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Dr. William Patterson

Psychiatry
Birmingham, AL
50 years experience

Locations

Birmingham Research Group

Birmingham, AL

Address

2120 Lynngate Dr., Birmingham, AL
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Fax

2058239410

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

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A member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Pot an CPK: I am not aware of thc increasing ck blood levels. It's a muscle enzyme and the most common reason for increases is exercise, weight lifting, etc. The ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Panic and meds: The best approach is medication such as ssris (ex:prozac, lexapro) and initial use of benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) or Klonopin to stop t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Group of symptoms: Asyndrome refers to a group of symptoms that characterize a particular disorder or disease and a disorder is a morbid mental or physical state.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Atrial fib anxiety: Unfortunately atrial fib can cause significant anxiety symptoms in and of itself and should be evaluated and treated by a cardiologist. Also, antidepr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Broken pinky: Swelling, tenderness, bruising, inability to move the finger inward and deformity usually after an injury to the hand. About a third of hand fractures... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
SSRIs for BDD: Ssris like Prozac (fluoxetine) are considered to be the medications of choice for bdd.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
NO!: No. Pamelor (nortriptyline) is used to treat depression but if the pain is associated with or made worse by depression, the pain may decrease if depre... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Calm nerves: Benzodiazepines (xanax, ativan, klonopin, etc) calm nerves effectively and quickly but can cause sleepiness and don't mix with alcohol. Long term use... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Breakdown: This is a lay term that can refer to any episode of a psychiatric condition such as mania, depression, psychosis, etc. That's usually acute and often ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Hytrin (terazosin) withdrawal?: I am not aware of a specific withdrawal syndrome with hytrin, (terazosin) however, if it's used to treat high blood pressure, you would expect an incr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
See a doctor: There are 5 cardinal signs and symptoms of disease that indicate a need to consult a doctor or go to an emergency room: vomiting, fever, loss of consc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Panic Defined: Its manifested by recurrent sudden anxiety attacks that peak within 10 minutes and accompanied by at least 4 out of 13 symptoms listed in dsm-4 such a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Connector: The spinal cord connects the nerves in the brain with the nerves throughout the body.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Anoexia/Bulimia: Both are eating disorders and more common in females. Anorexia primarily involves restriction of food intake in order not to gain weight therefore are... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine) can calm: Cymbalta (duloxetine) is fda approved for the treatment of anxiety in adults and in my experience it is quite effective.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Nerves and alcohol: People with anxiety disorders are appx. 3 times more likely to abuse alchohol often to try to alleviate the anxiety but in the long run, it makes anxi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
No ED : Sciatica itself doesn't cause ed but compression or damage to the nerves that exit the lower spinal cord can cause ed in some men.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Intestinal Damage: I don't think so but it can damage them and interfere with functioning. I would be much more concerned about the lining of the mouth, esophagus and st... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Binge eating : Recurrent episodes of binge eating up to 2 hours twice or more per week with loss of control over the amount eaten and efforts to avoid weight gain su... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Little people: Adult under 4 feet 10 inches and they are classified according to cause and proportionality of body parts.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Pain, Sleep,Leptin: Leptin is a hormone that regulates metabolism and body weight. Fibromyalgia may cause sleep deprivation which in turn may lower or raise leptin levels... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Rectal pain: Rectal pain and discomfort especially after a bowel movement and frequentially associated with some bright red blood after wiping.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Turtle shell: They feel inadequate and are very sensitive to what others think of them so they avoid activities with other people, socially, at work, etc.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Extra rib: If you mean a cervical rib it's about 1 in 500 and much rarer to have a set of them.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Chapped lips: They appear like chapped lips but respond best to a steroid cream ( ask your doctor to prescribe for you) applied 2-3 times per day.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
High but not low?: You could have a first episode of mania and have depressive episodes later or you could already have a history of bipolar and have another manic episo... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Anxiety speeds heart: Palpitations (pounding heart) and tachycardia (fast heart rate) are indeed very common with anxiety especially with panic attacks which can be very sc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
AD withdrawal: Stopping any antidepressant abruptly can cause anxiety, jitteriness, irritability, insomnia, etc. And can start as early as 1 day after stopping the m... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Anorexia: Encourage them to seek an evaluation by a qualified mental health practitioner such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.Be aware, they will probably ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Fear in car: Slow down, move to the right or outside lane but don't pull off the highway if possible. Try to control and slow your breathing, try distraction such ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Refuses meds: Tough problem! this is the number 1 problem with bipolars. Use medication dispensers, count pills, ensure follow-up visits with her psychiatrist. Rewa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Pain in chest: If uncomplicated after exam by a physician, you should rest, take pain meds if needed, apply ice to the site and be sure to breathe as deeply as possi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Main nerves: Ther are 2 main systems, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Body Pain: Ask your doctor about cymbalta, savella (milnacipran) or lyrica. All three medications have been shown to help fibromyalgia.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Motion Sickness: Sea sickness or motion sickness is usually treated with anticholinergic or antihistaminic drugs such as antivert, (meclizine) bonine, dramamine or sco... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Crackling neck: This is common and may be normal response to moving the neck and forcing air to make a noise much like popping your knuckles or it can be a sign of de... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Hytrin (terazosin) use: Hytrin (terazosin) is fda approved for treatment of high blood pressure and enlarged prostate (bph).
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Can't swallow: You should consult a GI doctor who can take a history, examine you and perhaps do some tests like a barium swallow, endoscopy, etc. There are many cau... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Roller coaster: Recurrent episodes of highs and lows or mania and depression.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Both have Imitrex (sumatriptan): Imitrex (sumatriptan) is a triptan used to treat migraines and treximet also has imitex but also contains the non-steroidal drug naproxen.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Pain in the chest: Usually after a blow to the chest and accompanied by pain at the site of injury, pain on breathing, and pain when you push on the breastbone. A chest ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Stomach virus: There is no stomach virus per se but the most common one involved is the rotavirus and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea which typically lasts u... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Too much water: This can cause water intoxication, severe changes in electolytes especially sodium and lead to edema, seizures, brain damage and death.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Up or down?: Bipolar has to have at least one documented episode of mania. If you are depressed and have a history of mania, you are bipolar. If you have only had ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Fear vs sympathy: Anxiety is a state of fear and concern that has psychological and physical symptoms such as dread, fear, increased heart rate, uneasiness, etc. Couvad... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
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