Dr. Eric Levin

Psychiatry
43 years experience male

Locations

Retired

About

Bio

Graduated from La Faculte Libre de Medecine ,Lille France in 1980.Internship at Fitzgerald-Mercy Catholic Medical Center;as part of my residency,in General Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.Two years of Psychoanalytic Training.I opened a solo private Psychiatric practice in Chambersburg Pa., 40 minutes west of Gettysburg, in 1987.I closed the practice at the end of 2012. My interests were in addition to psychodynamics, the interface of general medicine and psychiatry and technology. In 1995, I computerized all my records using "Easy Psychiatric Record Keeper" developed by Dr.Patterson at Mass. General,mhc@mhc.com. The last three years of my practice were exclusively Telepsychiatry. As of 12-1-14, I have retired from active direct clinical medicine.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

ADHD and Autism

Geriatric Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

146 Answers
594 Agrees
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
It would be unusual: It is not unheard of but unlikely. A combination of psychotherapy and medication is your best hope.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Thanks for asking!: However, telepsychiatry [ video conferencing], can be as effective especially if direct face to face is not practical for some reason. In some cases i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Anxiety is unconscio: Anxiety and fear are often used interchangeably. However in psychoanalytic terms anxiety is an unconscious defense used to keep separate the ideation... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
EMDR: Sometimes certain therapy techniques over the years have been used. Jean-martin-charcot used hypnosis. S. Freud later on continued this work only to f... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Should be supervised: I would decrease by .125mg every 2-4 weeks until off. However this should be done under supervision by someone who can help you thru any potential pro... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Are you in treatment: Their are effective treatments both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic for panic disorder. The most important is to find the etiology. As for your ca... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Divert attention: Attentive listening for a few minutes, empathy if appropriate. However, if it is anger over an issue where a suggestion of how to deal with it will be... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Should be over: If you were only taking xanax (alprazolam) .125mg/day and even stopping abruptly, which is never a good idea, any wd should be over by now, . A good ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
A good relationship: You are young and i presume healthy. Do not smoke or use alcohol in excess. No illicit drugs especially pot. You know why it's called pot? You chill o... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possible.Cover w/MD.: In my 30+ years in psychiatry I have found this to be a common experience. However the population i see is usually different from that seen by the fir... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Too many questions: I suggest braking down all your questions and submitting them one at a time. By weaker do you mean depressed? After stopping medications which are n... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends: We all have this from time to time. It depends upon the rest of the story. When does it occur, how often, are you on meds, entire head or local, any o... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
I would not: Unless instructed by the dentist i would not. I would only use one or the other. Call a dentist or your family doctor or the E.R. The cause of the p... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possible,get checked: If you have been clearly diagnoses as having some form of epilepsy do you have other diagnoses? Also the two medications listed lower the seizure thr... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Professional help: You need detox, preferably inpatient, then a structured, monitored outpatient aa program with a sponsor etc. I also believe that individual psychothe... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes but sedation etc: The response to the medications and the doses need monitoring[ i.e. Asking the right questions at each medication appointment regarding potential side... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Needs move evaluatio: It could be part of normal sleep or medication side effects or indicative of a sleep disorder requiring treatment. Potentially related to weight, high... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possible: Some studies, significant differences in certain areas of the brain[hypothalamus?]. During normal embryologic development we have genitalia of both. T... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Trichotilomania: A symptom which can be part of a larger diagnosis or a stand alone diagnosis.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Nothing specific: Asperger's is 're-classified' in dsv v, very controversial. Asperger's is part of a larger group of disorders labeled pervasive developmental disorder... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Many,no consensus: Black cohosh, goldenseal, , chamomile , the list goes on and on. I think it comes down to finding the one that seems to help your particular chemistry... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Generally yes: It all depends upon what other medications you may be taking and what other medical problems you may have. Also many "cold" medications have anti-his... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Discuss with your MD: Never change a prescription medication for an alternative unless under the supervision of a physician well versed in both mainline medicine as well as... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Discuss with Dr.: Depends upon entire medical profile. Perhaps an ekg or even a holter monitor needs to be done. This would be decided by discussing with your dr.It i... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
In nature: Most failure to thrive babies are actually depressed. This can be seen throughout the entire animal kingdom.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Unlikly but possible: Severe dry mouth or xerostomia can be a side effect of any medication. However the degree would have to be so severe that something like a parotid gla... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
TV dramatized but?: If prescribed for approved indication or accepted off-label use usually ok. However w/citalopram, even low doses can experience sedation, fatigue ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Reg. or XR? Dx's ??: Seroquel (quetiapine) reg. Half-life is 6-7 hours and xr is 7-12 hours. The half life means if you take 100mg, the time it takes for approximately hal... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See Neurologist: Could be onset of a neurologic problem or side effects of medications or potentially a sleep problem albeit less likely. Were you ever on anti-psychot... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not enough data !: See family dr first to make sure it is not cardiac pain. A detailed personnel medical history is needed, family history, life style history current s... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends upon Dx.: Dx ?.T/c sleep study? R/o exc., caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, vitamin deff b12, d, folate; anemia, kidney dis, dm, varicose veins, parkinson's, thy... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Need a frank talk!: Something is not being discussed out in the open. It may not be an affair but it is something. Perhaps he is having low testosterone or prostate probl... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Should be ok: Your not on brand Lexapro (escitalopram) and generic? Also how often do you use cialis? If you begin to have heart palpitations or sleep disturbances... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See Family Dr. First: I suggest that you see your family dr. First. If they are puss pockets then culture swabs will be taken and sent to the lab. Depending upon the result... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Express how you felt: I would express your feelings about what happened and especially if you had lost your friend. I would ask why they needed to use Cocaine in the first ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
I doubt it: I am sure their may be claims just like any other when it comes to herbs and supplements. I doubt that their are any controlled studies that would sup... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Accutane can be: Accutane can cause depression and even suicidal thoughts. If any concerns, see physician asap. If continuing tetracycline, this can effect the metabo... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Evaluation!!: Evaluation Never hurts. Cause could be general medical,neurological,endocrinologic even cardiac or psychiatric or psychological. Complete hx/pe/famhx... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Professional help: Coordination with his family dr. Combination of behavioral therapy and perhaps Chantix if safe from a general medical perspective.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: Go to the school counselor and request testing. Also on line there are self administered testing for bipolar. Show results to your parents. If they st... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No,cover with PCP: A renal consult might be wise since the causes could range from nothing to worry about to something that needs to be looked into now. Pcp=primary ca... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Why substitute?: Prozac (fluoxetine) has long acting metabolites and therefore usually does not need to be tapered off unless their are other issues. Cognitive-behavi... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
NO get help: This behavior is only going to lead you down a darker road. All of these substances mess up your neurotransmitters. The first thing you need to do is ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Confir with your Dr.: What is your goal? Never add anything without discussing with your dr. A risk albeit slim of a serotonergic syndrome, discuss with your psychiatrist... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Why is the dog on ?: Just kidding. Nice picture. Both can make it difficult to obtain and maintain an erection. Either consult one of the healthtap urologist who can bette... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Disability.gov: The government is a great resource of information for those on disability. You can find resources for mental health, physical health, job rehabilitati... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Do you need it?: If you really need an opiate for pain relief then discuss Modafinil with your doctor. It is not approved for relieving sedation from other meds. It is... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Good evaluation: First evaluation to determine if clearly out of cultural norms & considered pathological & needs treatment. Not as easy as sounds! depending upon the ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Generally not: Unless you are on high doses and stop cold turkey. Clonazepam has long acting metabolites which is somewhat of a safe guard against withdral sx. Never... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Was he tested?: These intolerances determined by an allergist? If not i suggest formal testing. Each item carries with it it's own degree of risks. Each intolerance h... Read More
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VERY COMPASSIONATE AND KNOWLEDGABLE PHYSICIAN WHO MAINTAINS A KEEN INTEREST IN AREAS OUTSIDE HIS SPECIALTY. HIS ZEAL FOR LEARNING KEEPS HIM IN THE FOREFRONT OF INTERNET MEDICINE.
May 22, 2013
Dr Levin clearly has an outstanding knowledge base in psychiatry. He is providing a valuable service ot the public on Healthtap. I recommend Dr. Levin.
Mar 12, 2014
I am delighted to read your recommendations. I am thrilled you are doing this community a service with your insight and experience. Thank you.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I'm sorry that I was unable to answer earlier, but there were some problems with the server that I was using. May you always be successful in your practice and other en...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your quick reply & helpful answer. Much appreciated!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! what is pcp? my urine level is 5 for a long time...like 3-4 years

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

La Faculté Libre de Médecine de Lille,
MD

Residency

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Completed 1984

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Harrisburg Region, PA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Harrisburg Region, PA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013

Affiliations

None
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