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Dr. Leslie Howell

psychiatry
las vegas, NV
21 years experience female

Locations

Office

Las Vegas, NV

Address

4000 East Charleston Ste. 130, Las Vegas, NV, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

I graduated medical school from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my psychiatry residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center. I currently live in Las Vegas, NV. I have worked in private practice, inpatient and for the state. I now enjoy working at a community mental health center where I treat the severe mentally ill.

Specialties
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psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

394 Answers
106 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Education ; Support: Are two important things to help you and your husband. A good place to get both of these is through nami. Here is the link for your local nami chapter... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Not a simple test: There is no blood test for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can be diagnosed from a thorough psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist. Lab tests should... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Varies: The time can vary depending on one's current Depakote level, type of Depakote (such as er) and if there is any liver impairment. To be on the conserva... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Options: Natural remedies for depression and anxiety include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements (i.E 5 htp, same and st john's wort)... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Fluctuations in blood-sugar levels can contribute to depression. Refined carbohydrates (i.e. White bread) and sugars should be avoided. Consuming the... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Treatment options: Alternative treatments for mild depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Multiple causes: Causes include : family history of depression, medical illnesses (i.E hypothyroidism), neurochemical imbalance, side effects from medications, major l... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), jou... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Possibly: It depends on the severity of the depression. If your depression is severely affecting your ability to function at home/work, a combination of therapy... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Girls are nearly three times as likely to have depression than boys are.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Online: You can find a lot of light boxes different light boxes for sale online. Even amazon has some for sale. I have had some patients make their own. Thi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Bipolar: If someone is having episodes of both depression and mania, then they likely have bipolar disorder. They should be diagnosed by a mental health profe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Some patients say they have felt a benefit the first day they take a medication. That is likely due to the placebo effect and not the medication itse... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Depends: When looking at the entire us population the average is about 4-6%. Since you are in new york, your state's percentage is likely higher.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Possibly: It depends on the severity of the depression. If your depression is severely affecting your ability to function at home/work, a combination of therapy... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Not necessarily: Mood and personality changes can be one of the early signs of dementia but the main symptoms are a cognitive decline such as memory loss, disorientati... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: An irregular sleep pattern and insufficient sleep can mimic symptoms of depression. The treatment for this condition is focused on improving your sle... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Depression effects: Symptoms of depression include:a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue,... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
No: Schizophrenia is an illness. Just like other illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, medication is used to keep it in check. The term "c... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Related: Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) can mimic all of the symptoms of depression. It is important to have it checked to rule it out as a cause of the depress... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Evaluation: Your mother may need a medical work-up to rule out any underlying medical causes of her symptoms. Even a urinary tract infection can produce confusio... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Depression is a stress on the body. It can cause fatigue, make aches/pains worse and make one more susceptible to infections/illnesses. It can also ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Depression symptoms: Symptoms of depression include: a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Not always related: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use are not always related. Patients with these illnesses will sometimes self medicate with substances t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Estrogen boosts serotonin and can raise endorphins which will help your mood. With lower levels of estrogen, one can develop symptoms of depression.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Higher Risk: Individuals with depression have about twice the risk of developing heart disease compared to those who do not. The exact connection as to why is stil... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Some causes: Genetics due play a role, but in a small percentage. Environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Post Partum: Post partum depression has an onset within 4 weeks after childbirth. The symptoms are more severe than the "baby blues" and can last for months. One c... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It will occur when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. It has... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Evaluation: You should be evaluated by a psychiatrist. Onset of schizophrenia is usually between ages 16-30. Early signs can be social isolation, deterioration in... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Pillows: Pillows can come in handy when trying to sleep on your back. Try putting one behind your knees. You can then put more pillows on either side of you or... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Not the best option: For those who have a b vitamin deficiency, taking supplements may be helpful to some degree. Those who don't may notice more energy which can sometime... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Varies: It really depends on several factors such as the severity of the symptoms, how long you've had the symptoms, current stress level, support system and ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: There are medications that are more prone to sedation than others such as seroquel (quetiapine) and zyprexa. It's important to note that people respo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Here are some tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Depression symptoms: Symptoms of depression include: a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Jobs: When looking for a job, it is important to consider the stress level it will entail and if you will be able to get sufficient sleep. High amounts of s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: B vitamins do not interact with any of the main anxiety medications such as buspar, (buspirone) benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax) or antidepressants (i.e. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine,... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Get evaluated: If you haven't already, you need to get evaluated by a doctor. Let them know that you think you may have depression. They will do the rest. They will ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Escitalopram: People respond to medication differently. Some will gain weight while others lose weight. The weight gain can be due to the medication slowing the met... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Possible: Short term physical effects of anxiety can be insomnia, change in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, sweating, muscle tension, distorted vision, headaches, ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), jou... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Yes: Ciprofloxacin 500mg can be used as a single dose regimen for the treatment of uncomplicated gonococcal infections. The bacteria however have been beco... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Sometimes: It can depend sometimes on the type of schizophrenia one has. It also varies from person to person. Some may remember every detail while others rememb... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Therapy: Therapy is a good way to explore the issues that have caused the anger. It can also help you learn better coping mechanisms instead of keeping it all ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
No "best way": Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, journaling, herbal supplements ( 5 htp, same and st john's wor... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
No cure: Right now there is no cure for schizophrenia. I am not aware of any vitamins or supplements that have been helpful in controlling psychotic symptoms.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 21 years experience
Diet and exercise: Smoking pot isn't the best option. Proper diet and exercise can help with both stress and depression. It also helps to reduce the refined sugars and c... Read More

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Aug 19, 2013
Dr. Howell's answers are thorough, caring, and informative. She provides a wonderful public service through her activities on HealthTap, and I recommend her.
Sep 28, 2013
Good general medical fund of knowledge in addition to psychiatric expertise.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Howell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, I have thought about getting help but I feel like people are going to think I'm crazy or something. Thank you for your advice
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for this helpful information.. I am currently suffering from depression and anxiety.. I still feel I need a boost of vitamins..
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks I understand what you're saying my mom tells me the same thing I just find it so hard to do it's frustrating!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, OH
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

The Ohio State University Medical Center

Awards

Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Nevada - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Nevada - Summer
2013
Top Psychiatrist, First Place, Nevada - Spring
2014
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