Dr. Carlos Barrios

Child Psychiatry
Santa Barbara, CA
25 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

Thursday: 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
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Absolutely!: Autistic children have high degree of need for sameness and anything new will need to be introduced more piecemeal than what you would usually think. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Rarer in children: Than bipolar 1. And for good reason since it is a milder type of bipolar and often dependent on relational problems as a marker. So its subtlety g... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ignore: A psychiatrist needs to treat it firstly with meds then with a therapist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
See psychiatrist : The psychiatrist will need to do a full history and do an involuntary movement test called an AIMS test.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
The meds: The one thing that stands out about this regimen is the oxymorphone which is an opiate for moderate to strong pain. So this could cause anhedonia b... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Doses too low: These are minimal dose of each medication and as such these medications will tend to have an effect for only a few hours. Regular adder all is alway... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
See ur psychiatrist: As soon as you can to explore the risks and benefits of treatment. take care.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes, it happens: If a teen/child is having major rages, aggression and rapid mood changed multiple times per day, then have the pediatrician rule out medical causes. I... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
The doc prescribing: Is the one you should speak to now to voice your concerns first most. And maybe they can help you find a different psychiatrist with a shorter waiti... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
This symptom : Is not associated with seroquel (quetiapine) . Are you taking any other medications that could be causing this. Or could be a medical condition. Call... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Two possibilities: Yes, Adderall itself can cause tachycardia. Remicade (infliximab). also has cardiovascular side effects including hyportension-when the body has low ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Child testing: First it would be good to get psychometrics done via psychologist who can to testing batteries to take stock of where your daughter is at developmenta... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Mostly genetic: The strongest evidence is that genes comprise a much bigger part of the pie influencing this outcome. There is a variety of evidence that only weak... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
It could be anxiety: But first see your doctor to rule out any medical cause. If it then seems likely that anxiety is indeed the issue and adjustment in lexapro (escit... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 years experience
Why abilify (aripiprazole)?: Am concerned about a teen being placed on 15mg of ability for depression. Not indicated for that. And yes, this is a robust dose of this second gene... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 25 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
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Mar 30, 2015
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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