Dr. Dheeraj Raina

Psychiatry
Skokie, IL
31 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Intensive treatment: Partial hospitalization is the most intensive form of outpatient treatment setting for depression. A person goes to the partial hospital (php), also c... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not really. : What we commonly call a cold is usually a viral infection that is self-limited, i.e., it will resolve itself without causing lasting harm. There is no... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Don't know.: No systematic studies have been done to answer your specific question. So it cannot be answered with certainty. However the various factors that affec... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Tough; case by case: Most individuals who have struggled with alcoholism in past and can drink in moderation after a sustained period of abstinence only if they have done ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Usually not: Ambien (zolpidem) is usually unhelpful for ptsd nightmares. Prazosin might help. Talk to your doctor about it.
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Major Mental Illness: Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness which features recurrent episodes of severe depression and of hypomania/mania - which is best explained ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Duration of action &: One is short-acting, the other long-acting. One has greater risk of addiction than the other. One is metabolized in the liver, the other is not.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Ignore failure: Yes. Discuss with your doctor. Use multiple strategies e.g., nicotine replacement, smoking cessation meds, behavioral approaches. And if you don't suc... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Spend time/have fun: A key element of appropriate treatment of any addiction is substitution of dysfunctional addictive rituals with functional rituals. Figure out a way t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
If miss troubles: If anything good is to come out of adhd, the severity of the condition should be mild-to-moderate, the sufferer should have above average intelligence... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
OCD? : Please get psychiatric eval asap from somebody experienced in and known for their diagnostic skills. This might be ocd and is treatable with meds and ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many steps: First get a psychiatric evaluation. If the depression is rated mild to moderate, consider opting for psychotherapy with or without meds; if it is mode... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Probably not: Ncreased emitionality during preg can be due hormonal changes and due to psychological stress of adapting to changing life-roles. Women have been expe... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on your body, the substance u r smoking, the amounts u smoke daily and possibly your liver and kidney function, and the type of drug test (whe... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes. Talk to doc: For some time now it has been known that montelukast and other drugs like it can cause mood changes. In general if you experience side-effects from an... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on your body, the preparation u r using (e.g., xr), the amounts u use daily and possibly your liver and kidney function, and the type of drug ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
2010 data: 2010 data show that by number of scripts written in us, the only psych drugs in the top 25 are Alprazolam (@#10), zolpidem #12, citalopram #17& sertra... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends: I am not sure about meth, but in general drugs can be detected in nails for a few months - longer in slower growing nails like toenails. On a differen... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Be careful: Adhd symptoms can sometimes feel like anxiety and vice-versa. Benzos tend to lower attention and concentration. Stimulants can increase anxiety (if it... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes : You can actually take sam-e with Prozac (fluoxetine) and other medications from the same class. It can help those meds work better. Nevertheless, find... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Probably okay, but..: As a one time thing, it's probably okay. But if i were your physician i would be concerned about how often this is happening and whether this is part ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
1-5 days, but...: Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't stay long in the system. Your question makes me wonder if you have an abuse/addiction problem. If that is the case, please... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not long: Sporadic use of small amount of marijuana is likely to result in a positive urine drug screen for a few days at the most. Chronic use may lead to posi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Mood-stabilizer: Mood-stabilizers from any of few different classes of meds work for bipolar disorder. There is some evidence that lithium may be the best mood-stabili... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
It depends: In adults on no other meds, 300 mg is not a high dose when used to treat seizures. However, in bipolar disorder doses over 200 mg have not shown signi... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Proper diagnosis: A clinical diagnosis o depression is alwys the result of interplay between biological psychological and environmental factors.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many factors: Schizophrenia is caused by interaction between genes and poor coping with environmental stress. No one gene or group of genes has been found that pre... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
No 1st among equals: So far there is no conclusive proof that any one particular antidepressant is better than the rest.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Related issues: Usually, by hypersomnia people mean excessive daytime sleepiness (eds), which is actually a fairly common consequence of insomnia. If you are looking ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes but carefully: In the us the question asked on job forms is usually not 'do you have a mental illness?' instead it usually is some version of 'are you impaired by a ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Not sure: If you have bipolar disorder your child's chance of having same goes up, but its not certain that he/she will. No psychiatric disorder has 100% heredi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Go to ER: Though some of the symptoms make me wonder about opioid (e.g. Heroin, oxycontin, vicodin), there seems to be enough variation from its usual presentat... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Unlikely: It's possible but unlikely. The more important concern i would have is - why are you on relatively low doses of two antidepressants rather than an opt... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Ideally, none: Many weight loss supplements work by directly or indirectly raising activity of neurotransmitter called norepinephrine and Epinephrine - this increase... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Stop using: Depends on your body, the substance you use, the amount you use daily and possibly your liver and kidney function, and the type of drug test (whether ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Works for pain: Buprenorphine/subutex does work for pain.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Anxiety? : I hope both you and kids are otherwise well. Inattention and forgetfulness can be symptoms of severe anxiety, and it might be worth getting evaluated ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Matter of consent: If someone were only/predominantly sexually attracted to elderly who are too demented to give consent, he or she would also be considered emotionally ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Eventually, every medication leaves your body once you stop it.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends: Depends on the substance, your body, the amounts and frequency of use, etc. This question usually raises concern that the person asking has an addict... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Managed, but ...: Depression is best thought of as a chronic illness with recurrent episodes that are separated by periods of remission. For many, a depressive episode ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes, but...: Generally speaking, unless a person is a subject of court-ordered mental health treatment, a person can refuse any treatment modality for any physical... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Therapy is key: Long-term psychotherapy is key to treatment of personality disorder though meds may have a role to play for certain symptoms. Mindfulness training can... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Crisis vs Rx: The goal of inpt treatment in psychiatry is usually to stabilize acute crisis (e.g., suicidality, violent ideation, intoxication on or withdrawal from... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Synergism possible: If you are asking about chantix, both it and Paxil (paroxetine) have black box warning about risk of suicidal thougths. In addition, Chantix can also ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Revia (naltrexone) Reaction?: Can't speak specifically for you, but generally speaking if side-effects from any psychotropic medication continue for that long without diminishing i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Depends on type: Dementias are of various types, and they start out by afrecting different parts of the brain. However, in their most advanced stages all dementias aff... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Too little data: There's very little research data available about ibogaine to give any kind of helpful answer.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes, but not alone. : Yes, but it's not enough. Most psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, are the result of interaction between one's upbringing (which affec... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Personality disorder: Any personality disorder is an established pattern of seeing oneself, of interacting with others, of mood changes, and of impulse control. This patter... 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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