Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo

Psychiatry
Garden City, NY
22 years experience male

Locations

ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

Garden City, NY

Address

300 Garden City Plaza, Suite 312, Garden City, NY
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About

Bio

Dr. DeSarbo is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry Neurology and is the Founder and Medical Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs in Garden City, NY. He specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and an author and prominent international lecturer and consultant.

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English, Hebrew, Korean

Doctor Q&A

58 Answers
23 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Psych and Medical: An ed can be thought of as a behavioral disorder and a cognitive disorder that has both significant emotional and physical ramifications. It is the on... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Serotonin Effects: Some people experience what is known as serotonin discontinuation syndrome which is like withdrawal. Symptoms include dizziness, sweating, nausea, agi... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Based on half-life: The half-life of the drug can range from 10 to 15 hours, which means that half the amount of the drug in your system is metabolized and leaves every 1... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Good Question: Although I am not aware of a specific study on cannabis oil and wbc, there was a study showing that hemp seed which contains thc as its active compone... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Very high dose: It certainly is a very high dose and if you have been on this dose for a period of time both psychological and physiological dependance is likely. The... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Multiple Answers: The problem is not concern for the out of date valium which has likely lost its efficacy. The bigger issue here is alcohol withdrawal can lead to seiz... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Meds like yours: For typical anxiety/stress meds that work on the serotonin system (ssris) are a first line choice. Venlafaxine works on serotonin and norepinephrine (... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Caution: While there are 12-step programs such as love and sex addicts anonymous, many find that what is perceived as an "addiction" to a person may be a sign ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Very Dangerous: Alcohol withdrawal that reaches the point where there are any hallucinations including tactile, such as bugs crawling on skin, is a red flag for what ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Need Exam: This could be many things of both a neurological and psychiatric nature and depends on what you are seeing, when it started, and other factors. Organi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Maybe, Maybe Not: Ultimately, for mental illness the defining standard is whether or not the mental state or behaviors cause significant distress and problems in areas ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes but why?: If one needs anti-anxiety medications such as ssri's for an anxiety disorder than using Phentermine may not be appropriate as anxiety is one of the mo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Not likely.: Panic attacks are brought on by conscious and subconscious processes but not by unconscious states.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
She may: Depends on what else is going on and what type of counselor she is. Generally speaking confidentiality is protected provided you are not engaging in b... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes: An eating disorder can cause a period to come early, be late, last for a few days, be completely irregular or to disappear entirely. The change in the... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
See a nutritionist: There really is no secret tip or trick. To normalize eating patterns you will need to have a balanced lifestyle. A major part of the equation is good ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Depends on Factors: Bloating secondary to an eating disorder can be caused by several factors including types of foods eaten, any changes related to gastroparesis or dela... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Not Less Intelligent: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for focus and attention (although it can als... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Degrees of distress: Poor body image is a general term that can mean many things. Body dysmorphia is the most serious and is a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in a bod... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Can cause gain too: While many people with an eating disorder believe it will help them lose or maintain weight, purging can also (and often does) lead to weight gain thr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
No health benefits: Not only does purging, via vomiting, laxatives, diet pills or other methods significantly increase risks of major health complications such as cardiac... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Other options too...: For very difficult cases of treatment resistant depression there are also other modalities including vagus nerve stimulation (vns), transcranial magne... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Emergency: If this is not a typo and you are at 43lbs, this is an emergency situation. Your body mass index is at 7.38 which is usually not life sustainable. You... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Absolutely: I have treated hundreds of cases of eating disorders and have many, many patients who could tell you they are free from their eating disorder in thoug... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Get Specialist: Eating disorders have their own language and when possible all clinicians involved should have specialized expertise in this area. Many clinicians say... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Effects brain too: Recent research shows that a higher cannabidiol to thc affects anatomical structures of the brain such as loss of brain cells in the hippocampal area... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Take it seriously...: Anorexia nervosa has the highest death rate of any of the diagnosis in psychiatry. This being said, i agree with all dr. Woods has said: be supportive... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Be careful: One of my supervisors during my psychiatric training was a gestalt therapist. The one thing he stressed to me was that only those therapist who have f... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Anorexia: Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any of the diagnosis in psychiatry.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Ask: Ask for referrals to eating disorder specialist in the area. It makes all the difference.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
They can.: Your brain's chemistry fluctuates and flows moment to moment depending on what you are experiencing and thinking about. If subjected to a major stress... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes : There have been cases where Lamictal has tested positive for pcp and possibly other synthetic drugs due to its molecular structure.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Seek a specialist: Bed is usually triggered by emotional cues you may or may not be aware of. Binging is a way to unconsciously boost brain Dopamine and serotonin to reg... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Seriously?: That's like asking doctors, "how do I not let anyone know i'm not taking my medications." if you truly anorexia nervosa, you have a medical/psych cond... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Can Vary: Return to baseline metabolism can vary from 3 months to 2 years. It all depends on the type of eating disorder, how long you suffered, and your person... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Careful: As you may be aware, Concerta is an extended release form of ritalin. You may discuss with your doctor the timing of your meds and doses can go to 54m... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Very possible: While many antidepressants may list weight gain as a possible side effect, this can be due to many factors including improved appetite with the resolu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Theoretically: Nightmares can be caused by numerous things. The b family of vitamins is important to the brain and central nervous system which regulates sleep, memo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes and No: Bulimia nervosa has both a physiological and a psychologic component. If you are asking if people purge with vomiting automatically without self-induc... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Usually Electrolytes: The common cause of heart attacks and cardiac abnormalities found with bulimia is due to major changes in the body's electrolyte balance secondary to ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Depends: A single dose of 0.25mg of Alprazolam will not cause harm, however benzodiazepine medications such as Alprazolam and others, when used regularly can s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Based on stability: Hospitalization with anorexia usually is a result of symptoms, unstable vitals, physical findings, laboratory work, ekg abnormalities, suicidality, or... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Sure: This is fairly common. Also, the anxiety leads to an imbalance in the parasympathetic nervous system which can cause erectile dysfunction and further ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Not recommended: Based on your question, it sounds like your grandmother has dementia with psychotic features, thus the treatment with Risperdal had a good response. S... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
What's best for you: Most people take Cymbalta (duloxetine) in the am and tolerate it well. However, some people feel mildly tired and i let them take it in the pm. As lon... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Yes you can: Both meds can cause a "high" and are misused and abused by many. They can be purchased on the street by addicts for their addiction habits, however so... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Large Study: While anorexia nervosa remains the most lethal condition in psychiatry, the development of specialized treatment centers and enhanced awareness to pat... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Multiple Factors: There is no one cause for the onset of anorexia nervosa eating disorder. Predisposing factors, including genetic susceptibility, have been shown in r... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
No multi: Specific vitamins in the b family are important with anxiety but a multivitamin will not help.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Use Caution: If you study memory is, it can be thought of as process where there is a mathematical probability of a certain group of neurons firing off in a certai... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Desarbo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Desarbo is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I love the line "no one deserves to be depressed". Often times I find self-blaming ways to justify why I might feel this way and if I can't come up with a viable reason...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Paul Kaye Award for Research Paper on Media Induced PTSD
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, New York - Summer
2013

Affiliations

AMA
Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

Publications

Demystifying the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders: A Translation of the Complex Research
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