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Dr. Michael Rockwell

Psychiatry
Phoenix, AZ
34 years experience male

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Psychiatry

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes, but...: The prevalence of MI women to men is ~ 1:1 until puberty then it becomes 2:1 until post-menopause when it becomes 1:1 again. It is not clear though i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
It's possible: One could get serotonin syndrome after only one dose of an ssri. Rare but possible.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
It's possible: Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is 'time released' but at times it too causes a 'crash' feeling when it wears off - or so my patients tell me. A sort of di... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
combination: A certain type/frequency of work outs, combined with changes in nutrition (based on what you are currently doing or not doing!) is more likely to gain... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
yes: I guess that's simple enough; changes in rx can nearly always make you feel 'out of whack' for doing so; hopefully only temporary.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: As in: lots of diseases can happen and you don't know it. Sometimes people feel 'they have something' or at least some traits, symptoms but not know ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes, but....: In my experience 'yes'; in europe it is prescribed for such. However here in the states is it not monitored/it's a supplement. So it is difficult to g... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
No: Without some 'incentive' viz. Resistance type exercise the muscles will not grow and the extra protein will be converted as calories into fat.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
counseling: Talk therapy can be just as efficacious in treating depression and anxiety as taking a prescription; which avoids pills with their side effects.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
No: Were it that simple! 'healthy forever' involves avoiding nasty things like drugs, excessive stress, exposure to toxins etc. Wearing a seatbelt is ano... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
What it says: Vitamin toxicity means just that: too much of some vitamins can cause sickness. Some vitamins are relatively harmless in large quantities (albeit a wa... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Good question: The research (vs. The hype and the internet rumors) are a muddled mess right now. So far as i can tell: there is no current good evidence sweeteners ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: Purging is probably causing some blood vessel tearing. Seek help to stop purging
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones woul... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
find the etiology: Poor focus could be coming from all sorts of things, from depression to add to malnutrition or stress etc. Consult a physician to rule out these etio... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Slowly: A sign you are actually losing fat weight is 1-2 pounds per week tops. More is a sign you are merely losing water and/or lean muscle mass - probably n... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
It's the amount : There is no ideal form, or one specific vitamin. Vitamins like to work with others, so taking more of 'just one' isn't as good as taking a mutilple vi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
No clear answer: This is such a complex question depending on the person's needs/drug history/use etc. Have someone with experience at treating substance abuse do a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Too subjective to do: People's reports of 'withdrawal' vs. Objective measurements (vital signs) - what a mess. Heroin withdrawal is very painful/achy and people hate it- ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
What you will do: Walking is still a good exercise in itself. Lots of benefits to do 30 minutes at day - doesn't sound like much but it is way better than no exercise. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Leafy greens: Folic acid is coming from 'foliage' so think greens, lettuces, etc.
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
12 hours before AM: Most of my patients tell me they take their xr seroquel (quetiapine) ~ 12 hours before they want to wake up. Then they move it later into the evening... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Sorry: Alas, there is nothing that fits this criteria; don't we all wish for something like this! my advice is to stop looking for this ideal nonexistent ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
A nonspecific thing: Psychosis nos (not otherwise specified) tells you/others there are psychotic symptoms present but 'why' they are there is not specifically known yet. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
You can't: Bottom line : eat less calories than you burn and you will lose weight - but the quality of what you eat will determine true health -and in my opinio... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: I remember consumer reports actually doing this a few years ago. I think there even was a 'best buy' as well.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
not that simple: Cutting out saturated fat is the most important type of fat to eliminate. Eliminating 'high cholesterol' foods is not as important. Better diet/exerc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Weight gain: Being active/taking a walk after a meal speeds up metabolism which helps burn more calories so it is a means to watch your weight. Sleeping after a m... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: Best bet is to do desensitization therapy with a good cognitive behavioral therapist who has experience at treating anxiety disorders.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Very common, alas: Transient diarrhea happens after one starts medications of this class. Most times the GI upset dissipates; if it doesn't, the rx trial may be a 'bust'... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
No: There is very little evidence b vitamins boost metabolism. B12 shouldn't be taken in excess unless your B12 level is low (discovered by blood levels).... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Not really: I know of no good studies showing 'natural remedies' treat bipolar depression. There is a lot of talk about omega three fats, but these seem to be hel... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Effexor (venlafaxine) withdrawal: Alas, Effexor (venlafaxine) sometimes throws a bit of a 'bon voyage' with dizziness lingering for sometimes weeks after you stop the stuff. In time it... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
At least something! : Please, 'eat something' is better than nothing. I recommend a protein source and some complex carbhohydrates. Oatmeal provides the later, with fiber ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: The use of Seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep is strictly 'off-label'. This is a side effect many like to use to their benefit for insomnia. This side e... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
It's labels: Using the old criteria, most people with eating disorder ailments did not fit nicely into disorders as defined by DSM-IV. By default most people with... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
H - Hyperactivity: They are ~ same/treatments are the same. "ADD" means to me a patient is more quiet/distracted but ADHD means they are restless/fidgety/'squirrely' It... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: Too many vitamins can be toxic; excessive vitamins are something to avoid in my opinion.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Dehydration: Mostly hangovers are from dehydration. Try to drink some water in between servings next time.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Most likely: The human body was designed to eat small meals throughout the day. There is some data to suggest eating all in one meal is hard on the system viz. Su... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: Most side effects 'happen early' and go away in time; if it doesn't go away then tell your md about this for ? Change in medication or consider an inf... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Usually bad stuff: In general, when taking paxil, (paroxetine) the 'good stuff' takes some time to develop. The initai matters are usually side effects - hopefully minor... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Probably not: Self injury is like a lot of symptoms/behaviors: it needs to be evaluated for the severity/etiology etc. What a counselor would next do about them dep... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Indirectly , yes: Good nutrition and balanced vitamin intake all lead to better health in general, which includes libido.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Simple: First, you want to create a calorie deficit viz. Less calories in than calories consumed. This may take a calculation. In general 1/2 plate should h... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
yes it can: Steroids often cause mood changes, from depression to euphoria it is called 'steroid induced moods'.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Same I always say: I have always been an advocate vitamins are not necessary if you eat properly. Most don't, so a basic multivitamin is a 'supplement' not a substitute ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rockwell
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Probably not: A person's nutritional needs varies so depending on your age/weight and goals (are you trying to gain/lose weight?) also 'what type of carbs' is as i... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rockwell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rockwell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! its hard to get to a DR. but, thanks for the advice. i will be following up asap
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Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :) does a good information to persuade my friend to keep taking medicine
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for the insight, Dr. Rockwell!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

WSU
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, Arizona - Summer
2013
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