Dr. Lincoln Bickford

Psychiatry
New York, NY
17 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Good chance: Drugs can cause depression and hallucinations. On the other hand, people often use drugs to try to feel better by "self-medicating" symptoms with alc... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Probably ok: Caffeine doesn't seem to have detrimental long term effects (in doses under about 400mg/day), but for some people can cause anxiety, mild depende... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Some others include:: Some others include: wellbutrin, (bupropion) lithium, cytomel, adderall, ritalin, remeron.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Probably: Abilify (aripiprazole) is more prone to cause akathisia than zyprexa, but is less sedating.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Depends on person: Most people would not experience psychosis except at very high doses if at all. A few may become psychotic or manic at very low doses. Management by... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Many: Among other possibilities, low thyroid function is often linked to depression, whereas excess thyroid function can cause anxiety or mania.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Same: These terms are generally interchangeable.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Usually: This can be a good and safe combination if prescribed and monitored by a psychiatrist.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Can cause depression: These drugs, if misused, can all cause depression. A psychiatrist may help you understand whether the depression came first (and you're taking the dr... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Prob. symptom return: Prozac takes a long time to leave the body fully (5-day half-life, so weeks). So this is unlikely a withdrawal syndrome as can be seen with other ant... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Maybe: Any antidepressant has potential to induce mania in people with bipolar disorder. However, wellbutrin seems to be somewhat 'safer' in this regard tha... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Don't go it alone: It would be wise to only stop zyprexa (olanzapine) with help from your psychiatrist. For one, it's possible that symptoms will come back. Usually a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Both can work: Both can be effective for bipolar depression. Latuda (lurasidone) is newer and most psychiatrists have less experience with it, and adverse effects a... Read More
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A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Probably not: A search of the medical literature (on www.Pubmed.Gov) shows no data or studies that would suggest this is true (even if it might be theoretically).
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
No: Breaking the pill will disrupt the time-release mechanism.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 years experience
No: Nurse practitioners can prescribe medications, whereas nurses cannot.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 17 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 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 17 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 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
Psychiatry 17 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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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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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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