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Dr. Christine Forest

Psychiatry
Los Angeles, CA
27 years experience female

Locations

Christine D. Forest, MD inc. private practice

Los Angeles, CA

Address

116 N. Robertson Blvd.,, Suite 907, Los Angeles, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

3103589409

About

Bio

In my psychiatric private practice I enjoy actively engaging my pateints in their own recovery. I guide them toward setting realistic treatment goals and teach them how to asses how well a medication or a treatment modality works for them. I teach them how to detect and deal with medication side effects if needed. I use a wide range of interventions, from solution focused to mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapies to medication management and even life coaching. As a team, my patient and I, create highly individualized treatment plans that are cohesive but also flexible enough to be adapted as needed. My ideal pateint is deeply commited to get well, willing and able to work with me on this model. With this aproach, I am happy to report very good results in my patients' recovery rates. Not just partial improvement of a few isolated symptoms, but remission and improvement in their overall quality of life. This is why I call my program Better Than Cured . My patient learned that recovery from a mental illness is possible and happiness is achievable and worth pursuing. Recently, I have added a new layer of expertise to my practice: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) To learn more about my practice, you are very welcomed to visit my website at drforest.com.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

71 Answers
40 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It sounds like panic: Panic attacks can manifest this way. Not necessarily deadly but highly uncomfortable. Need to rule out possible physical concerns. For example, too... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes: It seems that your anxiety is taking over your life. Definitely worth seeing a psyciatrist and begin treatment or, if already in treatment, the treatm... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes, if not treated: The best thing you can do as a parent of an add child is to treat it. The treatment, medication and behavior retraining is effective. So effective, ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No!: Neurontin, or gabapentine, is not a benzodiazepine and has no addictive potential. Therefore, the drug tests are not designed to detect it.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Formal diagnosis: You need to find first a doctor familiar with this problem. You will have a consultation during which the doctor will determine whether or not you hav... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Too much pressure: It sounds like you put too much pressure on yourself. If you go into the test too stressed out, you will not give your best. You can: pace yourself... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes: Yes, the side effects , in general, go away once the medication is stopped. Then you have to consider what to replace it with in order to avoid wor... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Suicide attempt: This sounds serious. In addition to physical support and recovery, the reason for the suicide attempt needs to be determined. Then the likelihood of... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
The two do not mix: If a doctor recommended xanax (alprazolam) to you, it is likely you suffer from some type of anxiety. Alcohol will make it worse. Also, xanax (alpra... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes, if you must...: The three medications work in radically different ways in the nervous system, using different receptor pathways. As always, when using a combination ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Unknown for sure: There is a great deal of research in neurobiology about how the neurotransmitters' changes translate in the brain into thoughts and feelings, normal ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Learn about ADD: Educate yourself about add. But, if you start things and don't finish, take forever to write an email, never finished a book, lose the thread of a co... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Cautious: It is not a definite contra indication to mix the two. It is more of a "proceed with caution". Discuss with your md to closely monitor for signs of... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Stimulant +therapy: The stimulant needs to be right for you. That means effective, without side effects. 30% of people respond better to one versus all other stimulants.... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Never satisfied: Needy and demanding, no matter how much love or attention they get, they feel they deserve more. Can be charming if convenient for them. Arrogant and... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes, don't give up: Whatever you have tried that did not work, you need to change. Try a new intervention or even a new doctor that has a different method of treatment. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Absolutely: But you have to address and work through the causes of that event. Whether it is a mental illness or a bad environment or an unfortunate cry for atte... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Well tolerated : At this dose, you should not experience too many side effects. Usually, light sleepiness could hapen. It may slow down your reflexes so it's not a g... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No, but take action : Once you know you suffer from depressive symptoms, do take the action of asking for help. Depression is a treatable condition. Many factors can trig... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not a personal flaw: Having adhd is very likely genetically inherited. You did not ask for it. Did not do anything to get it. It happened to you and the best thing to d... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
With what intensity: There can be healthy suspiciousness and there can be obsessional, paranoid one. If it is becoming an everyday occurrence, you may consider you have a... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Different SSRIs: Both belong to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or ssri family, same as the old prozac. Lexapro (escitalopram) works faster, in days, but s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Usually at night: Usually zoloft (sertraline) is calming and facilitates sleep even though it isn't a sleep aid. But a minority of people feel more awake and can't sle... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Try a few of these: Yoga (learn yoga breathing, which is calming); meditation, over a koan or just quieting your mind, 20 minutes two times a day, consistently; take walk... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Treat it!: It could change your life if you talk to a doctor and properly treat add. You will be able to do things you have never done before, like reading an a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Ask others and see: It is best to recognize and confront your your phobia. Ask others and you will see how many people around you have exaggerated fears of things others... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It is treatable: See a psychiatrist. May consider a combination of medication, therapy and other methods, like yoga, aerobic exercise, and focus on stress management ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Common association: There are, in fact, many people that suffer from both disorders. We call it "co-morbidity." this association of symptoms is quite common. The treat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Call 911: If you have suicidal thoughts, best call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Suicidal thoughts are a medical emergency. So ask for help asap!
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No! It's bad anxiety: Ocd patient often say things like "i am crazy for washing my hands a thousand times a day." but this is not psychosis. This is a compulsive behavior... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Set a good tx goal: If the sexual side effects are decreasing, as 50 mg zoloft (sertraline) is a small dose for this medication, you may consider staying on it for a few ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
The two do not mix: If a doctor recommended Ativan (lorazepam) to you, it is likely you suffer from some type of anxiety. Alcohol will make it worse. Also, Ativan (lora... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Review your meds: If you are taking medications but are still anxious and uncomfortable, the easiest thing to do is talk to your doctor and adjust the medications. In ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It varies: It really depends on your body weight, rate of metabolism, if you ate when you drunk, and on the amount and type of alcohol. It also depends on your ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It may be depression: Apathy can be a symptom of depression, which childhood trauma can, for sure, cause. Depending on the trauma, duration and age when it was inflicted, i... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Careful assessment : It can be difficult to tease out add from anxiety or normal life situations. But if you often find yourself easily bored, unable to follow the flow ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Retraining: If your add is moderate or severe, you can't manage it without medication. Behavior retraining is effective. It is about learning better skills in t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Many good books: The one i like to use a lot with my patients is delivered from distraction. Is available on amazon and kindle. Do try to understand as much as you ca... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Many ways of dealing: There are many ways of dealing with work stress, ranging from talking to your peers and friends for support, to formally treating the symptoms that st... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Stable and creative: You don't have to trade emotional stability for creativity. With careful choice of mood stabilizers and fine adjustment of the doses, you can be stab... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Variable response : It is estimated that about 30% of people with adhd respond better to one stimulant versus all others. Two criteria help you decide whether or not yo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Good question: There is no way to "prevent" personality disorders. They are part of the way the brain is biologically wired and programmed to function. Genetics an... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Yes, it is common: People with anxiety often focus so much on the slightest sensation in their bodies. Often, they may even exacerbate normal functions and convince the... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It is treatable : You need to work with a psychiatrist. Panic attack is a serious condition. The md can prescribe a fast acting anti-anxiety medication that can stop t... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Even MDs need Meds: Just because we are mds, it does not mean we a immune to health problems. The choice is between functioning with the handicap of chronic insomnia or ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Behavior tx. vs. med: In addition to what my colleague just said, you need to talk to a psychiatrist to asses how severe your add is. Can it be managed with a behavior int... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
It wasn't that easy : This is a fun question to think about. The recent anthropological research show that hominids had complex social interactions with each other, within ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
ADD or ...: ...Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) losing its effect at the end of the day. Or some form of anxiety? Talk to your doctor to see if you can, together, sor... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Needing attention?: "needing attention" is not enough to make up your mind about a personality disorder. But if it is true, after you do your own research about it, then ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Set limits: Narcissism is a real anomaly! understand that no matter how much you give, it will never be enough for the narcissist. You need to think of your own n... Read More

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Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Forest is a very knowledgeable and compassionate psychiatrist. Her answers are a great contribution to the HealthTap forum, I highly recommend her.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Forest is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Forest is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Could you please mention how long patient stays in ER?
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And is there any other drugs to go with my Cialis 20 mg .iWorrya lot
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Thanks for your quick reply! I like to manage to reduce stress!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Institute of Medicine in Timisoara, Romania
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

LOS ANGELES County Hospital/ USC Medical Center

Awards

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