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Dr. Robert Olsen

Psychiatry
Normandy Park, WA
52 years experience male

Locations

Robert B Olsen MD Inc PS

Seattle, WA

Address

901 Boren Avenue, Suite 615, Seattle, WA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(206) 622-2008

Insurances accepted

AvMed Health Plan

About

Bio

I am a local boy, born , raised, and educated in the Pacific Northwest. I value our clean air and water, and I value and respect our cultural diversity. I attended the Univerity of Washington School of Medicine; then spent seven years at USC for post graduate training in internal medicine and psychiatry. My wife and I returned to Seattle with our y0ung daughter and a pocket full of sheepskins. I started practice in 1978 and have been busy and productive ever since. Within a few years I was asked to create the Department of Psychiatry at Providence Hospital, and I served two terms as Chairman of that Department. During that same time my wife blessed me with our son. We learned how to sail local waters, I learned how to navigate medical politics. I built the Psychiatry Department from ten physicians to 22 who regularly admitted patients and grew the service from 28 beds to 44. I learned how to play soccer to help coach my son's team; I taught my daughter the basics of navigation. I learned to cook so my wife could return to school for an advanced degree in psychology. My peers taught me the importance of leadership and twice elected me President of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and later as a Trustee to the Washington State Medical Association. I believe that I practice medicine in the spirit of Hippocrates and William Osler. I spend time with the patients. I take my own history and do my own examinations. I have watched and railed against the development of the "efficient" 8-10 minute "team-based" office encounter which is dangerous to patients' health and to physicians freedoms. I have watched patients and friends be harmed by this change in attitude and values. At sea, I keep my hand on the wheel, my cheek to the wind, my eye scans the horizon, and I keep my family safe. In practice I keep mind on the patient, my ears on his history, my eyes on his person, keeping us both safe from harm.

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

ADHD and Autism

Geriatric Psychiatry

Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

144 Answers
16 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Several options: That general area is home to ovarian cysts, diverticula, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis. Demoid cyst development. If you have a fever, an infectio... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Less than 24 hours: The rate of drug excretion is called the half life; it is the time that it takes for half of the medication to be excreted from the body. Buprenorphi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Up to 6 weeks & more: A problem with antidepressants: there is no sure-fire way to pick one that will work for sure; and no sure fire way to get the correct dosage right of... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
U need some help: You describe a not uncommon problem that can have one or more roots. It is a psychological problem that can be improved, once the source is determine... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Not at all: The homozygous mthfr mutation limits your cells' ability to activate the dietary Folic Acid and the Folic Acid in the multivit. The l-methylfolate is... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Cognitive exercise: Depression can cause sleep disturbance, and some of the antidepressants can interfere with sleep initiation or maintenance. Calming you mind before... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Used Correctly, none: There is no evidence that current psychiatric medications cause brain damage when used appropriately. Used in excessive dosage or in wrong combinatio... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Absolutely not!: Something is seriously wrong. Take your child to the er right now> he/she has menningitis or encephalitis until proven otherwise. There is no time ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Vitamin deficiency?: Vitamin B12 deficiency. If so, there should be other symptoms such as decreased touch and vibration sensation in the feet and decreased reflexes. V... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Something is wrong!: At age 39 you should not have osteoporosis. You could have thyroid or parathyroid disease. Medications for osteoporosis are not without risks. T... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Maybe: If you are pulling out hair, yes. Otherwise there are several neurologic disorders that can cause constant restlessness. A neurologist can help you... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes, but hold on.: Panic attacks are just that, attacks without provocation. They are distressing, but not dangerous 99.99% of the time. If you are generally anxious ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
It's all physiology: Bacteria and viruses that cause human illnesses have specific requirements; oxygen, sugar, protein, and a limited temperature range for life and rep... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Apnea or panic: Possibly withdrawal panic attacks; but more likely and worrisome concern is central sleep apnea - brain not registering low oxygen - forgets... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
5-8 days: The elimination half life of clonazepam is dose dependent and ranges from 24 - 40 hours. A single 2 mg pill will have a longer total elimi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Probably OK: If you did take that amount and if you are not feeling badly--nausea, shaky, toxic, you will probably be OK. BUT if you begin feeling i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
No.: The problems of excessive daytime somnolence eds is usually due to inadequate or ineffective sleep. You need to see a sleep specialist ify our doctor... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Maybe: Sudden sadness by itself is not bipolarism, or even depression, just like a cough is not necessarily pneumonia. There are several reasons for sudden s... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Unlikely: Profound sleep deprivation can lead to psychosis with hallucinations, but would require several days without any sleep. However, if you have an under... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes: Elavil (amitriptyline) blocks the chemicals that produce gastric emptying, acetylcholine. The dose is less important than the susceptibility of the ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Atenolol: 1st choice: With complex metabolic profiles of your psych meds, atenolol presents lesser risk of drug interactions. The interaction of carbamazepine an... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
It's a side effect: Haloperidol can cause a range of well known muscular-coordination problems. . There are additional medications that may reduce these effects and may ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Tissue injury: Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, b... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes.: There are a few medications that may help people lose weight by reducing their absorption of calories, e.g., orlistat; or suppressing appetite;, e.g. ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Hours to a day: If the symptoms that you describe have been present for more than 24 hours, you need an antidote to those side effects. These are known side effects ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Sort of: There are several meds that can help migraine, but none with the same appetite suppressant effects. But the good news is that the line/dose between ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes.: Lexapro (escitalopram) in the male can have deleterious effects on sperm, including reduced motility, a factor if you are trying to get pregnant. I ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Ask your doctor: While you do not say why you are taking these medications, they are medications that in this combination would not be prescribed without significant s... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
No.: Adolescent males will occasionally develop firm, sometimes tender lumps in the breast. Usually these are benign. But there is a genetic predispositi... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Almost, but why?: The dosage for mirtazepine may include and , rarely, exceed 90 mg. Dosage must reflect how your body metabolizes the drug. The important question... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
No. but trouble: You have migratory polyarthritis, of which rhematoid arthritis is one of the major players. Ou should cojsult with a rheumatologist, a specialist in ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Several possibilitie: Sounds like you're worried about infection.. Possible, especially if you have fever. Swollen red spots it tissue in back of throat could be infection... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Could be a problem: The risk is for cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) or abnormal electrical patterns in the brain. If possible, check your pulse several time... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Uncertain: There are not enough studies upon which to base a concise response to our question. In various studies, the drop-out rate for all side e... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes, but some cost: AS you didn't state dosages, be sure you're taking maximum dosages-check with pharmacist re this. If still a problem, consider asking your physician... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Some likely causes: Trouble staying awake daytime is a result of poor sleep-not enough sleep or disturbed sleep. If more than 6 hours/night and if you are restl... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Patience please: The SSRIs like escitalopram need an effective dosage and then time to begin to have the desired effect.AT 20 mg ou are approaching a dosage... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes, usually: An incidental finding is one that is not expected based on clinical history and examination findings; i.e., there was no evidence for infection ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Thyroid problem: Thyroid peroxidase antibodies are found in autoimmune thyroiditis. It can be acute and fulminant, or quiet and indolent. Either way it can c... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Yes!: Effexor (venlafaxine) is as effective in several forms of anxiety. The FDA recommends dosages similar to those for depression , but for both... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Self protection: Good job! there are muscles that pull the testicles up tight to the pelvic floor under stress--yours are very strong and protect your penis, to... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Best guess is fungus: Skin fungus infections such as "ringworm" present as you describe. Consider obtaining an OTC fungicide--ask your pharmacist--and treating ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
It shouldn't pulse: A pulse in that area means there could an artery out of place, a weakened swollen artery, or that you have a firm mass transmitting the aortic o... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Not much: If this is a life-long pattern, then you may have an abnormality of the inside of your knee such as a mis-shapen or torn meniscus or a small bon... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Every day: The time it of day for sertraline doesn't matter unless it causes sleepiness (take at night) or restlessnes (take in daytime. If you take other medic... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Slowly or quickly!: Opiates reduce the drive to breathe. During sleep such reductions cause low o2 in our blood and high co2. Over years this can lead to irreversible... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Encourage&support : Depression is one of the most common diseases and, one of the five most painful diseases of humankind, and one of the hardest to successfully treat, ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Several choices: Thee are several very good medications for many of the symptoms of schizophrenia. The choices are made by comparing the reported good effects, and ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Too vigorous: The skin on the inside of the ear canal is excruciatingly thin and vulnerable. You should use nothing other than a wet washcloth and your index finge... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Likely but maybe not: Neurologically, it wouldn't happen. A rare form of thoracic outlet syndrome could cause the hand symptoms. This can be tested for in the office by y... Read More

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Dr. Olsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Olsen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I was sedentary and somewhat overweight from the stress and also taking care of the baby everyday. But, no family history of heart disease or sudden death. You are right...Read More
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Ty the legs r numb from the knees Dn and from wrest to finger tip.back is get bad pain across lower back walk 25' and have to set Dn
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Thank you. I finally fell asleep without pills aid. If today the symptoms flare up I am calling the Dr. again... Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1971MD

Residency

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

Residency

Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

Awards

Best Doctors in America 2001-2012, Best Doctors in America
America's Top Psychiatrists 201-2002, 2006-2007
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association
Washington State Psychiatric Association
American Medical Association
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