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Dr. James Van norman

Psychiatry
Elmhurst, NY
35 years experience

Locations

Office

Elmhurst, NY

Address

40-22 80th St. , Elmhurst, NY
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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.

Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Colorado, New York, Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

72 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
A number of reasons: Psychiatric medications frequently treat symptoms rather than causes. In some cases meds like Invega (paliperidone) can help stabilize mood swings or ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Discuss with doc: I'm assuming you're taking these meds under a doctor's supervision and not just seeing how they make you feel. If prescribed for a condition where the... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
You have options: Congratulations about deciding to quit. Use the national Quit line for support. Simplest is using over the counter nicotine replacement. Not as effect... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Can be dangerous without good medical support. Detox allows your body to adjust to going without alcohol without the heightened risk of seizures, hall... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
This is tough.: Schizophrenia is a chronic and challenging illness. Emergency rooms are when people are at risk of dying from whatever cause and requiring attention i... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Sometimes the flu: Can cause these symptoms but you should talk with your doctor as it sounds like your depression might be getting a little worse.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not an easy answer: In the amphetamine class, at comparable doses, they are all equally "powerful". On the street cocaine and crystal meth are incredibly dangerous and st... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
A lot potentially: Drowsiness, jittery, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, "spacey" feeling, heart rhythm changes, dizziness. I'm assuming this is experimentation, not a ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
See your doctor!: You need a full evaluation to be sure you don't have something like atrial fibrillation.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Unlikely: See your family medicine doctor. You don't mention a fever, but you may well have a community acquired pneumonia.
A female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Something to questio: Not sure of your age, use of oral contraceptives, activity level and various other factors. Discuss with your doctor, but needs an evaluation.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Unlikely: But you and your doctor decided stopping Percocet was the right course for you. Restarting even one dose suggests you're back on the road to a relapse... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: The rhythm method offers some protection against pregnancy, or gives some idea of fertility for those trying to conceive, but it isn't fool proof. Ovu... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Marijuana naive?: If you've never tried marijuana before, you might still be noticing some effects. It's not common, but you might still have enough in your system to a... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Why?: Switching is fairly straightforward, but why are you thinking of switching? If mirtazapine isn't working, that's one set of questions. If you're havin... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
3 days: Half life of valproate sodium and valproic acid is 16 hours. Steady state is reached at 3 1/2 half lives--i.e. 62 hours. For ease of calculation, 72 h... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Side effect zyprexa (olanzapine): Zyprexa blocks dopamine receptors which leads to increased prolactin. While not directly related to ovulation, your body most likely is overriding the... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Pain is broad issue: Diffuse, non specific aches and pains without a specific locale can suggest depression. Chronic pain, type and location will help your doctor localize... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Probably the same: Amount of neurological damage as X without an SSRI.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
No such thing: There's no entity called Tri-polar disorder. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Go to the emergency: Withdrawal is a concern. Any other medications, alcohol or street drugs recently stopped abruptly? Abrupt discontinuation of high alcohol intake or me... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Fears like this: Should be addressed with a therapist. Realistically, you can't get pregnant not even a sexually transmitted disease in the ways you're worrying about.... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Many medications: Are effective. The first step is an accurate diagnosis. Next is to determine where you currently are in this phase of your condition, if you've got on... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Lithium toxicity: Can occur at doses very close to therapeutic dosing. 0.5mEq/kg/d usually puts a person at about 1.5 mEq/L serum levels. For a 70 kg person with normal... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: My rule of thumb is, if zero response in 4 weeks, probably time to increase dose or change meds. If partial response, wait the full 6 wks and consider... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes, but...: Weaning off methadone can also be done by a patient, careful, supervised reduction in methadone alone. That's certainly a cleaner way to move off all ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
It's for sleep-wake: Disorders. Narcolepsy or shift workers who have trouble staying awake for their new shifts. Also fatigue in multiple sclerosis. May inhibit uptake of ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Probably not flu: It could suggest a kidney and/ or bladder infection or other process involving your kidneys. See your doctor soon.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: The bleeding indicates your uterus sloughing off the previous months build up of tissue in anticipation of a pregnancy. 10 days post menses (bleeding)... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Unlikely: A single episode like this isn't mich of a worry. Still, I'd find another cleaner. Equally, you might reconsider your use of disinfecting sprays. Look... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes it can: We usually try to avoid that sort of combination of anti anxiety treatment and a stimulant. You're on a very low dose of Zoloft (sertraline) even for ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
It might: Hopefully you've been on oral haloperidol before this test dose and it helped your condition. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms as there are m... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Information!: Tough to answer without knowing the type of cancer. Most people as ill as your friend already know something is seriously wrong. He needs to be told w... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Postural or after?: Medication response is very individual. If you notice you're feeling light headed upon arising from bed or after lying down a while, this might be add... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Sometimes: If your chronic pain is a symptom of, or worsened by depression, then it can help as your depression improves. True nerve pain can be greatly helped b... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Probably not: Sex can be complex and it's a conversation between two people, not all your responsibility. A discussion with your gynecologist is a great place to st... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Generally, you're ok: Your doctor should be aware of your current meds and adjust dosing of all of them to deal with acute pain. Opiate pain killers probably aren't helpful... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
A good study setting: Many people have difficulty studying because of sleep problems, trying to study in a bad environment--TV, music on, children playing in the room, othe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Don't: Neither substance should have a high effect when smoked/burned. On the other hand, the things that go to make a pill aren't meant to be inhaled and ar... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Otherwise healthy?: If yes, then that's a consideration. You're pretty young to have anything more serious unless there are other symptoms. You don't mention being anxiou... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Sure: Not sure if you're asking whether the manufacturers include ingredients to which a vegan might object. The health benefits of appropriately prescribed... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Unknown: Sexual and gender identity is a highly complex multifactorial process. If there's a purely brain based cause, we don't have a clue.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Go see your doctor: Chronic cough with phlegm (color, amount?) may indicate need for more active medical intervention.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Guessing not working: You're on a fairly low dose of sertraline. Talk with your doctor about a dose increase.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Welcome to humanity: Most of us find that our minds have loops they fall into. If you find these repeating songs are troubling you, it's worth discussion with a psychiatri... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
0.5mg is lowest: Nice thing about clonazepam is with its long 1/2 life, detox is pretty easy. In a community setting, I'd probably cut the dose by 1 mg each step targe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
If used as directed.: 1-2 days of this at night while you get through your cold is fine. More chronic use suggests a need to discuss with your doctor. In any case let him k... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
You need a doctor: Lithium is a very effective medicine and it requires a doctor monitoring your blood levels and how your system is responding to the medicine. Refills ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not so you'd notice: I guess that some extremely sensitive tests might detect some tar and nicotine in your partner's saliva, but highly unlikely that there's enough there... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Van norman
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Ues: Albuterol has those as side effects. If it's a new development since you started, this may indicate other changes in your metabolism. Discuss with you... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Van norman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Van norman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Many thanks. I too feel my pain is due to depression as does my psychiatrist. Hopefully the ad's will help with this also.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Remeron isn't working that's why I want to switch. Thanks for the help
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. This is for my daughter.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, TX
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

University Health Sciences Center Houston

Awards

Top Psychiatrist , Third Place, National - Fall
2014
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