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Dr. Ian Cook

Psychiatry
Los Angeles , CA
35 years experience male

Locations

UCLA Semel Institute

Los Angeles , CA

Address

760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles , CA
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Los Angeles, CA

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

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A 50-year-old member asked:
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Unequal evidence bas: The evidence base (rigorous controlled trials to show what treatments work and which do not) is much more extensive for bipolar i disorder than for cy... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Not in pure anorexia: Individuals with anorexia nervosa generally restrict their food intake in order to reduce their body weight, often to dangerous or life-threatening le... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
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somewhat: Many cbt practitioners stress the importance of doing the personalized "homework" assignments to address an individual's ocd symptoms. Educati... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
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Tinnitus: Probably you're describing tinnitus. Many causes are possible, incl med side effect, middle ear issues, or exposure to loud sounds, but the ones you ... Read More
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Broader effects: Amitriptyline is among the original antidepressant medications (FDA approved in 1961 for depression) with effects on serotonin like the SSRIs, but als... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
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OK on empty stomach: According to online information from the U.S. FDA (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088999.pdf), fluoxetine (Prozac) may be taken with... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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One night is prob OK: While long-term sleep deprivation can be associated with structural brain changes (C. Liu et al., NeuroReport 2014 25(5):320-3), a single night is unl... Read More
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Cognitive Distortion: Depression can warp or distort one's judgment so that everything appears bad, pointless, worthless, negative... Oneself, past accomplishments, family,... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
Alas yes: A relapse can occur even when a person is engaged in treatment; even the best treatments help the person to control their illness but generally do not... Read More
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
For depression maybe: One form of selegiline (emsam patch) is approved by us fda for treating depression. There's a very small amount of research on it in tbi and less... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
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some options: Access to mental health care continues to be limited despite "parity" laws. Low-cost or free care (meds or therapy for ocd) may be available thr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Highly variable: A healthy liver can metabolize alcohol at a brisk rate; a person with liver disease or an elderly person will likely metabolize it more slowly, so the... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Discuss alternatives: Virtually all medications have potential for side effects; what is acceptable vs unacceptable varies from person to person. There may be alternatives ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
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SR, XR=Time Release: Sustained release and extended release signify preparations of a medication that employ some kind of time-release technology (e.g., slowly dissolving ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
Talk with prescriber: Some people have adverse reactions to medications (e.g. insomnia from a 'sleeping' pill). As a next step, review the problem with the doctor who pres... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Sinequan (doxepin) and others: Doxepin is the generic name for a tricyclic compound that is used as an oral (pill) antidepressant medication, with brand names that vary with country... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
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doc or approach?: Most treatments take some time to be effective (weeks to months) and many patients w bipolar ii do not respond to initial treatment but end up trying ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Chk prescribing info: Accurate but dense information on drugs can be downloaded from the manufacturer: search for "Package Insert" or "Prescribing Information" and the drug... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
900mg/d =usual dose: Many studies of St Johns Wort have examined doses of around 300 mg three times daily. (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/329.html) There i... Read More
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Absence of Data: According to the us fda product labeling "it is not know whether Pimozide is excreted in human milk." a recent review article concluded "breastfeeding... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Remember Neuromod: "Neuromodulation" or "brain stimulation" can be an alternative for therapy and meds. The FDA has approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Different physics : Ultrasound images come from reflected sound waves so show "echogenicity" of tissues. X-ray images are like shadows - x-rays are blocked by denser mat... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) CNS effects: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is reported to have some CNS side effects incl "nervousness, agitation, insomnia, anxiety, nightmares or paranoia" as well as co... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
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Psychiatry 35 years experience
By nerve stimulation: Senokot contains "senna" which is converted in the intestines to senna aglycones. These molecules stimulate a nerve network called Auerbach's plexus w... Read More

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Jul 20, 2014
great well thought out answers, welcome to healthtap and thank you for your contributions. an asset to the community
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cook is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cook is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life, Thank You! Thanks so much! Answer was very detailed and helpful
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

Affiliations

Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
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