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Dr. Aaron Ament

Psychiatry
Silver Spring, MD
59 years experience

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Psychiatry

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
DEPENDS: Some kinds of depression and proclivities for depression are genetically based. Some have to do with environment - abuse, abandonment, neglect, etc. ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
CAUSE?: When you lose 2 kg in a week, that says stress is considerable and you're responding to it intensely. Maybe find out about you and stress - enough to... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
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DOUBT: People with a biologic need for a specific kind of medication may have to stay on it to maintain stability and good function. People with other proble... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
RIGHT TO WORRY: Morbidlyobese adds problems to life and predisposes to many unnecessary illnesses after time. It isnt just diet; usually there are difficulties in liv... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
YES: That sounds quite possible, but do have an expert make the diagnosis and treat the condition. There is hope for a more comfortable life.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
WHAT HAPPENED?: SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT ALTERED YOUR WAY OF LIFE. FIND IT AND YOU'LL BE ON THE WAY TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM. THERE ARE GENERALLY WAYS THO IT MAY NOT BE ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
DECREASE TENSION: If a situation causes tension, change the situation. If you can't do this, change your response to stress.If you can't do that alone, get help. Psych... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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READ BELOW: A psychiatrist is a physician, a trained medical doctor. He will probably have more familiarity with medical illness that has psychiological symptoms.... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Allergic?: Possibly not allergy. May be response to Effexor (venlafaxine) which is different from ssri's. Need to know more. Why taking effexpr, previous meds, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
GET TREATMENT: If an expert diagnosis agrees with yours, proper medication and pro[per dosage and timing can improve focus sufficiently to make study very fruitful. ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Ignore: If not serious immediately, so many of them give troule later. Treat them seriously.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Why?: Makes sense to decrease any psychoactive med gradually, and possibly substitution with Ativan - titrating dosage carefully - might turn out to give th... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
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IMMEDIATELY?: SEEMS YOU NEED TO WORK ON TIME PLANNING FOR STARTERS. ALSO THERE IS THIS THING CALLED RESPONSIBILITY - UNLESS SOME REAL EMERGENCY KEPT YOU FROM DOING ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
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TITRATE: We start many meds at low dose and then add more until we get the desired clinical effect: then we use the dose that does it. Some meds - like some an... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
THINK WHY: Why suppress it? Unless it would hurt others if you laughed. Unless you have reason to think you're caloused, heartless, etc laughter ought to be good... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
MANY POSSIBILITIES: Hard to know why you're stuck. Could be many things. Hard to really see oneself - psychotherapists do help sort things out. When you can understand wh... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
?: First get enough sleep - whats usually good for you, not less. Depression and anxiety will disrupt concentration & memory. If these are present, check... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
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59 years experience
BET: You probably have other unreasonable fears. If i'm right it's a good time to start psychotherapy with the goal of living comfortably, without fear. I... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
SOUNDS LIKE.....: Sounds like it all happened, and now youre connecting with past events in your life. Yes it can happen that way. You can try to tough it out but it wo... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
OH MY!: Seems like it was too much of a good thing. Take life easy for a while and things should return to normal fairly soon. If you're still swollen 3 or 4... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
?: Why did you start? How are you now? Why do you want to stop at this time? Did you talk with the dr about stopping? How long have you taken it? Did it... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
STOP: Between binging and exercising you sound like there is an eating problem. Might be best to work with a dietician. If you don't think that would work, ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
DIFFERENT EMPHASIS: If Paxil (paroxetine) helps you without causing side effects that creat greater problems, don't worry about potency. Takeit ant let it help. If it is ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
OLD STORY: Used to be considered sign of autism. But some kids do it for fun. Maybe you did as a child. Don't be in a hurry to make a diagnosis. If you have oth... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
More info necessary: To answer correctly dr needs enough info to decide if problem is adhd, learning disability, anxiety, panic disorder, a depressive varient, etc. Best t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
TIME TO FIX IT: Sounds like repeated depression. Can be a physical or psychological cause. Your dr can sort out which and refer you (if needed) to one who can help yo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
No: It is an antidepressant of the tricyclic group - very different.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
TOO BAD: No idea of how often. Many questions - what if the meds show the student did have adhd? Would it help enough to be worth it? I understand that some ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
DIFFERENT: When you arrive at the right dose, you'll be more able to pay attention, etc. This sould be significantly different from usual you should see a differ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
PMS: Premenstrual syndrome works like that. With some very good people it can be very intense. Work with your gynecologist or even a psychiatrist who can a... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
No generral best: The issue is which one works for you individually. If Wellbutrin (bupropion) is not working consider increasing tthe dose. if that doesn't work consid... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
DON'T: Don't smoke or take drugs. Do maintain a proper diet and prepare for a baby!
A male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
VERY HELPFUL: aNOT AS EASY AS BEING IN THE SAME ROOM WHERE SKIN COLOR CHANGES, BREATHING, KINESICS ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. IF YOU LISTEN CAREFUOLY YOU PICK UP TH... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
WHAT DOUBTS?: ARE YOU AFRAID OF MEDS? ARE YOU GETTING SIDE EFFECTS? ISN'T IT WORKING? YOU SEE, I CAN'T GIVE YOU AN APPROPRIATE ANSWER BECAUSE THE PROBLEM ISN'T STA... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
SEE BELOW: If you're 39, this is likely a long standing fear. Deconditioning and training can help, but i'd choose individual psychotherapy and work out how such... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
GLAD YOU NOTICED: Seems like something's wrong. Most people your age don't do that. I presume this isnt new, but in any case, something's wrong. Sounds like something ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
???: Where did this idea come from? Hard to take you seriously, but if you eat enough raisins the calories could mount up, you might put on weight, you mig... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
YES, WITHIN REASON: Overdoing anything can become a problem. At your age some advice from a trainer or physical therapist would be a godd idea to avoid overdoing
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
CHECK FURTHER: Adhd and anxiety don't always come together. The anxiety needs work of it's own, and adhd can leave a history of difficulties in the past - disappoin... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
INVESTIGATE FIRST: Might be best to find out why theres diarrhea. It's not funny or silly, and you know something isnt right or you wouldn't ask. Let the dr help you fin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
EVALUATION: Get a psychological/psychiatric evaluation for adhd, tbi, etc. As well as stress in life, depression, anxiety - all sorts of things that get considere... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
I THINK YOU'RE SAFE: I can't see a problem unless you bite a fish or nip a lobster.
A female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
HOW MANY TIMES A DAY: I don't thiink there's a proper answer on how many times a day a person should defecate. One doesn't want constipation or diarrhea, but somewhere in b... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
PROBABILITY: Most probable is a muscle pain fromthe lawn mowing. But not enough information to be sure because you don't know enough about this sort of thing. Your... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Heartache: Long ago before medicine was as advanced as now, when love was lost, chest pain with other signs of depression was called 'heart ache'. It may be that... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Ask Dr: I would want to see t3, (liothyronine) t4, and TSH - and compare the results with the clinical picture. A dr needs all of this (and more) to be accura... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
WHY DO YOU WANT THEM: If you're considering taking them its likely youve seen difficulty you can't fix alone. Work with someone. A therapist can usually help with these thi... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
Choice.: Smoking becomes an addiction. That is at least partially a brain thing. All the helps (patch, varencycline, etc.) will help but you must Decide. It ha... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
WHO: Who is a good psychiatrist who works with ptsd and tbi (traumatic brain injury)?
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
CONSIDERATE: Very considerate of you to be concerned. There are many factors to weigh, but since you can transfer strep to mucosal tissue, why couldn't you transfe... Read More

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Nov 29, 2014
Dr. Amnet s a very knowledgeable and compassionate doctor who gives practical and sensible advice. I enjoy reading his answers. Highly recommended.
May 10, 2013
Dr Ament provides a valuable service to the public on Health Tap. His responses are informative and helpful. I recommend Dr. Ament.
Jul 6, 2013
I enjoy Dr. Ament's direct, to-the-point answers and wide breadth of knowledge. He's a great asset to the HealthTap community!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr Ament, Thanks for taking the time to help everyone. Myself I don't remember if I took an hour ago, so I took one anyway & now I know what to expect from it just in ca...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! i cant message you doc...my card has other money currency and i cant pay.yes 8 years and nothing.its even worse now.thank you anyway.h n day
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I've been telling myself that I lack the motivation to get back on track with exercising and such. I just need to get up and go!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 1963MD

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Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Takoma Park Region, MD - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Takoma Park Region, MD - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Takoma Park Region, MD - Summer
2013
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