrists at columbia university suggests that yes, it is possible. Up to 40% of patients with lyme disease experience neurological im... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, however...: Either can cause adrenergic elevation, risking increased mania or mixed states, however birth control pills can often stabilize mood cycling related t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Intense up and down: Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of abnormal fluctuations in one's biological rhythms resulting in manic highs characterized by decreased... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Treat the cause: If you're requiring Ativan (lorazepam) more than prescribed perhaps consider that the underlying anxiety may not be fully well treated. In many cases,... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Bio, psycho, social: The treatment of depression should target biology, psychology, and social factors. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exerc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Fortunately low: The chances are fortunately low. Most people who experience mood disorders have an inherited genetic propensity. However, it is still possible for a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
In dIfferent ways: Euphoric type bipolar disorder (with clear history of mania and days without sleep) is more commonly linked through a genetic history as opposed to fa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
An episodic disease: The mood disorder gets all the press but another way to accurately describe bipolar disorder is an episodic (not always occuring) disorder of energy a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes.: It is possible. Research shows that child and adolescent brain structures are less resilient to experiences of fear and stress than adult brains. Ch... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Talk about it: Talk to your spouse about his or her mood variations and the ways they affect you. Then ask if he or she would be willing to seek treatment from a qua... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Comfort :): Brain flow? Improving the sequence? Nope. It makes it more comfortable on your lower back as most people suffer from chronic hip flexion due to si... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Natural drugs: Herbs can be of use in depression and anxiety however like any substance carry both risk and benefit. St. Johns wort is the most commonly used herb... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
A mix: Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
MPH vs DA, Timing: Those medications differ in two major ways. First, whether they are a methylphenidate (mph) base like ritalin, metadate, or concerta, or whether they ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
18% suffer: Federal studies at the national institute of mental health show that 18% of teen girls suffer from a mood disorder.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Diagnose then treat.: First off make sure the diagnosis fits. Despite some evidence that pediatric BP differs from adults in timeframe, you still need manic (elevated) symp... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
It's episodic: Bipolar disorder is an episodic illness. It comes and goes often without cause. If your teen is always moody when told no, or is moody every day, it i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
40 min to 2 hrs: The length can vary but on average a brain MRI will run 40 min to 2 hours depending on the sequence used, whether there is a contrast used, and other ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Empathy, medicine: Resist the tendency to become frustrated with her. Understand that she's suffering from a serious illness. Listen to her with empathy, talk to her a... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Bio, psycho, social: The causes of mood disorders arise over development from biology, psychology, and social factors. Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of moo... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Bio, psycho, social: The causes of mood disorders arise over development from biology, psychology, and social factors. Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of moo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes and no: It can be common to have spotting during pregnancy leading one to think they are still having their period. Get a pregnancy test and go to your doctor... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Clinical exam: Although in the future we may have blood tests or functional MRI scans that can diagnose the disorder, for now the only way to diagnose bipolar is to ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Bio, psycho, social: The causes of depression arise from biology, psychology, and social factors. Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of depression utilizes all ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Common...however: A person diagnosed w pneumonia has symptoms of cough and fever. These are symptoms, but not separate diseases. But, we diagnose psychiatric disord... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Exercise is great: If you're feeling low, one of the best ways to change that is to go out and do something physical that will raise the activation level of your body. ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Nothing.: Depression is caused, and treated, in several ways. Therefore any of the treatments for mild depression can be of use in treating more severe depressi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
The "camp cries": Often really seen for the first time when kids go away to camp separation anxiety is when a child has an overwhelming anxiety response when separated ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, but an OD risk: Lithium is one of, if not the most effective med treatment for bipolar disorder. It is however a medication that can be easily overdosed and therefore... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Make it a phase: This could be a passing phase or it could be a more chronic pattern that is forming or has already formed. Make sure they are getting a good amount of... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Reducing CO2: Carbon dioxide (co2) opens up the cerebral blood vessels and increases the volume of blood in the head, increasing intracranial pressure (icp). Hy... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Unclear. Baseline? : Recent studies have shown marijuana smokers on average to be less overweight than non-smokers, however this might be due to several reasons. Those who... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Gentleness: Those with bpd, despite their emotional problems, are actually often better than average at noticing subtle levels of emotion. Therefore take a deep... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Variety of factors: There can be a large variation in the appearance of the brain at this early age. Spots could represent areas of concern or they could be perfectly nor... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
They can be: While mood swings are normal for teenagers and associated with hormonal changes in adolescence, parents should pay attention to whether mood issues ar... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
It is.: Yes, bipolar disorder can manifest in adolescence without prior childhood symptoms although it can also be common to have "sub threshold" baseline sym... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Greater intensity: Children and teens with bipolar disorder tend to experience more extreme symptoms as compared to adults. They can experience very fast mood swings, e... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Bipolar Psychosis: Yes it can be common for the highs and lows of bipolar disorder to present with psychosis like delusions or hallucinations. They are usually "mood con... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Find everyday safety: In addition to ensuring that your dad is in medical treatment, make sure you have the right supports. Is there someone you can call any time of day to... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
Talk to her: Adolescents with mood disorders often won't seek help on their own. As her mother, you can talk to her about your concerns. Let her know that her he... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Keener is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Keener is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Stretching is easy too I love using it for mood boost:)
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
APA-Janssen Psychiatric Research Scholars award
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Publications

Dissociable patterns of medial prefrontal and amygdala activity to face identity versus emotion in bipolar disorder
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