Dr. Barbara Srur

Psychiatry
Sarasota, FL
44 years experience female

Locations

Office

Sarasota, FL

Address

1991 Hyde Park Street, Sarasota, FL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(941) 754-8631

About

Bio

I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has worked in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL, for over 30 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I believe in an integrative approach, evaluating the whole person, not just their acute symptoms. I use medications, when indicated, in the lowest effective doses and also address healthy life-style habits. My collaborate with therapists and alternative practitioners has the goal of helping patients to return to their highest level of functioning, and whenever possible, medication free. I was born in Budapest, Hungary and came to the U.S. as a child. My international exposure includes medical school in Nice, France after a 2 year Peace Corps service as a high school chemistry teacher in Malaysia. My travels around the world have give

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

Integrative Medicine

Pharmacology

Licenses

United States: Florida

Languages spoken

English, Hungarian

Doctor Q&A

95 Answers
276 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
It depends: There is no antidepressant that works for everyone. I choose the antidepressant after getting a thorough history of symptoms. A person who sleeps e... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
2 possibilities: Bulemia or obsessive compulsive overeating disorder.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Effect on the brain: There are 3 main neurotransmitters in the brain. Celexa mainly affects the serotonin circuits. Wellbutrin (bupropion) affects the norepinephrine and... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No simple answer: Each episode of depression, especially if not treated to remission, increases the chance of getting another. Through therapy, one can get coping skil... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Caused by alcohol?: If this person had blackouts, i assume from heavy alcohol use, he/she can also have a alcohol withdrawal seizure. After any seizure there can be a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not advised.: Marinol is not indicated for mental health problems. The main reasons it is used is for aids or cancer related loss of appetite. It is also used to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Google hypochondrias: It is possible that there is some other underlying psychological issue causing you to believe that there is something physically wrong with you. If ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No: You may actually sleep worse which could worsen depression. There are specific lights sold that address seasonal affective disorder (sad) that can be... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No : After looking on epocrates, no interactions are noted between Tums and celexa (citalopram). For complete safety, always check with the pharmacist whe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Ask OB/GYN: It depends how close you are to term. Do you have a high risk pregnancy? Do you want to take the risk of delivering on an airplane?
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not recommended: You are already on a number of sedating medications including Klonopin (3mg?) which is a very similar drug to xanax (alprazolam)
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Be patient: There are hormonal changes as you are getting closer to and after delivering your baby. Explain to your partner that this is a normal course of events... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Different mechanisms: Viibrid is the newest member of a class of drugs affecting mainly the serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. It is less likely to cause weight gai... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Possible OCP or OCD?: Habits are behaviors that we do automatically without thinking. They can change only when the person realizes that it is a problem and is willing to ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Anxiety > HTN: The blood pressure mentioned is borderline hypertension. Have you taken your blood pressure when you were not anxious? I would first recommend cbt (... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
1/2 life is 3 days: The dose that you write for Clonazepam is unclear . A typical starting dose is 0.5mg (4 times the dose you write). The higher the dose and the long... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Get help.: The binging is a symptom not the problem. You need to reach out for professional help to uncover the reason for your behavior. It is very important ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Depends on the dose: Benzodiazepines differ from each other in their half lifes, which is the time it takes for the body to eliminate half of the medication. Short actin... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Work with MD: There is an increased risk for higher blood pressure, rapid heart rate and very rarely seizures. These are dose related. You did not mention the dos... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Carbs = sugar: When broken down carbohydrates become sugar. Your body is addicted to sugar. Like other addictions, which give temporary satisfaction, you need to de... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Possibly: The maximum recommended dose per day is 60mg.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No: More likely, you are not drinking adequate fluids. The best drink is water, 6-8 8ounce glasses per day.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Ask for assistance: Let your MD know, honestly, what you are thinking and feeling. Ask for their assistance. Perhaps writing things down before the appointment will hel... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Anorexia Nervosa: You may have anorexia nervosa, binge-eating/purging type. In any case, your weight and consequently your BMI (body mass index) are severely out of ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Communicate: Perhaps you can write something that someone at the memorial could read on your behalf. It may be best, among other things you may want to say, to in... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Same time is best: Although nothing harmful will happen if Lamictal and Zoloft (sertraline) are not taken exactly at the same time each day, it is best to have a regular... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No interaction: You are safe to take them together.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No: To get off the medication, it should be tapered over several days due to its short half life. It may take about two weeks.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Reduces cravings : It is used to reduce cravings for alcohol after the acute detox is over.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Many possibilities..: Are you on any medications that may cause this? Do you have religious or moral beliefs that would be inhibiting? Are you a victim of past sexual mol... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Neuropsychologist: There are specially trained pediatric neuropsychologists who are phd level psychologists who are trained to diagnose specific learning disabilities in... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not related: The two issues are unrelated.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Get therapy: Your body is like a vehicle; it gets you around. You would never overfill your car or give it diesel when it needs regular fuel. If you are using fo... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not by itself: When a person takes in inadequate calories, and there is significant weight loss, the body protects itself by going into starvation mode. The thyroid... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Low self esteem: It is always someone who feels insecure inside who pick on someone else.
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A member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No: If your daughter is binging and purging she has an eating disorder. It is best that you get professional help for her. The purging is just a symptom... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
? thyroid problem: A slowly functioning thyroid, the endocrine gland responsible for your metabolic rate, can cause symptoms of depression as well as hair loss. See you... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Be more specific: Florida is a big state. There are my qualified MD's. Call a hospital in the area that you plan to move and ask if they have a Psychiatry Unit. The ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Follow MD's advise: Your doctor is probably trying to find out what is the problem. Neuropsychological testing can help clarify what direction is needed for future treat... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Yes: A blood test or urine drug screen are both ok to do even while you are menstruating.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not a 1st choice: Paxil (paroxetine) (paroxetene) is in the family of medications called ssris. I do not use it as my first choice in that class due to its side effect... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
No: A starting dose of melatonin is 3 mg. I tell my patients that they may slowly increase the dose, as needed, to a maximum of 9mg. The lowest effectiv... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Therapy & meds: Medications can only treat symptoms and are not curative in ptsd. The most effective treatment is with an experienced therapist who specializes in th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Goals not feelings: Your body is the vehicle that gets you around in this life. Would you ever give junk gasoline to your car? The mind may want instant gratification d... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
It depends...: Alcohol is a neurotoxin (poison for the nerves). After chronic use it can affect the small nerves first causing neuropathy in the hands and feet and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Possibly: Lexapro (escitalopram) affects serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that modulates mood as well as anxiety. Lowering the dose of Lexapro (escit... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Not enough info: What medicines are you taking to treat the migraines? Some of them could be sedating. Also, consider a more extensive evaluation that would include ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
ADHD: All forms of methyphenidates (and other stimulants) work paradoxically for someone who has an attention deficit. It helps to calm and focus a busy m... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) otc: 25 mg of zoloft is a low dose and you have not been on it for a long time. You can stop it now. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ( over the counter, also ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Unlikely: It is probably related to your diet. Consider eating less processed food and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. When eating cheese and... Read More
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Jul 5, 2013
Dr. Srur provides direct, thoughtful, yet easy to understand answers to a wide variety of questions on HealthTap. Her patients in Florida are lucky to have her too!
One of the greatest all-around Drs in my network !
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Srur is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! SI have similar situation but want off meds not more. Good to know I'm not alone in the doctor prescription over done drugs category
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you, I do insanity in the morning, I was referring to the shake
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Your tip was very helpful! Thanks :) I just brought some B-12 ..thank you at least I know I'm on rite track

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UER de Medicine, Nice, France
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

Montifiore Medical Center, Bronx State Hospital,

Residency

North Shore Hospital Cornell Medical School

Awards

Outstanding Community Faculty Educator, 2010, Florida State University Medical School, Sarasota
Top Doctor, Third Place, Sarasota, FL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Sarasota, FL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota
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