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Dr. Carlos Barrios

Child Psychiatry
Santa Barbara, CA
24 years experience male

Locations

Carlos Barrios MD INC

Santa Barbara, CA

Address

111 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Fax

(630) 689-1173

About

Bio

As a bilingual and bicultural child psychiatrist, I see myself in a unique position to educate patients in this forum to be more proactive and have an upper hand in preventing, reducing, and treating illnesses. This is a wonderful primary care opportunity for the consumer to stay on the right track to better mental health!

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Child Psychiatry

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ADHD and Autism

Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Arizona, California, Illinois

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

244 Answers
84 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Sensory interpretation difficulties are common in the autism spectrum. Social awkwardness is the cornerstone and if that is not present, then the di... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many factors: Including risk from addiction to drugs by the parent, a single parent household/ absence of stable father figure, the child's own behavioral issues an... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Visit doc: He could be having reflux or at least have his doc rule out a medical reason for this- would not want you to miss it. Having ruled that out, it is mo... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Coordinate Drs.: If indeed you are having such symptoms, at least a visit to urgent care is recommended and if you feel you are at risk of harm to self or others a cal... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Takes more.: Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play. Prefer to be alone/not seeking to... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
There is help: Please see a therapies quickly and make sure they are well versed in CBT which is cognitive behavioral therapy. This is the type of therapy that is mo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: In general this can be a side effect but only for a minority of people. Discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Problem solve: If this has been going on for more than a couple of days. Call your doctor to get in to see them. The main thing with diarrhea is fluid loss. So hy... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Child. Psych: Should be seen to evaluate this question. Essentially looking to other reasons for poor attention or impulsivity hyperactivity problems eg. Psychosrim... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Please don't do this: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR will pass through the breast milk. Good thing is that if you don't repeat this, it will take ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
See ur psychiatrist: As soon as you can to explore the risks and benefits of treatment. take care.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Coordinate Drs.: With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the preg... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Criteria is more.: Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play. Prefer to be alone/not seeking to... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Depends: In general, antidepressants known as SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, on Lexapro (escitalopram) are always top shelf treatment for either anxiety... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not safe!: Maximum dose is 70 mg per day. Please discuss with your dr./psychiatrist as soon as possible regarding your concerns about why you're thinking ab... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes! Memory problems: with Ativan- be careful. Without question, ssri's: paxil (paroxetine), (paroxetine) (fluoxetine (Prozac), zoloft etc) are anxiety top shelf treatment.... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Less effective: Many studies have shown that the anti-epileptics (which as a group are used also to treat bipolar disorder, that and the second generation antipsychot... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Conflicting evidence: Although WHO has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to people. So no one knows but there are ways to minimized... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Absolutely!: Tachycardia ( a fast heart rate) is part and parcel of a panic attack. Also can have shortness of breath, dizziness, or feelings something terrible wi... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: 2 additional years in a University setting which is called a child fellowship. This is after completing the 4 year adult psychiatric training in res... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
First medical: First medical causes need to be ruled out by your regular doctor looking for a cause for such emotional regulation. If that is not fruitful then they... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not correlation: Should discuss with the neurologist on what it likely represents . But I can tell you it is not known to have a significant correlation with autism ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the person... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the person... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Depends: Any stress, such as insecure attachment situation, can make easier expression of a genetic vulnerability be it depression, anxiety, or mental health s... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Remember : anxiety is worry, tension, obsessions, or panic attacks. Bipolar symptoms are grandiosity (believe self is at higher level of authority), racing thoug... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Help her Coordinate Drs.: With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the preg... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
No, ask doc about:: Unfortunately not uncommon for effexor (venlafaxine) and other norepinephrine increasing antidepressants (eg cymbalta, less so wellbutrin) to cause r... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Steamline, ssri: Is probably all you need. The difference in treatment for anxiety requires more robust doses than for treatment of depression alone. Effexor (ven... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Major: A child with social anxiety can learn to dial down anxiety w/ the right therapy (CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and /or medication-to remission.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Special ed: The parent needs to type a letter to formally request an IEP (indiviualized educational program) from the school. Then they are federally mandated to... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
None: There is no clinical correlation in these structures which are not in the brain matter itself and makes CSF. I can tell you that imaging studies sh... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Anxiety : This is a manifestation of anxiety and is mostly a social reactions to cope. Happening in the school setting and not at home usually. Teachers shou... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Coordinate Drs.: With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the preg... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
How old is child: Younger they are, the more concrete examples like storms and strong weather changes that take over your feelings.Others have used a roller coaster me... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Based on DSM but...: Keep in mind that mood swings are much more rapid- the younger the child e.g. Multiple mood swings per day, barely provoked e.g just hearing the word... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
The big three: Risk of harm to self, risk of harm to others, sustained impairment in function. What do I mean? If a child is reaching for knives, running into the... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Coordinate Drs.: If indeed you are having such symptoms, at least a visit to urgent care is recommended and if you feel you are at risk of harm to self or others a cal... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Absolutely!: Any psychiatric disorder is possible with exceedingly low thyroid function. The best way to tease this apart is for three physicians to collaborate:... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Its not for insomnia: Abilify (aripiprazole) is a second generation antipsychotic that works in the role of mood stabilizing in its indication for use in bipolar disorder. ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
None known: Axepta aka atemoxetine aka strattera (atomoxetine). No major long term issues on ADHD. Main issue is that is is not a psychostimulant and if the c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Contraindications: Drugs anti seizure drugs like Depakote and lamotrigine are contraindicated in pregnancy due to birth defect stemming from firt trimester exposure. Pl... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Absolutely!: Any psychiatric disorder is possible with exceedingly low thyroid function, even psychosis. The best way to tease this apart is for three physicians... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
You can give info: In general you have the ability to give details of your concerns to her psychiatrist and they in turn would then have the responsibility of rendering ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
A technical point: adhd symptoms really should be understood to be part and parcel of aspergers. In DSM, it is incorrect to make a second diagnosis of adhd if the chil... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Too much of the same: imedication is what I see in this list. You are taking two ssri's: never indicated Particularly because it can compound side effects in such intracla... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Regular: Routine aerobic exercise combined with mild to moderate weight lifting 2-3 times per week,for 30min to 1hr. Intensity: each time until shirt is drippi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Depends on u: Everyone is different. Most published dose ranges say range per day is 40 mg- 250 mg per day. But if you're having any concern about side effects ple... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Regular: Routine aerobic exercise combined with mild to moderate weight lifting 2-3 times per week,for 30min to 1hr. Intensity: each time until shirt is drippi... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes if...: You are susceptible e.g. family history in parents of bipolar disorder. This phenomenon is called kindling e.g. Zoloft (sertraline) and others can t... Read More

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Dr. Barrios is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Barrios is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I called my doctor and he got me in right away! He lowered the dose for me . My tummy is still not happy though, but I'm used to that from the celiac
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I See a VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Psychiatrist, he specializes in this. I was just on Dexedrine 60mg /daily he added 100mg Tofranil, he likes it for ADD
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I just started them both today 75 wellbutrin 40straterra is that normal? every anxiety pill they give me takes months and I need something now

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL
Completed 2004

Awards

Jay Hirsch Award
House-staff Spirit Award, Lutheran General Hospital
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Publications

11/2005: Principal Investigator, Prescribing Patterns of Alpha Agonists in a population of Children and Adolescents in the Foster Care System in the S...
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