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Dr. John O'Malley

Child Psychiatry
NC
55 years experience male

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Specialties
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Child Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Don't Bother: Taking 30mg of Ritalin (methylphenidate) will do little except increase your heart rate, elevate your blood pressure, and will not give a "high". Tak... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
No relationship: Folks with asperger's syndrome have no greater chance to have conduct disorder than the general population. People with the syndrome struggle with per... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Safe at any age: There is no reason why you cannot continue on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) at your age. You should be monitored by your physi... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Complex Problem: Pica is a complicated disorder that is mostly seen in children and is rare in adulthood. First get a good physical exam from your family doctor. He/... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
NO: Stimulant medication will not make your "butt" smaller. Adequate dieting and exercise will do that.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Varies by INS Co: The only amount of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can be given is for one month's prescription. That is regulated by law. Insu... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
DNA Damage: Although we know that autism is a neurological disorder that tends to run in families, no specific dna damage has been identified. Researchers contin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Seek help: If you are aware that you are doing what you describe, then you are steps along to stopping it. Now you need rot find a mental health professional t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Coping Skills: Whether you have adhd or aspergers or both you will need coping skills to utilize when stressed or angered. I suggest you find a professional is fami... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Profound Effects: Domestic violence has extremely negative effects on the person being abused, the family, and even the abuser. At the first sign of violence, interven... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Similar Effects: Both medications are Dextroamphetamine products and have similar effects. They may differ only subjectively - some people feel better on one or the o... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Either: Patients report no difference in effectiveness if strattera (atomoxetine) is given with or without food. Some find that taken with food protects from... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Use methamphetamine: Using this drug occassionally for staying awake to study is not indicated and can be dangerous. If taken casually the medication can become addictive... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
No problem: Unless you are using excessive amounts of laxatives and beyond the recommended dose, you should have no difficulty with taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetami... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Non-Medical Treatmen: This is a very good question because children who are taking medications and those who are not can still benefit from some environmental structuring i... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Awful feeling: Panic attacks are awful to experience and demands relief from the symptoms. He describe the symptoms well. There are several courses of action. See... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
1-866-739-7502: The number above is for rader programs that are available all over the country. If there is no center near you, they can refer you to a local service... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Doubtfull: I have seen any literature that lists Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) as a potential cause of newborn defects. It is always reco... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Google.com: If you have internet access go to google.Com and put in adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). You will come to a site that has coupon... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Differences: There is really only two basic types of stimulants: Dextroamphetamine and melhylphendate. Vyvance is an example of the former and Concerta of the la... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Change dosing: It is common to have mood changes when the blood level of stimulants drops. This is referred to as "rebound". It can be made better by using the med... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Steps to take: First you will need to see your family doctor and share your symptoms. He/she can give you a screening questionnaire that will help. If score positi... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Complex Treatment: Bullying seems to be more frequent probably because the interdiction to the internet has made available to everyone without being identified. Recover... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Dissolve Meds: There should be no clinical difference in using these formulations.
A member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Exercise and Adderal: There is no difficulty taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and exercising with simple precautions - stay hydrated and check pu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Combinations: One of the more uncommon slide effect does include seizures. It should be used with caution if you already have seizures since it lowers the seizure ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Use a late dose : Many of the stimulants have "crashes" or rebounds". The rebound process is usually less with long-acting medicine like Concerta or Adderall (dextroam... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
A side effect?: This is an interesting question. Any medication can have usual side effects. For this one the only way to determine if Adderall (dextroamphetamine... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Be Careful: Since both vyvanse and Lexapro (escitalopram) have strong effects on the brain's neurotransmitters (norpramine, serotonin , etc) and different requir... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Not likely: I have no personal experience with the new anti-depressant, but I have not read that it has any particular effect on adhd. In the past we have used a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Nondiscrimatory: Asperger's effects both men and women. It is equal opportunity syndrome. The symptoms remain the same for both sexes.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Lack Understanding: It probably comes from believing that such medications are going to make the child a "zombie" or alter the child's personality. Neither are true. Wh... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) Better: In my experience with children primarily Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) has a much better profile of effectiveness and less side... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Yes...and more: The answer depends on what is happening with you weight. If you eat regular meals and make yourself vomit afterwards and are losing weight your are ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Not a Problem: Skipping a day in taking these medications will not be a problem. Just take your next scheduled dose. The effectiveness for both drugs will depend o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Depends on Dose: For a person who does not have adhdf and takes a stimulant medication will depend on the dose. At small doses your appetite may be diminished and sl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Anxiety and Asperger: Yes, a person who has asperger's syndrome can have all the mental health issues as anyone else. They may be more prone to anxiety because they have t... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Advil (ibuprofen) a good choice: On your current medications you should have no problem taking Advil (ibuprofen) at usual and recommended dose. At higher doses of any of these medica... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Unrelated: Most of the time adhd and enuresis are separate issues. Enuresis often accompanies adhd, but it does not have to be. Even when the adhd is under goo... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Check for CVS status: All the stimulants can interfere with cardiac functions. You need to see your physician for physical examination and an ecg. If that results in a no... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Many Resources: Fortunately there are many resources around the country that can be of help. Intervention by a local psychiatrist or psychologist who focus on eatin... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Aspergers Syndrome: This name well not continue as a diagnostic entity. It will now follow under autism spectrum disorder. We refer to the symptoms in this case as "hig... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Nightmares Rarely: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a very effective medication for allergies and sleep in children. Of course, there are rare side effects that occur inc... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Get Help: Pulse rates over 200 per minute for a 20 year old and 150 beats per a person 70 years are dangerous. But the point here is that an intervention must ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Call State Med Socie: I personally am not aware of any specific md that meets that criteria, but you can get guidance from the local chapter of the medical society (state a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Not For Weight Loss: Adhd medication is no longer used for weight control. They taken off the market many years ago because the weight loss effect stopped. In addition t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Steps: First you need to have a thorough evaluation by your family doctor, and if appropriate by a psychiatrist next. There are medical reasons for depressi... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Stop Vyvance: I suggest you stop Vyvance and use Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) short acting medication to use at the right times for you an... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Metabolic Systems: The actual dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or other stimulant medication is determined by effectiveness and side effect p... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 55 years experience
Withdrawl: It is possible to experience withdrawal symptoms for Remeron (mirtazapine) or any SSRI, but unlikely for the sleep time use of this medication. Discu... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. O'Malley is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1967MD

Awards

Top Child Psychiatrist , First Place, North Carolina - Summer
2014
Top Child Psychiatrist, First Place, National - Spring
2014
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