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Dr. Matthew Davis

Child Psychiatry
South Pasadena, CA
20 years experience male

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South Pasadena, CA

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719 Fremont Avenue, null, South Pasadena, CA
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South Pasadena, CA

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Child Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Doctor Q&A

27 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Change formulation: There are longer-acting (slow-release) formulations available. Examples are Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr and Concerta which are designed to last th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
A psych eval...: Is your best bet, and should be where you start at any rate - esp. If symptoms warrant treatment. Surprisingly, "type" of adhd has little implication ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Stimulation: Noradrenaline is the brain's stimulant and much more powerful than adrenaline in keeping the brain engaged and sharp. Imagine that your brain can't ma... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
That's the problem: ...They are unconscious behaviors that are not made aware to our consciousness. If we were concious of our sleepwalking, it would just be "walking." s... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): Two part answer: (1) vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a compounded molecule of a normal Amino Acid and amphetamine. This property allows for its longer a... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Make changes...: Chose your stimulant. Don't combine stimulants. Longer acting agents tend to provide better coverage without sudden crashes. Given your need for such ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Not generally...: ...But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously. It can cause significant disruption in restful sleep. If you are taking other medications, t... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
A mental coup d'etat: Phantasms are the "undead" tyrants of our inner-space that consume our time and energies - the building blocks of the mind. Excluding sci-fi methods o... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Not often: They tend to do the opposite: restrict excessive range of emotions. Hence, they are often used to stabilize moods and inhibit aggression.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Safe? No. Risky? Yes: Your physician is prescribing a stimulant whose effects are generally predictable and that has undergone numerous studies required by the fda to ensur... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Probably: But another solution would be to talk with your psychiatrist about switching to a slow-release, once-daily stimulant like vyvanse, Adderall xr, concer... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Akathisia: ...Is a common, yet frequently unrecognized, side-effect of many medications. It could also be a feature of hyperactivity symptoms in adhd. To maintai... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Briefly: Adderall is stimulant for adhd - a lifelong condition, often diagnosed in childhood. Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytics - best used ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Klonopin (clonazepam) may: Medications like Klonopin (clonazepam) depress brain function to some degree and may result in depression symptoms. They may be helpful for short-term... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Most Definitely: Appropriate use of stimulants help with wakefulness only as they are complemented by restful sleep. Stacking stimulants does not exempt your tired bra... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
They often do.: Psychiatric diagnosis describe disordered behaviors of acting, thinking, and feeling rather than specific anatomic or cellular defects. They are felt ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Not really at all...: While some of the ssris (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may not be all that specific and work via norepinephrine as well, escitalopram (lexa... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
For humans...: 4 years of college for a bachelors, which may include the required pre-medical courses. 4 years of medical school. 4 years of general psychiatric resi... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes, but...: Recommending a specific agent among the ssris or another group for you without an evaluation would be akin to recommending specific engine repairs wit... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes: That is a common side effect of many breathing treatments. They go away as the medications clear from your body. Generally, they are of no cause for c... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Safer than...: If you were underweight, but losing weight fast due to distress in any way is unhealthy; it is an example of the increased metabolic toll depression a... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Side Effects?: You said you were diagnosed with generalized anxiety but did not specify if you were treated with medication. Since the panic attacks are gone, i'll v... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Good Question: Generally speaking, most otcs are ok to take with Concerta and celexa, (citalopram) and certainly you should not stop either of the two to take the ot... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Stimulant: Ritalin is a name brand of methylphenidate, a stimulant medication often used to treat adhd. It helps the brain keep certain neurotransmitters availab... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
No: This is generally an immediate side-effect than can be minimized by taking it after a good breakfast and fitting it to match your needs.
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Possibly: For most people, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and similar agents (used appropriately) will not cause any cognitive impairment. However, aging often lead... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Davis
Child Psychiatry 20 years experience
Smoother Effect: Short-acting stimulants have a rapid on/off effect. At their peaks they can be too powerful and are prone to wearing off before you remember to take t... Read More

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Testimonials
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Davis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Davis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, that's very helpful, there's so much varying information on the Internet!!!! Ill give it a try!
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I'm already off the adderall just didn't know if provigil would give me cravings
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You have no idea how much I appreciate your answer. TY endlessly!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, Lubbock, TX

Residency

PHOENIX BAPTIST HOSPITAL, Phoenix, AZ

Awards

Top Child Psychiatrist , First Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Child Psychiatrist, Second Place, the Los Angeles Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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