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Dr. Lincoln Bickford

Psychiatry
New York, NY
16 years experience male

Locations

Columbia Presbyterian -- Allen Hospital

New York, NY

Address

5141 Broadway, Unit 3RE, New York, NY
Directions

Fax

(877) 924-5324

About

Bio

Lincoln Bickford is a psychiatrist and scientist. He received his MD and PhD degrees from a medical scientist training at Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University, with graduate research in Biophysics and Neuroscience. He completed his residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell Universities and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and is on the Psychiatry faculty of Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is also founding Director of a TaiChi & Healing Arts Center on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala -- dedicated to the preservation of ancient Taoist techniques for psycho-spiritual development.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

ADHD & Autism

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Doctor Q&A

63 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: Breaking the pill will disrupt the time-release mechanism.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
See a psychiatrist: You should see a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. Some symptoms of depression include low mood, loss of interest in pleasurable acti... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No strong data: There is some debate about such things in the psychoanalytic literature, but i'm not aware of any strong evidence that sibling configurations lead to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Need supervision: Often a relative will step in and provide emergency supervision. Sometime it is necessary for child protective services to provide temporary custodia... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the situation. Medications can be dramatically helpful for many conditions, when carefully prescribed by a trained child psychia... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Lithium and depakote: Lithium and Depakote are older and cheaper but still effective mood stabilizers. However, generic seroquel (quetiapine) can be found relatively inexp... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Teamwork-based care: Most child and adolescent psychiatry units that i've worked on are caring environments that employ a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, p... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Many can: Many antipsychotics can have a side effect of muscle stiffness or twitching. Some examples include Haldol (haloperidol), Risperdal (risperidone), and... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: Mtfr mutations are currently thought to contribute to depression, and medications such as l-methylfolate may be helpful.
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: Alcohol use, and especially alcohol withdrawal, can cause autonomic stability including changes in blood pressure and heart rate.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Early intervention: Early problems with attachment are thought to sometimes lead to problems with emotional regulation and stable relationships later on, and/or can be si... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Get treatment: First, get treatment from a psychiatrist or other mental help professional. A letter from your provider may also help you advocate with work.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Can be safe: These can be safe combinations, although there are potential interactions, and should only be taken as prescribed by a psychiatrist.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Possible: These are possible if uncommon side effects. They can also be symptoms of depression, which the Prozac (fluoxetine) may help treat.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: Psychiatrists are ethically bound not to date former patients. I assume that the same goes for psychiatric nurses. Perhaps inquire with the american... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Could be: It depends on the hospital. Some will still send bills, although they may not be able to collect.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
What type of anger?: I would need more details to answer this. If the anger is causing problems in relationships or work, it would be worth getting a professional consult... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Psychiatric eval: If you suspect this, get an evaluation by a psychiatrist as soon as possible. Major depression with psychotic features is a very serious illness that... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Either is possible: Substances including alcohol can cause severe mood symptoms that can mimic depression or bipolar disorder. However, many people with mood disorders s... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: Nurse practitioners can prescribe medications, whereas nurses cannot.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
They can go together: Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. An evaluation by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional is your best bet.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Possibly: Depression is not uncommon after childbirth, although mild "baby blues" are more common. Symptoms to look for include sadness/numbness, loss of inter... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Probably safe: Low-dose Abilify (aripiprazole) can be an effective and fairly safe augmentation strategy to add to antidepressants -- but should only be used under s... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No: A face-to-face meeting with a mental health professional would be necessary (although there is some movement to skype-like "telemedicine" in rural are... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Depends: There are different strategies for this. In some cases it may be best to push the dose up as high as can be tolerated without significant side effect... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Unusual: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is much more likely to suppress appetite, although there can be paradoxical reactions.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Psychiatrist: Best bet would probably be an md psychiatrist. If there's difficultly finding one, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychogist, or clinical social w... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
400mg: Most guidelines say about 400mg (or about the amount in 4 cups of coffee).
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Similarly potent: The bioavailability/absorption of is supposed to be about the same between zyprexa (olanzapine) and zyprexa (olanzapine) zydis. Only difference is th... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
No, but get help: A baby Aspirin is just low-dose aspirin, so probably can't hurt unless you're allergic or have a contra-indicated condition. However, your anxiety ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Based on state law: Specific laws vary state-to-state. In most states, parental consent is required to admit or discharge children and teenagers (except in some cases 2 ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
If more comfortable: Some people find that taking zoloft (sertraline) or other ssris with food helps avoid nausea or stomach discomfort as a side effect, but probably does... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Teamwork-based care: Most child and adolescent psychiatry units that i've worked on are caring environments that employ a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, p... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Personal decision: This is very much a personal ethical decision. Most children are at risk for something deriving from their genetic and family inheritance. Discussion... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Need supervision: Often a relative will step in and provide emergency supervision. Sometime it is necessary for child protective services to provide temporary custodia... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Possibly: There are many other medications in the same class as Abilify (aripiprazole) (mood-stabilizing anti-psychotics). Of those, Risperidone and quetiapine... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Some options: There are anecdotes that adding wellbutrin or Buspar (buspirone) may help with sexual side effects of antidepressants; may be worth discussing with yo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Risk of harm: The main indication for hospitalization is usually that the patient presents a risk of harm to themselves or others. Suicidal thinking, aggression, m... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the medication and condition. Some medications work quickly. Others may take days, or even weeks to work (for example antidepressants ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Variable: Occasionally some people can have an episode of psychosis that doesn't recur, others need to stay on medications long term. Usually it's recommended ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Doesn't have to be: Schizoaffective disorder essentially means that a person has both mood (depressive and/or manic) symptoms and psychotic symptoms, and that the psychot... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Bupropion?: Bupropion (aka wellbutrin) is a possible option to discuss with your psychiatrist -- it's more likely to boost energy and focus, but isn't as effectiv... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Probably won't hurt: Remeron (mirtazapine) probably doesn't increase sex drive, but it doesn't decrease libido and sexual performance as can many other antidepressants.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Geodon (ziprasidone)?: You may be thinking of geodon (ziprasidone). Both Geodon (ziprasidone) and Abilify are actually mood-stabilizing antipsychotics, not antidepressants.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Psychiatric eval.: Depression is not uncommon after childbirth, although mild "baby blues" are more common. Symptoms to look for include sadness/numbness, loss of inter... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Depends: Can range from a few days to months, depending on the illness. Usually patients can be discharged when they are no longer a risk to their own safety ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Probably symptom: This sounds more likely to be a symptom of psychosis that the Geodon (ziprasidone) is intended to treat.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Usually: This can be a good and safe combination if prescribed and monitored by a psychiatrist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
It certainly can: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is first-line antidepressant (as effective as others like Prozac and zoloft), and also has some efficacy for adhd symptoms (alt... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Maybe: If there's a partial benefit from 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) then there's a reasonable chance higher doses would help more (standard dose range is up... Read More
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Dr. Bickford's responses and clear and precise. His background education and practice are possibly the most interesting and progressive. My best regards for him.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bickford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bickford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! That's exactly what I have been diagnosed with. I had it 4 yrs now.
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. I will pass this to my daughters internist.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Columbia University
Completed 2010

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Columbia university medical center
New york presbyterian hospital
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