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Dr. Barbara Srur

Psychiatry
Sarasota, FL
43 years experience female

Locations

Office

Sarasota, FL

Address

1991 Hyde Park Street, Sarasota, FL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 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
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

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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No.: Separating human beings from other animals is our ability to talk, laugh, cry and pass on knowledge to generations after us.Most people learn from an ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Separate if possible: Be aware that both medications can cause .Drowsiness and that the effects are additive.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Weigh risk/ benefit: It is difficult to answer this without knowing why/ when she was given klonopin (clonazepam). In general, benzodiazepines are best not used in the el... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Complicated answer: Most commonly, symptoms don't manifest until late teens or early twenties. Children who are diagnosed as bipolar can be very energetic, have less nee... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Low dose propranolol: Ask your doctor if he could prescribe low dose Inderal (propranolol) 10-20mg to be taken an hour or so before your exams only to help you with perform... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Do U mean stimulants: There are several types of medications used to treat adhd. I assume that you are asking about stimulants. When given to someone who has adhd/add, ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: Unless you had unprotected sex, you are unlikely to have contracted hiv. Your level of anxiety, which you report you had previously, is now focused o... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
10mg. is maximum: Difficulty with sleep can have many causes. It is important to find out why you can not sleep. A sleep study can differentiate between the many pos... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Taper Paxil (paroxetine): Normally, I tapper the old medicine at the same time as I start a lower dose of the new medicine. What you may be feeling is the sudden discontinuat... Read More
A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes: 10 mg of Elavil (amitriptyline) is a very low dose. That could be a starting dose at your age. However, I do not recommend that you make changes in ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Irritability ?: When a person is depressed one of the symptoms is an increase in irritability which you may experience as "anger". Assuming this is a new symptom; ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Daytrana Patch: A transdermal system would avoid the G.I.Tract . With the patch there is also more control as to the duration of the stimulant. It should be remove... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Get him evaluated: There is nothing that you can do except encourage him to go to a mental health clinic for an evaluation and possibly medication.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
should nots : Without judgement whether abortion is right or wrong; your feelings of sadness come from the thoughts that you have about it. I assume, when you wer... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
To some degree: Wellbutrin, (bupropion) in most cases, either decreases appetite or has no effect on it. The most important way to avoid weight gain is a healthy bal... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
It controls the body: Basically, it is the system which controls most functions of the body. It is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Messages from the centra... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Relapse is likely: Because once your depression improves, it takes time for your brain's neurotransmitters to readjust. It is a common mistake to discontinue anti depre... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Need more details: What you describe could be many things and may be normal. A few other questions would need to be answered: is it new symptom? Is it interfering with... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: These symptoms may indicate that it is the wrong medicine for you. Please call the prescribing md and stop the medication until you get direction fr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Therapy: The therapy needs to be with a professional who has extensive experience with the treatment of eating disorders. It may also involve the collaboratio... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Healthy habits : Pay attention to minimize empty calories such as found in soda, fruit juice, and alcohol. Also avoid fried foods. Increase your intake of water, ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Unlikely, however...: Repeated purging, which brings the acidic content of your stomach into your mouth. It will not only hurt your esophagus but will progressively eat a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Are you depressed?: Anhedonia, or the lack of enjoyment of the activities that in the past were enjoyable, may be part of depression. It is difficult to answer this ques... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
GA: Join gamblers anonymous and get a sponsor. Be careful not to change one addiction to another.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Therapy, ? meds: If you are clinically depressed, which is a medical issue, your first concern should not be your parent's reaction but instead reaching out for help. ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Use your brain....: You can never get rid of a thought by resisting it. For example, if i tell you "you can think of whatever you want, but not an elephant" most people ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Treat BP first: Untreated bipolar disorder, depending on the mood phase that you are in can lead to excess in both activity (if manic) as well as negative preoccupat... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Avoid: It is always best to not mix these types of medications with alcohol since the effect of both of these substances would be magnified. If you read the... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Withdrawal : Possibly the cause of your 'seizure" was the sudden withdrawal of the pheno barbital. I recommend consulting a neurologist who can get a detailed hist... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Work with your MD: Celexa and Luvox are in the same group of medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors = ssri). It does not make sense to be on 2 medications... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Slow taper: It is unclear from your question what dose of Klonopin (clonazepam) you were taking and how fast you discontinued the medicine. Done too quickly, it ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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?
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
2 possibilities: Bulemia or obsessive compulsive overeating disorder.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No interaction: You are safe to take them together.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: More likely, you are not drinking adequate fluids. The best drink is water, 6-8 8ounce glasses per day.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 43 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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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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