Dr. Anthony Vita

Psychiatry
Keene, NH
male

Locations

Office

Keene, NH

Address

580 Court Street, Keene, NH, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

I am trained in both psychiatry and occupational medicine. I practice adult psychiatry, seeing a wide variety of conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. I am interested in forensics, particularly disability evaluation and worker's compensation. I also have an interest in neuropsychiatry.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Occupational Medicine

Doctor Q&A

195 Answers
49 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Unknown: Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, especially crowded ones. In severe cases patients are unable to leave home. It is often associated with panic di... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
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Controversial: The use of antidepressants (AD) in bipolar d/o is controversial. Some physicians will never use an AD in bipolar d/o and instead prefer mood stabilize... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Bad combination: Mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall) generally should not be mixed with that much caffeine. The amount of stimulants that the brain receives can be too... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
ER, IMMEDIATELY: Any symptoms of chest pain demand immediate evaluation at the emergency room. Someone with chest pain should not drive themselves to the ER but shoul... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Same medication: Duloxetine is the generic name while Cymbalta (duloxetine) is the brand name. There may be differences In the fillers and binders in the capsules but... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Many: There are many excellent psychiatrists in Massachusetts due to the numerous training hospitals there. Which psychiatrist is right for you depends on y... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends...: ...on what is in them. Many contain huge amounts of caffeine, which can be dangerous in overdose. Ephedra (ma huang) is another common ingredient th... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Regional variation: Dexedrine consist of dextroamphetamine while Adderall consist of a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. There are some physicians here wh... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
How old...: ...are you? Privacy laws vary by state, and may be different for minors. In general, privacy laws for psychiatrists follow that for other physicians... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
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No but...: ...combining tramadol with an SSRI such as sertraline (Zoloft) increases the chances of a very negative reaction called the serotonin syndrome. Genera... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
DSM: Although it has generated a lot of controversy, especially with the recently released fifth version, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: No psychiatric medication should be stopped abruptly and stopping such medications should be done carefully with physician supervision. Buspirone (... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
DON'T: Don't snort methylphenidate (Ritalin). This medication is a powerful stimulant that can be lethal if not taken properly. Please get help for your ad... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Answered before: I have answered this question before. Mirtazapine (Remeron) generally has fewer sexual side effects than escitalopram, however, mirtazapine can hav... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No basis: Not sure where you heard this, but there is no scientific basis for this. If you are depressed seek advice from your primary care physician with a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
CAREFULLY: Clonazepam must be tapered slowly and carefully under a physician's close supervision. Risks of too rapid a taper include not just anxiety and shakin... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Hard to say...: ...given that we have very limited good data on the natural course of delusional disorder, which is characterized by delusions that are unaccompanied ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
What you'd expect: The prescription drug Marinol and cannabis, such as medical or illicit marijuana. That's it.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
SSRI Side Effects: Escitalopram (Lexapro) is an SSRI medication that is approved for major depression and generalized anxiety. Sexual side effects are very common and c... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No proof: There is no proof that additional magnesium will help depression. That being said a healthy, balanced diet is usually helpful. Ask your MD about the... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Pornography has shown to have adverse psychological effects when watched in excess. Reduced ability to love a real person is another symptom as no one... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
A couple of reasons: First, I assume you're talking about benzodiazepines. There is no evidence that these types of medications can help in the long term with posttraumati... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Tolerance to benzodiazepines can occur at any dose.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
None: There is no proven benefit to fish oil for withdrawal from citalopram. Symptoms of withdrawal from an SSRI like citalopram can include headache, flu-... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
It is bad: Almost all antidepressants are designed to be taken every day, these are not "as needed" medications. There needs to be a consistent level of medicat... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: I am not aware that medical marijuana is approved for depression/anxiety in any state, with the exception of severe PTSD in a few states. Cannabis ma... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition where the patient has obsessions (ruminative thoughts about death or contamination) or compulsions (order... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Full medical work-up: Any anxiety symptoms, including rapid heart beat and panic attacks, MUST have a full medical work-up before being labeled "anxiety". Special attentio... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Okay?: I am not sure why you would want to do this given that you have moved on. There is no right answer. If you are seeing a psychotherapist or counselor... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Sertraline (Zoloft) is an SSRI used for major depression and anxiety. Alprazolam (Xanax) is a short-acting benzodiazepine useful for anxiety. Alpraz... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Answered before...: These types of questions pop up here several times per week. We are not here to help you pass drug tests. This is an ethical site. We can recommend... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
It depends: Escitalopram (Lexapro) is an SSRI that is FDA-approved for depression and some types of anxiety. Sexual side effects are often a bothersome side ef... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall) and lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) are effective stimulants that are approved for ADD/ADHD. However, only you and yo... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Haloperidol...: ...or Haldol is a "first-generation" or "typical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia, where patients have lost touch with reality, h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Antipsychotics: Schizophrenia is a brain disease consisting of being out of touch with reality, delusions, hallucinations, apathy, cognitive problems and being unable... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Worst?: 1. Incarceration. 2. Death or permanent brain damage from LSD, heroin or other contaminants that are now commonly found in "street" marijuana. 3. Da... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Soon: Robert, hopefully you stopped your sertraline (Zoloft) with the help of your physician. I would be more worried that your psychiatric symptoms could ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Phobia: Being afraid of cancer and heart disease is understandable for close relatives of people who have died of such conditions. Psychotherapy may help and... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
4-6 Weeks: Bupropion is an antidepressant that works primarily by increasing dopamine. If you have had absolutely no improvement in your depression, you may b... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Neither: Zolpidem (Ambien) and eszopiclone (Lunesta) are medications used on a short-term basis for insomnia. Both act at the benzodiazepine receptor although... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
May take time: Fluoxetine (Prozac) is an SSRI medication approved for major depression and some types of anxiety. Depending on the psychiatric condition, an increas... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
See a Psychiatrist: OCD is a chronic mental disorder consisting of either OBSESSIONS (persistent, repetitive thoughts possibly involving germs, cleanliness, contamination... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Possible...: ...but that should not interfere with your getting proper treatment. You are not crazy or weird. If you are a worrier people may notice, and if you h... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
See a psychiatrist: Your psychiatric symptoms are serious, and you should see a psychiatrist as soon as possible. This does not mean you are "crazy", just that you are s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Lethal: Withdrawal from alcohol can be lethal. Patients should not attempt to detoxify from alcohol except under careful physician supervision, usually in th... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Were you...: ...trying to hurt yourself? If so, please seek help from your psychiatrist or another professional immediately. Hopelessness always passes!! 1000 m... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
An element: Lithium is a very simple compound, it is an element, #3 on the periodic table. It is was really the first psychiatric drug that we had. It is typicall... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines: All of the medications that you mention are benzodiazepines, which are primarily indicated for the short-term control of anxiety. Their use should ge... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Most likely: Cannabis is usually, but not always, calming with a decreased heart rate. There has been a MASSIVE increase in marijuana that is laced with other drug... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Hard to tell: OCD is a chronic but very treatable illness consisting of obsessions or compulsions. CBT and SSRI medications are the treatment of choice. Aripipr... Read More
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I just finished a mini fellowship in psychiatry by reading Dr. Vita's answers. Each one to the point, informative, well written and full of new knowledge for me. He is a great asset to the Health Ta...Read More
Jul 15, 2014
Dr. Vita is a phenomenal asset to HealthTap. His recommendations are spot-on and his years of experience certainly shines through. I even find myself learning from his Psychiatric knowledge when readi...Read More
Jul 10, 2014
Insightful and knowledgable physician.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I have been trying to treat my disorders naturally but cannot prevent the psychotic and manic symptoms that way. This is good to read.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I was thinking either Benzos or Propanderol, Propanderol didn't help intrusive thoughts, but it helped with the physical sysmptoms.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Understood cited ref, but have strong spprt, multi disc etc.4yrs now.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
MD

Residency

Harvard

Residency

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Occupational Medicine Physician's Scholarship Fund
Top Doctor, First Place, New Hampshire - Summer
2014
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, New Hampshire - Summer
2014

Affiliations

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
American Psychiatric Association
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