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Dr. Dheeraj Raina

Psychiatry
Skokie, IL
30 years experience male

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Dr. Raina is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has practiced in public & private sector, in rural & urban settings - both as a clinician as well as a medical administrator. His clinical experience spans all demographic groups and all major psychiatric diagnostic categories. His particular expertise is in psychiatric diagnosis, in developing comprehensive treatment plans and in terms of subject matter, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, dementia and addictions. He is also an experienced medical educator with particular interest and expertise in teaching medical interviewing and psychiatric diagnostic skills.

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Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

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330 Answers
218 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Concerning: Any level of manic or hypo manic symptoms while taking any antidepressant should be discussed urgently with the treating psychiatrist.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Many causes: Dementia can be caused by a host of environmental and genetic causes - many of them quite rare. Generally speaking, you can potentially reduce your ri... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Either. Depends. : Rather than whether a doctor is family practitioner or an internist, what is more important is that you find a physician with whom you can connect and... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Matter of economics: Great question. It is a matter of economics. Reimbursement by insurance companies, medicare and medicaid for psychiatric hospitals is poor compared to... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Risks w/o benefits: Adhd meds can have potentially serious s/e in any patient. However, because of the effect they have in patients who truly have adhd, their risks are w... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Too little space: Too little space to write all criteria, but the essence of the disorder is an at least 6 month long period of excessive worry about a variety of thing... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
More reps may work.: The most important way to learn any new skill is by repetition. If the dementia is of the type or severity that does not significantly impair new lear... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No: They are not known to affect fertility. Prozac has potential to affect libido, erection and ejaculation, bit not fertility. Wellbutrin (bupropion) doe... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Mismatch: Think of any personality disorder as the mismatch between ideal coping skills needed to deal with adulthood stress and coping skills developed as a ch... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Multiple options: You have chosen a challenging career. I wish you nothing but success! however, to be happy in such a career, you will have to learn to manage stress. ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Nothing: Nothing will get it out of your system by the next day. If you have an addiction problem, please seek help for same asap rather than worrying abou... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Talk to your PCP: Please talk to your primary care physician about this as quickly as you can. Depending on what other associated symptoms you have the list of causes o... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Don't know: Normally the detection window for ecstasy in hair in 90 days. But these numbers are always averages and an individual may fall on either end of the av... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Ignore failure: Motivation to quit is great first step. Discuss with your doctor. Use multiple strategies e.g., nicotine replacement + meds + behavioral approaches. T... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Long-acting opioid: Methadone is a long-acting opioid. Generally speaking, within any particular class of addictive drugs, the quicker the peak effect, and the shorter th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
A lot: Panic attacks are a severe form of anxiety. A psychotic break usually involves hallucinations and delusions.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Probably not: In a person of average adult with normal liver function Prozac (fluoxetine) takes about 5 weeks to almost completely leave the body. To the extent tha... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
30th: If i were a pharmacist i would not fill it before the 30th.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
It depends: Though there are minor differences in laws regarding this between states, in most instances having made a suicide attempt does not automatically deem ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Square vs. Rectangle: Dementia is a term for a group of disorders that are characterized by degeneration of certain parts of the brain and cause problems with thinking, com... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Don't know, but...: Without having professionally evaluated a person it's impossible to say what underlies their behaviors. Your psychiatrist or therapist can best answer... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Usually: Seroquel (quetiapine) is one of many medications that are appropriate do treating schizophrenia. Which one should be picked is best decided on the bas... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
May, with caveat: Though i don't know you, i know break ups are hard. I wish you the best in your recovery from same. Recovery from such losses usually takes time and i... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No. : First, it's great that you have breastfed your son for so long. He won't lose any of the benefits of breastfeeding if you stop now, which you should d... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Unlikely: These things are har to study, but its unlikely that prenatal antipsychotics increase risk of schizophrenia.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Psychotherapy: You didn't say if u r still with him. In such situation if the couple plans to remain together, couples therapy helps. If the loss of trust is so seve... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Ask around: People you could ask include your primary care doctor, or people at your local chapter of organizations of patients suffering from mental illness and ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Ignore: Stick to good, healthy routine. Permit a trusted person to tell you when they see early signs in you.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Ask around: People you could ask include your gp, or people at your local chapter of organizations of patients suffering from mental illness and their families - ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Sorry. : I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am sure the lack of a note leaves survivors of someone who commits suicide with even more questions. In such circum... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Depends: Depends on your body, the amounts u smoke and the frequency of use. If you have an addiction problem, please seek help for same asap rather than worry... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Not likely, unless..: Suboxone, like any other medication is safe over the long term when taken for the right reason, in the appropriate dosage. Under proper medical superv... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
It could: I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't, though you really should ask someone who does it.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
HA Not ADHD symptom: Assuming ha = headache, it is not a symptom of adhd.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Depends: Increased emotionality during preg can be due hormonal changes and due to stress of adapting to changing life-roles. Women have been experiencing thes... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Essentially an SSRI: Active ingredient of st. John's wort essentially works like an ssri (selective serotonergic reuptake inhibitor), examples of which include prozac, pax... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No. : Usually this indicates an underlying severe mood disorder and is reason to seek professional help with a psychiatrist or psychologist asap.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Combined approach: Consider medications to block cravings (discuss options with ur doc). Develop and strengthen functional rituals to replace dysfunctional rituals of ad... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Good history and...: Observation over time. Getting history from a patient's friends and family also helps.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Innate vulnerability: Marijuana can be especially dangerous for people who have a known or previously unknown biological vulnerability for a psychotic illness (similar to s... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Alternate strategy: Stopping any antidepressant (except prozac/fluoxetine) abruptly carries significant risk of withdrawal symptoms (probably worst with Paxil (paroxetine... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
It's complicated: Valium (; other benzos) r wonderful medications for treating anxiety in the short term. They r potentially addictive, but most people who take them de... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Side-effects: Paxil (paroxetine) cr has no advantage over regular Paxil (paroxetine) in terms of effectiveness. For most patients there is no advantage at all. Howe... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Don't breastfeed: American college of obstretics and gynecology recommends that mothers actively using meth should not breastfeed. If you are asking this question about... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Rx for depression...: ...And anxiety. Very broadly speaking, it is group of psychotherapies that does not care whether or not, or how a person's psychological problems are ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Concerned: Great that you are breastfeeding and concerned about your kid's safety to ask this question. Better safe than sorry. If this is not just a one time th... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Probably, but...: It's not clear to me why someone would need 25 mg seroquel (quetiapine) daily for 10+ years. At that dose, it is probably safe, but your are still pro... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Why trazodone? : Namenda (memantine) is a medication approved for treatment of dementia. Sometimes trazodone is given for sleep, but in an older person there may be r... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No: No. The euphoria or feeling of subjective well-being people can get on any opioid comes at the high price of addiction, and increased risk of accident... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Multiple approaches: At the weight your describe you might need to approach the weight from multiple approaches - diet, exercise and discussing with you regular doctor whe... Read More

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Jan 18, 2014
I am so grateful for the caring, clear, informative, knowledgeable and wise replies Dr. Raina provides. I'm looking forward to learning from them. A great asset to this community!
Jan 19, 2014
Dr Raina is providing an excellent public service via Healthtap. The information she provides is informative, accurate & understandable. I endorse Dr. Raina.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Raina is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You! I am 22 and I was diagnose w/bipolar at age 14 took medication for a yr then never again/ this must explain my depression my suicidal attem
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you very much I'm into my 6th day now and feeling a Lil better tonight at 10 o'clock it will be the end of the 6 th and start of the 7
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Thanks for your quick reply! effexor 150 mg effects my sex desire, and 50 mg of zoloft makes me too hyper and doesnt help my anxiety. So i try both now in low dose .

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Government Medical College, Nagpur, India
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

University of Illinois at Chicago

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Evanston Region, IL - Summer
2013
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Illinois - Summer
2013
Top Psychiatrist , Third Place, Illinois - Summer
2014
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