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Dr. Owen Scott

Clinical Psychology
Baton Rouge, LA
40 years experience male

Locations

The Psychology Clinic

Baton Rouge, LA

Address

7936 B Wrenwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(225) 928-7102

About

Bio

Besides being in private practice in Baton Rouge for 32 years, I teach at LSU (Honors College) and play guitar in a band. My wife of 35 years is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at LSU. We have three wonderful adult daughters. My philosophy is holistic and I help adult clients with a wide range of individual and relationship issues. I have extensive experience treating PTSD including many very severe and complex cases. Feel free to ask me anything.

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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: Louisiana

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

50 Answers
46 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
They activate: physiological functions generally through various neurotransmitter systems. Common examples include caffeine, nicotine, pseudoephedrine, amphetamines ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It's effective: Studies indicate SSRIs including fluvoxamine (Luvos) sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil) can reduce ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Don't stop abruptly: You should only discontinue Lexapro (escitalopram) or any similar antidepressant gradually under your doctor's supervision as you may experience serio... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes: But, the key to using any relaxation method with insomnia is to concentrate on relaxing, not on falling sleep. Mindfulness meditation, deep muscle rel... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes: A great deal of research supports the benefits of a pet. The reasons? Love without complicated demands. Companionship. Increased activity. Feeling n... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes.: Anxiety that causes persistent distress, worry & interferes with daily life is a serious medical condition affecting 40 million adults in the US (... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
No: According to the CDC, US men have higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependence (17% lifetime) than women (8%). Men also have much higher rates of inju... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Not as effective: as SSRIs such as sertraline (Zoloft) and citrapolam (Celexa) which produce an average of 40-60% reduction in OCD symptoms. Busipirone (Buspar) may hav... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Sounds like: a doctor diagnosed this. Paranoia goes beyond extreme fear/anxiety in that the person believes something very unlikely (the CIA is after me, ) or biza... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Some do: Spirituality is an important dimension of life involving thought, emotion and behavior. Holistic health practitioners support the development of their... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Analysis of triggers: Decoding or trigger decoding is a concept developed by Robert J. Langs (1928-2014), psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who wrote extensively on his theor... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Viewed holistically: the distinction between physical & emotional health is artificial. Healthy diet & eating practices are an essential part of mental as well as ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Self-awareness: Regular journaling of your inner and outer experiences can help you become conscious of thoughts, feelings and behavior, allowing you to see patterns.... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
One that doesn't: Quite a few web pages state that caffeine consumption causes a drop in serotonin. Not true- caffeine works directly on adenosine receptors. It also le... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Additional info: Dissociation is a normal mental function. The first two replies make valid points about trauma-related dissociative disorders. A wide range of dissoci... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Power and control: Two excellent answers already. Abusers use physical and emotional violence and intimidation to keep the partner in a one down position. Exercising pow... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Hard to say: without knowing what s/he said. Dissociation is an ability we all have to separate aspects of our psyche that are normally smoothly integrated. This a... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Passive aggressive: behavior may be what you're describing. Society teaches many of us to repress anger so we're reluctant to speak up when we feel offended. Like a chemi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Support groups help: by bringing together people affected by OCD but are not treatment, i.e., interventions directly improving or curing the condition. Effective treatment... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
I'll add: it's good you're taking care of basics like diet & exercise. Sleep disturbance results from your mind attempting to process trauma- the activation... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
No: Sociopathy (sometimes called psychopathy) is a personality trait characterized by demonstrated lack of regard for the rights and well-being of others,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Many kinds: Stimulants are drugs that activate physiological processes by acting on neurotransmitters. Caffeine based products liked Vivarin (caffeine) are an exa... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It's normal: Masturbation is a normal behavior of sexually developed men (95%) and women (89%) and is an element of healthy sexuality for most people. It is not a ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Useful: Studies show SSRI's such as Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) are effective with 70% of OCD patients. Venlafaxine (a SNRI) has been found to... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It's effective: Studies indicate SSRIs including sertraline, fluoxetine (Prozac), citalopram (Celexa) and paroxetine (Paxil) can reduce OCD symptoms by 40-60%. SSRIs... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
What's wrong w/it?: Feeling inadequate is very common, even for people who seem to have it together. From a early age we feel ashamed due to criticism, punishment or emba... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Great answers here: People who become psychologists are real people who don't start out perfectly adjusted or knowing everything they need to know. I decided to become a ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Not effective: Aversion therapy (positive punishment) is not appropriate for OCD. Exposure+Response Prevention and Cognitive Therapy work best. E+RP is a structured ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Not well: Mental illness can lead to being homeless. A large percentage (20-25%) of homeless people suffer from severe mental illness and/or substance abuse com... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Neither: Psilocybin is a naturally occurring serotonin agonist meaning it activates serotonin receptors. Unlike prescription SSRIs, which keep serotonin active... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Good info: Start by learning about PTSD at the National Center for PTSD web page http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ If your Dad is a veteran, some good books are out... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
If by illegal: you mean "bootleg" drugs manufactured illegally (e.g., methamphetamine), the difference is a prescription drug is made under govt regulation to insure... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Danger: If a patient poses an immediate danger to cause grave harm to self or someone else or is completely unable to care for self, and refuses necessary car... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Most definitely: Music has been associated with healing since ancient times. Rather than being a curative for specific conditions, the powerful effects of music are ge... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
PTSD: (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). Years ago, I consulted at a hospital program for sexual trauma. It was difficult to engage the adolescents in group ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Danger: As two docs rightly say, when a patient poses an immediate danger to cause grave harm to self or someone else or is completely unable to care for self... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Coach or therapist?: Life coaching is a newer approach to helping people change. The distinction is cloudy but psychotherapy is treatment for problems that cause distress... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It's an indication: that something important is at stake. Emotions are our natural means of knowing what matters to us. Sadness, anger and fear are normal emotions that d... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of con... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Many: The gardener is literally in touch with the earth. The dedicated gardener experiences the life cycle of growth from beginning to end, cultivating mind... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Coping: Huntington's is an inherited disease of the brain that cannot be cured at present by medical treatment. Medical care can alleviate the symptoms a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It's promising: Recent studies indicate Cognitive Therapy or CT in a group format is effective at reducing symptoms of OCD. Earlier studies found two psychological ap... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Getting help: A start would be you or your friend contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. More info in on their web page. http://www.su... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
See a doctor: If you don't have one, contact a local Mental Health America affiliate for help. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/ Or check the Depression and Bi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Truth is the teacher: and we are the students. Well-being comes through open-minded learning from reliable sources and ongoing personal experiments to see what works for yo... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes: but the effect is complicated and depends on the quality of the marriage. In very broad terms, a marriage where both partners are committed, communica... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
It sounds like: you have mixed feelings about whether marriage is for you. This could be for many different reasons. Consulting a professional counselor or therapist,... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
You're not insane: but in most cases, 6 years gone after he left for someone else says he didn't appreciate you then and still doesn't. Married 18 years w/3 children, it... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
A small word: with a universe of meanings. "In love" is an obsessive infatuation. It feels great but it's overrated as being 'true love.' Mature love is different. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Yes: DID is caused by prolonged abuse during childhood. Being unable to escape from the situation, the child's brain adapts and survives via natural mechan... Read More

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After a few hours of reading Dr. Scott's responses, I feel that we are fortunate to have access to wonderfully talented mental health professional. He provides caring and well thought out answers th...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This is the context I've sought! Many assume you mean disorder, but I wanted an articulation of the root thing. I realize when Ive used a drug to help cope with depressi...Read More
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good!
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Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

West Virginia University
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MED CENTER
Completed 1982

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Baton Rouge Region - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Baton Rouge Region - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Baton Rouge Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies
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