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Dr. AUSTINA CHO

Psychiatry
Lakewood, CA
26 years experience female

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Blue Shield of California

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Health Net Of California

Community Psychiatry

Lakewood, CA

About

Bio

I have experience in clinical work in community mental health and urgent care settings and am currently working in a private practice group in Lakewood, CA. I am involved or have been involved in clinical trials involving studies of treatments for major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, pediatric migraine headaches and pediatric Tourette's Disorder. I am also supervising nurse practitioners in various settings.

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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

689 Answers
1.4K Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes, they can. : It is possible not to feel sleepy or fall asleep with sedative medications. Sometimes sleeplessness is so profound and doesn't respond to those meds. ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) along with other stimulants can cause or worsen tremors and tics, especially in those with tourette's disorder or tic spectr... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Noone knows for sure: Freud suggested that dreams are representations of unconscious motivations and thoughts. No one knows for sure why we dream but several theories sugge... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It depends.: Ritalin or methylphenidate is a stimulant like cocaine. If taken improperly, it may have injurious effects to the brain. If taken as prescribed, then ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
May raise pressure: Xanax (alprazolam) can cause intraocular pressure in the eyes to go up. Even though it is generally a muscle relaxant, it may cause muscle spasms in t... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See your doctor: You should get a medical evaluation including a pregnancy test as soon as you can.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I think u will be OK: Sleep deprivation can up regulate some genes and down regulate others. Poor sleep can cause cognitive impairment, high blood pressure and increase the... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It should be O.K.: You should be O.K. With taking both meds together for one week, unless you are sensitive to higher doses of meds. Usually, people who are slow metabol... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See a doctor: Your diastolic BP is on the low end; however, you should get checked out to make sure you are being treated effectively for your anemia if you haven't... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You won't know. : I believe you mean you are concerned if your baby is born with hermaphroditism. The results of an amniocentesis would show the karyotype and sex of a ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Seek help if needed: People can have imaginary friends in childhood which may be a normal part of development. Once an imaginary friend becomes the sole source of social ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It is lowers anxiety: Xanax (alprazolam) makes you feel calmer and relieves the symptoms of anxiety in panic attacks. However, these effects are short-lived, and you may de... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Talk to your OB-GYN: Sometimes iud's can get dislodged from their original location. It would be best to see your ob-gyn doctor to get evaluated.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Infection, adhesions: She should see her surgeon as soon as possible. She may have an infection, adhesions or wound that didn't close properly.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Go to an ER: You should get immediate medical attention to rule out bleeding or swelling in your brain. Sports related injuries in account for 21% of all traumatic... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes, but be cautious: Diurex is caffeine and magnesium salicylate. As such it will have the stimulating properties of caffeine including nervousness, tachycardia, insomnia ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Anxiety, stress: Sometimes anxiety or may cause tightness in the abdominal muscles or it may cause spasms in the GI tract. Stress may cause increased acid production w... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See below: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder. People w/ this illness have trouble forming ; organizing thoughts. False beliefs, hallucinations ; impaired perce... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Maybe.: They are healthy if the ingredients are fresh and the chicken is well-cooked to an internal temp of 160-170 degrees f. Also if there is not a lot of ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Speak with your doc: You should discuss your concerns and fears w/ your doctor. You should ask him or her about the risks, side effects and benefits of treatment. You can ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Need slower taper.: You may need a more prolonged titration regimen with slower tapering schedule off of the med. See your doctor to discuss your symptoms. You may need t... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: You could have anxiety if your sleep is disturbed when you think about an important or stressful event the next day. Try deep breathing, stretching an... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See your doctor: You should discuss your side effects with the doctor who ordered the procedure and the radiologist. They may have suggestions for you to reduce the sy... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Neuropsych testing: Does the vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) help him focus, comprehend ; complete his assignments? Does he really have adhd or other learning disabilities? Is... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See your doctor.: Swelling could be caused by many things such as an allergic reaction, heart disease, lung disease or kidney problems. Electrolyte disturbances or wate... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes, for many reason: You could lose consciousness if you suffer from a head trauma, low blood sugar, low sodium level, seizures or other medical conditions. You could also... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See a psychologist.: Encourage him to see a psychologist or other trained mental health professional for an evaluation. Therapy includes speech therapy, reduction of fears... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Involuntary twitches: Hypnagogic jerks are abrupt movements or muscle jerks when you are about to fall asleep. Occasional jerks are common and not serious. When you are abo... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Always a chance: You can always get pregnant whenever you have sex no matter what day of your cycle you are in. If you are using condoms, make sure that there are no t... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Meds + therapy: You should see a dr. For an evaluation. Ssri meds such as zoloft, Paxil (paroxetine) ; Celexa starting at low doses on a daily basis along w/ a tempor... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It can be.: Eating a salad from mcdonald's is a fairly healthy choice, as long as you don't choose a salad dressing that is high in fat such as thousand island, r... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See a doctor: You may have symptoms of bulimia. Do you have binging episodes as well? You should see a psychiatrist if a thorough medical workup has revealed no oth... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It could.: Psychoanalytic therapy looks at how unconscious processes affect your thoughts and behaviors. Some of the unconscious reasons why people may binge eat... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It's possible.: It is possible that you could develop a mental illness from being exposed to abuse, witnessing it in forms such as domestic violence, etc. If you are ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Cheerful clothes: You may consider dressing cheerfully but professionally. Many kids will see you and their impressions of their visit will be based partially on your ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Probably not.: They can both cause drowsiness and psychomotor impairment, so if you have nausea or allergies, then just take the phenergan, (promethazine) b/c it wil... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Use w/ caution.: Clomipramine may cause the levels of Phentermine to go up or down. You may want to be cautious when using Phentermine for weight loss, esp. If you hav... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Eat healthy exercise: First you have to love yourself for who you are. Forget about being a stick thin model if you have a full figure. Talk with your doctor about a sensib... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Call the police : I would try to get help for that person asap. You should call the police or the equivalent of 911 in your country if the person is aggressive. He or s... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You or someone else: You could have scratched yourself. If you have a pet maybe he or she was the culprit.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
About 3 days.: The half-life of Celexa (citalopram) is about 1 1/2 days. It takes about 3 days to get the majority of the medicine out of your system.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It is a stimulant: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a stimulant so it can raise heart rate & blood pressure. It may effect your metabolism rate in... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It is possible. : All psychotropic meds can affect sleep architecture to some degree. Trazodone can impair the ability of your brain to create new connections at night.... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See an ENT doc: You may be having problems with dysregulation of the muscles around your soft palate at the back of your throat when you swallow and a eustachian tube... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Temporary fix: Energy drinks can give you temporary bursts of energy. They may contain caffeine, b vitamins, sugar and other stimulating agents like ginseng. However... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Internist, heart dr: This mutation causes a defective gene which codes for the enzyme mhft which metabolizes a derivative of folate (folic acid) which is important in the ... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See your doctor: Anxiety can cause a heaviness or pressure in the chest or a fluttering heart beat. Benzodiazepines such as xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan usually allevi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See a dr ASAP: If you have chronic suicidal thoughts, you should see a mental health professional as soon as possible. If you think you may act on those thoughts, th... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Go to an ER: I don't know how long ago you were in the accident, but you should go to an er asap to see if you have a neck or spine injury. I assume you can move a... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. AUSTINA CHO
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes.: Yes, you should go to the er as soon as possible. Also, i wonder if it was an accident or something that has happened before? Perhaps you should speak... Read More

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Dr. James Lin
May 6, 2014
Dr. Cho's passion/compassion in caring, knowledge on the subjects in point, and instinct to regard reality for life urge me, without reservation, to recommend her to anyone needing her specialty care ...Read More
Sep 6, 2015
I learned a great deal from Dr. Cho's expertise. She meets patients warmly where they are, and collaborates well with colleagues. An expert in psychiatry in every way, and a true asset to HealthTap!
Mar 12, 2014
Dry Cho is a welcome addition to Healthtap. She has an excellent knowledge of psychiatry. The information she provides is a real service to the public. I endorse Dr. Cho.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Hello, thanks again but would you be able to answer my question specifically regarding how seizures would be the only part of benzo withdrawal that could cause neuron de...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! It's been difficult because I'm a college student out of town on an internship, but I got in touch with my doctor. Thanks!!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you. This sounds sensible. I will need to request a compounding pharmacy to assist me as the presentation is a capsule.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

UC Irvine

Awards

Top Psychiatrist , Third Place, California - Summer
2013
Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, Los Angeles Region - Summer
2014
Hippocrates Award, First Place, National - Spring
2014

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association Fellow
American Psychiatric Association
Southern California Psychiatric Society
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