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Dr. Jessica Langenhan

Psychiatry
LONG BEACH ,, CA
16 years experience female

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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

88 Answers
1 Agree
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Variance in reaction: There is no one easy answer to this, but a general explanation is that different people (based on different temperaments, upbringing, prior experience... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Assessing anger: There is no official diagnosis of pathological anger, but we recognize emotions or reactions as a problem if they are interfering with functioning. If... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Quick diagnosis: Personally, i find it very difficult to diagnose in psychiatry in only 15 minutes unless I have a lot of background information (old records, informat... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Amitriptyline effect: Amitriptyline typically doesn't have an addictive quality. Also, if a patient takes the medication appropriately (following prescription directions, n... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Low-dose BuSpar (buspirone): In my experience, 5mg of Buspar (buspirone) is a rather low dose for most people. Also, Buspar (buspirone) tends to have rather subtle effects, compar... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Ignore: Maintain a schedule. Speak openly with doctor. Trust you can treat it.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Talk with others: It's not truly realistic to get rid of anxiety about things like parenthood completely, but it is possible to manage your anxiety. Talk to other paren... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Effects of anger: Anger and stress are not healthy for the heart, but a cardiologist would have to evaluate you to determine what, if any, damage there is. Seeking help... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Source of diagnosis: Dsm IV is a diagnostic manual that describes the criteria for all the recognized psychiatric diagnoses. Basically, a dsm IV diagnosis is an official d... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Causes of anxiety: I would consider thyroid function if that hasn't been done yet. Cortisol is another thing to consider. I usually check these more for depression than ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Medication effects: Risperdal and Invega are two psychiatric medications that are known for having hormonal effects, but it can't really be said that all psychiatric medi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Dosage effects: If you had side effects from starting the 25mg, it is possible that there may be side effects from increasing the dosage. If those side effects are to... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Needs assessment: Early-onset dementia is something that requires a full assessment to be diagnosed, including ruling out other things that can cause forgetfulness and ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Caution with mixing: Gabapentin and Adderall have essentially opposing effects, so it may not make sense to take the two of them together. It is always important to use ca... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Viral recurrence: A variety of viruses can cause GI (stomach) illness, so while you may have better immunity against the virus that made you sick over the summer, it do... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Stopping sertraline: It is possible for people to experience some depressive or anxiety symptoms after an antidepressant like Sertraline is tapered off. If you had been ta... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Help for memory: There aren't necessarily vitamins with proven direct effects on memory, but the B-complex vitamins support brain/nervous system health. A healthy diet... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Med safety: The combination of the pregabalin and the diazepam can make you tired and dizzy, so I would advise not taking them at the same time. Also, diazepam is... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Unlikely: If you have been taking the 20mg of Citalopram without a problem, it is unlikely you will have a problem with increasing to 30mg. Citalopram tends to ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Seeking help: Addiction is a serious disease that requires professional help. I would recommend finding a therapist and psychiatrist who have experience treating ad... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Other options: I would consult with a therapist who specializes in helping to manage unwanted thoughts and actions. He/she can give you specific tips that are better... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Possible dose effect: With the Ritalin and Strattera at those doses, you are taking a fair amount of medication. The nausea may be a result of the fact that you are on high... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Surgery effects: This would really depend on the type of surgery that is being performed, and it would be best to ask your doctor whether this is a possible effect of ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Eval of exhaustion: Your fasting glucose probably won't help explain what is happening after eating, when you are clearly not in fasting mode. It could be helpful to test... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Diagnosis education: Sometimes it helps to hear the information from someone else--would you be willing to have your physician/therapist speak to your husband, perhaps dur... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Cymbalta dosing: 20mg of Cymbalta is on the low end of the dosing range for this medication, but everyone responds differently to medication. Some people are more sens... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Diet and exercise: I would suggest evaluating your diet (perhaps consulting with a nutritionist) to determine a healthy balance of fat/carbohydrate/protein intake. Also,... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline) side effect: Zoloft (sertraline) doesn't always cause fatigue, but it is possible. Some people take Zoloft (sertraline) at bedtime, but it would be best to discuss... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Diet and Barretts: The apple cider vinegar and lemon water are rather acidic, so I would worry that they would cause more problems for your esophagus/stomach. I would sp... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Assessing sleep: Taking muscle relaxants or NyQuil is not going to help you to get quality/natural sleep. I would suggest talking to your physician about getting a sle... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Reconsider stimulant: The goal for blood pressure is to be <120 and <80. I'm not sure what stimulants you are taking before you workout, but stimulants can affect blo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Citalopram effects: The symptoms that you list are usually some of the things that Citalopram is prescribed to TREAT, so if you are still having these symptoms or side ef... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Other options: I understand your concerns about long-term Reglan use, and I'm wondering whether you have been tried on other medications for reflux? Other medication... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Wide variation: Residential treatment centers can vary greatly, depending on who is running them, what the staff is like, etc. Such treatment centers are meant to pro... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Effects on pressure: Blood pressure can be affected by many things, including anxiety, dehydration, stimulants like caffeine. There is a phenomenon called "white coat hype... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Lactose tolerance: There wouldn't be any reason to drink such an enzyme if you don't need it to digest lactose. Those enzyme supplements are used to provide what lactose... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Caution w/supplement: Rhodiola is thought to affect serotonin levels, so I would advise against using it when you are already taking 2 medications that act on serotonin (th... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Med interactions: It is smart to be aware of the risk of interactions with medications and substances such as alcohol. Ibuprofen usually lasts in the system for around ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Med interactions: Medications taken together can have interactions with each other, in part because of what you noted--being metabolized by the same liver enzyme. These... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Splitting dose: Increasing the dosage of duloxetine from 60mg to 120mg was a large step, so you are probably feeling the effects from that dosage increase. I often ha... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Med side effects: Depot injections usually last 4-6 weeks. Once the medication wears off, the side effects should as well. I would speak to your doctor about your conce... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Affording medication: Depending on what medications have been prescribed, some pharmaceutical companies offer assistance programs to help with medication costs. The applica... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Using antidepressant: Anti-depressant medication doesn't work, unfortunately, after just taking one time. They take effect after taking them consistently, and it usually ta... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Fluoxetine dosage: I would double-check with the pharmacy and with your doctor to see whether the dosage had been changed. Dosage increases with fluoxetine can cause anx... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Addiction risk low: With that current dosing frequency, it is unlikely that you will become addicted to the Ativan. Addiction can be defined in various ways, but it usual... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Anxiety eval: Anxiety is something everyone experiences as a normal course of life--ie, when having to give a speech, before a big test, etc. It's when anxiety star... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Many options: There are a lot of options for healthy breakfasts that don't involve meat or eggs: -Oatmeal topped with fruit and/or nuts -Smoothies made with non-dai... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Therapy: I would encourage you to seek a therapist who has experience with this type of eating disorder. Seeing a nutritionist who can help you to manage healt... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Anxiety medication: I would consider an antidepressant that is also used for GAD. The SSRI's such as citalopram or sertraline are such examples. These medications help wi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jessica Langenhan
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Possible side effect: Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, this might not be a good medication combination for you. Individuals can differ in terms of what medicatio... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Langenhan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Langenhan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! We have done sleep study and it don’t give me answers that I need
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thanks.finally a answer that doesnt include antidepressants
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Thanks!! And I've been on zoloft for 9 months. But my dose was 100mg..

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

George Washington University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE MED CENTER
Completed 2009

Awards

Founding Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
Top Psychiatrist, First Place, California - Spring
2017
Top Psychiatrist, First Place, California - Fall
2017
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