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Dr. Stephen Ragusea

Clinical Psychology
Key West, FL
42 years experience male

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Stephen A Ragusea, PsyD, ABPP

Key West, FL

Address

1901 Fogarty Avenue, Key West, FL
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About

Bio

With 35 years of experience in Family Psychology, Neuropsychology, Medical Psychology, and Forensic Psychology, I currently practice in Key West,.

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Languages spoken

English

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43 Answers
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Bad Person? NO!: Having a psychological diagnosis doesn't make somebody a bad person any more than a medical diagnosis does. Is somebody with a strep throat a bad per... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
No semen leaking out: The amount of ejaculent released during sexual intercourse can vary widely, although it's usually equal to around a teaspoon. But sometimes there ca... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Emotophobia: The kinds of problems you're describing may be helped with medications, but my experience tells me they are much better treated with psychotherapy. P... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Sleepy: What you're describing can be caused by a variety of problems ranging from depression, to exhaustion to a wide variety of medical conditions including... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
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Pregnant w/ insomnia: Occasional insomnia is common, but when it goes on for more than a few days, it deserves professional attention. The specific nature of the sleep pro... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
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Anxiety Attacks: Panic attacks are common anxiety disorders that are easily treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. We can typically eliminate panic attacks around... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
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Tired and moody?: Fatigue and dysphoric feelings can be caused by many things. People with these symptoms should first get a good physical exam by their primary care d... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: Your doctor is correct if you use benzos more than occasionally. If your diagnosis is correct the research clearly shows that the combination of the ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Anxiety?: Anxiety is the common cold of psychological disorders. One common first intervention for anxiety problems is exercise. Getting 30 minutes of vigorou... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Something Else?: I don't know you, but the symptoms you describe sure sound like anxiety, and a kind of anxiety that's frequently experienced by us human beings.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
oranges vs juice?: If this is just a preference, like enjoying chocolate more than vanilla, it doesn't mean anything. More information would be needed if the issue is mo... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Guilt?: I'd suggest you see a good psychologist who could help you figure out if the guilt is appropriate or not. If not, psychotherapy can help you get past... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Pain everywhere: It sounds like you've had a medical workup and come up without an answer. One long shot answer is that the problem may be caused by unconscious stres... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
To dream: Dreaming occurs during one particular part of the sleep cycle and we are only aware of our dreams when we awaken in the middle of or at the very end o... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Worry?: Worry is unproductive so i usually advise against that. Planning for how to cope with whatever life throws at us is likely to be much more helpful a... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Bipolar Treatment: The research clearly shows that people suffering from bipolar disorder have the best outcomes with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Psy... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic attacks?: Sure although it would be an unusual presentation. Frankly, this sounds like a different medical problem. For example, it's a pattern i've seen in p... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Average Penis Size: The average american male adult is 5' 8" tall and the average erect penis size is 5.6 inches. Flaccid penis size is not related to erect penis size i... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
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It's common: Talking in our sleep is pretty common. When i was young, i used to sit up in bed and have long conversations with my mother, and then my wife. Now, ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Anxiety and weight: Yes, anxiety can produce weight loss if it reduces your eating. Of course, not eating can also produce anxiety, especially in extreme cases such as w... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Not likely: Not likely unless the pregnancy is interfering with sleep quality. Vivid dreams normally occur when the sleep cycle is disrupted.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Written Expression: First, as a neuropsychologist i can tell you that some people's brains simply work better in writing than they do in oral communication. Second, som... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Moderation.: Feeling guilty after eating and forcing exercise to compensate sounds like you may be suffering from symptoms of anorexia or bulimia. I'd encourage y... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Suicidal impulses: This is serious, obviously. Get a referral to a really good psychologist and get talking. Antidepressants can help, but they rarely solve this kind ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic attacks?: Lots of possibilities, but you need to see a good psychologist. You may be having panic attacks, which properly trained psychologists can successfull... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Vivid Dreams: Maybe poor sleep quality. Vivid dreams usually means that you're awakening during the part of the sleep cycle that includes dreaming. It may be rela... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Chronic Pain: Most pain clinics focus on treating pain without addicting medications like the pills you're boyfriend is taking. He should see either a medical phys... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic Attacks?: Panic attacks are common anxiety disorders that are easily treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. We can typically eliminate panic attacks around... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic attacks?: Panic attacks are common anxiety disorders that are easily treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. We can typically eliminate panic attacks around... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Over masturbation?: If masturbation is causing problems in your life, if you're doing it so frequently that it's stopping you from engaging in other life activities, if y... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Spontaneous Humans: The myth of spontaneous human combustion needs to combust. There is no such thing and, therefore, there's no scientific evidence that such as ever oc... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Just kissing?: A cold? Strep throat? A broken heart? Of the three, the most frightening is the broken heart.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic attacks?: Essentially, panic attacks are the fight or flight response running out of control. It's a fear response without a basis in reality and quite common. ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic Attacks?: Panic attacks are common anxiety disorders that are easily treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. We can typically eliminate panic attacks around... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
A better med?: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant and diazepam is a drug used to treat anxiety. How about trying psychotherapy instead? Good psychotherapy... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Night Tachycardia : This can be caused by a variety of medical conditions including thyroid problems, medications, and many other ailments beyond anxiety. Get thee to y... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Body chemistry: First, Effexor (venlafaxine) is primarily an antidepressant and, in my experience, only occasionally reduces anxiety. Ever body is different and a fe... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Weed Pain: Smoking any burning substance such as weed/grass/marijuana creates irritation in the respiratory tract which, as with smoking tobacco, can lead to in... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Lost Libido: Libido can be lost for many reasons, as can spontaneous erections. Anxiety, depression, overwork, are just some of the causes. I once treated a man ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Panic attacks/heart: Panic attacks make you feel like you're having an heart attack but they don't actually cause damage to the heart. Very rarely, some kinds of cardiac ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Libido loss: Lots of possibilities. But one possibility is that your testosterone level is just dropping normally. We live in a viagra (sildenafil) culture now b... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Dementia Stages?: There are no specific, discreet stages to dementia. Somebody might create stages as a way to facilitate a discussion of the topic. In any case, a gre... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
42 years experience
Empty stomach.: It normally takes 2-6 hours for your stomach to empty after eating depending on several variables. Unless you want to send a scope down into your sto... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ragusea is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ragusea is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thank you i cannot sleep at night becaise of my anxiety but suddenly i feel sleepy.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you my mother is going for an assessment end of December.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you doctor. You've been very helpful.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor
Graduated 1980MD

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor University
Graduated 1980MD
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