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Dr. Anthony Vita

Psychiatry
Keene, NH
male

Locations

Office

Keene, NH

Address

580 Court Street, Keene, NH, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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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 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ignore: A full eight hours of sleep is very important every night.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ignore: Avoid the temptation to use alcohol, this only makes jet lag worse.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ignore: A full, refreshing eight hours of sleep every night is important to prevent relapses.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Usually clinically..: ...by history and examination. Delusions are false, fixed beliefs not shared by ones culture - the CIA is spying on him/her (non-bizarre delusions) or... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Many: Please do not use St John's Wort as an antidepressant, the quantity and quality of the active ingredient in these preparations are unreliable and can ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
It depends: Different physicians switch antidepressants in different ways, and I would call your physician to find out how he/she wants to switch.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Mutual Support: Try attending a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, many patients find the support here helpful and life-changing.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
A number of things: Generally, lithium itself is not associated with weight gain. It could be another medication, indirect effects of the lithium on the thyroid, or a ch... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends: Sorry for the disappointing answer, but there is no set dosage and it differs for each person. Even a small dose of alprazolam (Xanax) will dull menta... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
DO NOT DO THIS: I agree with the previous physician's comments. Withdrawal from clozapine is horrible, with serious physical symptoms. In addition, whatever psy... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Anxiety: Buspirone is approved for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and is sometimes used off-label for other anxiety disorders and depression. Fo... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends: Traveling eastward is typically worse than westward. It also depends on the number of time zones you are crossing. If you are just crossing one or t... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
None: There is no known safe amount of L-tryptophan as no good scientific studies exist. You are correct in taking extra caution given that you are on fl... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
ER: You sound quite sick and need to see a physician as soon as possible. Go to the emergency room. You sound too sick to drive, have a friend or re... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Probably too much: The only safe amount of fish during pregnancy is none. The FDA has guidelines about how much and what types of fish are more or less dangerous, depen... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Where?: In a hospital, nursing home or other care facility a missed medication should always be reported on an incident report, and the attending physician an... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Could be dangerous: Tapering off clonazepam should only be done under careful physician supervision. The symptoms you are describing could be from too rapid taper and you... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Risperidone...: ...is a "second-generation" or "atypical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia. It is also used for schizoaffective disorder and as a ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
SEE YOUR DOCTOR: Hilda, what you have could be anything, from the simple flu to something more serious. However, given your symptoms I would see your physician or g... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Often yes: Mirtazapine is a very effective antidepressant, but it will often increase appetite which will lead to weight gain. No side effect is 100% however ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Which Vitamin?: Deficiencies of different vitamins produce different effects, some much more serious than others. Can you give us some additional information?
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
ER or 911: Trish, if you are asking questions about suicide you should seek help immediately. Please call a friend or relative or call 911, or go to the emergen... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Detox...: ...on your own can be dangerous and even lethal, depending on which medication you are taking. Please consult your physician.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Lorazepam (Ativan) is a member of the benzodiazepine class of medications. These suppress certain brain chemicals which is intended to reduce anxiety... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes, very possible: Your symptoms certainly sound as if they could be serious. Please be seen by your primary care physician or at the ER immediately.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Hypochondriasis is an excessive preoccupancy or worry about having a serious illness. An individual suffering from hypochondriasis is known as a hypoc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No, but a good med: Nortriptyline is an older tricyclic antidepressant. It works mainly on norepinepherine rather than serotonin like the newer drugs. It is just as eff... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: It is never safe to take expired medication. In addition to any adverse effects, the ingredients probably are providing no benefit any longer.
A male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
YES, right away: Blood in the stool always could be serious, and should be evaluated by your primary care physician or the emergency room TODAY.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ask your physician..: ...about your concerns. If you suffer from hypochondriasis, most likely you have had a number of physicians tell you there is nothing wrong despite... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Different medication: Methylphenidate (Concerta) is a direct-acting central nervous system stimulant that is approved for ADHD. If it does not work after an adequate trial... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ask MD: Please ask the MD who prescibed this for you. Sertraline is an SSRI useful for depression and anxiety. Sedation is a common early side effect that m... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Aripiprazole, Sugar: Aripiprazole is a second-generation antipsychotic that is also approved for bipolar disorder and as an adjunctive medication for major depression. Si... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Why...: ...do you think it is low? Compared to what? It may be normal for YOU if you are satisfied with it. Start with your primary care physician for a co... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
You Can't: Mutual support such as Narcotics Anonymous can be helpful and life-saving for many people. Also seek help from a physician and/or counselor with ex... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Opioids in Pregnancy: Methadone is the only approved medication but buprenorphine is becoming more acceptable. Practitioners generally use subutex rather than suboxone. A... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Possible: Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic that is approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is often used as an "add-on" for major depressiv... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Maybe: Sertraline (Zoloft) is an effective antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent (it appears that your issue is anxiety). Common side effects include dry ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ask your physician: Sally, it is never a good idea to stop psychiatric medications on your own. You can have physical withdrawal symptoms in addition to mood changes a... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Talk to your...: ...physician as soon as possible. It says you are depressed and insomnia can worsen depression. You may need another sleeping aide temporarily, or g... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Recommend what?: Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL is a white tablet with black lettering, so this may be the medication that you are taking. I am not clear what you are as... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes: Duloxetine (Cymbalta) is an SNRI medication used for major depression, generalized anxiety, fibromyalgia and some types of pain. A generic has been a... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: DEA has just classified tramadol as a controlled substance.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
For kids...: ...and adolescents generally yes. There usually will be some type of educational program, it may be very structured or may simply be supervision of h... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
None: The four conditions you are describing are serious medical conditions that need to be evaluated and treated by your physician. A general multivitamin... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Anxiety: It can be used for a variety of anxiety disorders, such as being worried excessively all of the time or spikes of anxiety called panic attacks. Clonaz... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
ABSOLUTELY NOT: Not only is there no evidence, the most prominent scientist promoting this view has had his research completely discredited. The anti-vaccine movement... Read More
A 45-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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an anticonvulsant and analgesic drug. It was originally developed to treat epilepsy, and is currently also used to relieve n... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends on State: Each state has their own rules about disability placards (I am assuming you are talking about the ones for cars). Ask your primary care physician i... 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.
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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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