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Dr. Patricia Foster

Psychiatry
Boulder, CO
45 years experience female

Locations

Patricia L. Foster, M.D., LLC

Boulder, CO

Address

4770 Baseline Rd, Suite 200, Boulder, CO, United States
Directions

Fax

2039302804

About

Bio

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I completed a Master’s degree in Special Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I then went to medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine followed by my psychiatry residency there also. Post-residency I completed a two year fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a one year fellowship in psychopharmacological research (both fellowships) at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC. I am board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry. I love being a psychiatrist and being able to make to make a difference in people’s lives. I practice the biopsychosocial model of psychiatry.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Colorado, Connecticut

Doctor Q&A

865 Answers
2.8K Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sometimes: If you are more anxious and depressed since starting birth control, it may be a side effect. Compare your mood and anxiety level since being on birth ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Lasting effects: I hope you get help as soon as possible to stop smoking THC. Please read: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/can-marijua... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Caution dissolving: Ask your doctor if your medication comes in a liquid or concentrate form. Some long-acting medications are not effective if broken or dissolved. Check... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Possibly: Smoking marijuana is bad for your body in so many ways (see link below) that a fever should be a time to stop, cut the physical stress of mj in your s... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Secondhand pot smoke: Children exposed to marijuana smoke might be more vulnerable to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death syndrome). childhood cancers, low birth weight and neuro dev... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Talk to MD: Why are you told to stop these meds cold turkey? Please review with doctor for reason. Unusual in my experience to stop meds with doses you're on abru... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Check with surgeon: Suggest you ask your bariatric surgeon and nurse practitioner (usually on the surgical team) what to do. They are experienced with these type of quest... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See MD: I'm not sure what you mean by "heart dropping feeling" but your tingling hands could be due to several things eg. anxiety or medication side effects.... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Talk to doctor: Please consider other factors before taking more meds for sleeping: recent stress, your intake of alcohol, other meds prescribed or OTC, recent health... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Look online..: Go online to your health insurance website and get names of psychiatrists near you who take your insurance. Go online to local hospital/medical center... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See a therapist: It sounds like you are in more emotional pain than your father who says hurtful things to you then denies he did. Suggest you see a therapist who may ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
?situational: You're only 29 and taking prenatal vitamins. Are you pregnant? If memory/conc problems started with or became worse with pregnancy or trying to become... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Hmm...: Am not aware of any studies that support what you say. Where did you read that information? I've not found that true in my experience either with pati... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Having bipolar disorder means needing treatment to lead a happier life socially and professionally. Therapy and med management are both important and ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Ans: You need to see your pcp for exam and proper diagnosis. Be sure to tell doctor meds you currently take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco/caffeine use. Your do... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Needs monitoring: Probably ok to just switch, although tapering Prozac and gradually adding Lexapro (escitalopram) is another approach. Bottom line: be sure you are clo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Can what?: Do you mean you don't know if you can take the colonoscopy prep? If you're feeling too ill from fibromyalgia or migraine, call GI doctor to discuss an... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Best to see MD: You should be seen in person as soon as possible by a psychiatrist to evaluate and diagnose your mental state. Diagnosing mania can be complicated, r... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Caution: Nyquil and many cold/cough OTC meds contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, which can interact with serotonergic antidepressants like Prozac (f... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Memory loss: Anxiety is one of many possible causes of memory loss in a teenager. Other possible causes are alcohol, drug use, medications, stress, head trauma, sl... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Ok to take: Augmentin + Effexor (venlafaxine) show no significant drug interactions. Best wishes.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Difficulty breathing: Sleep deprivation may cause mental and physical problems including memory impairment, depression, increased blood pressure, weight gain. That said, fo... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See your pcp: You're reporting multiple symptoms that may or may not be related and have numerous possible causes. See your pcp for exam and proper diagnosis withou... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: If Prozac (fluoxetine) does not keep you awake with bedtime dose, fine to take then. Many prefer a morning dose. Take consistently same time each day ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See doctor: Rash may or may not be from Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). Don't know how long you've been on this med, dose etc. There are man... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Wellbutrin (bupropion) s/e: Good question. Increased blood pressure is an uncommon or rare side effect of Wellbutrin (bupropion). Discuss with prescribing doctor if blood pressur... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See doctor: Do you feel faint or dizzy with blood pressure changes? See your pcp to find cause, including possible side effects from meds, although abrupt blood ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Caution: Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) interacts with Venlafaxine to increase side effects of Vyanse, eg, jitteriness, anxiety. Taking both meds also increases r... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Re-starting Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) dosing goes more by clinical response than by weight. If you've done well on a certain dose in the past, restarting that do... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Smoking and stress: Many people smoke more when they feel stressed. So learning better ways to handle stress will help you to stop smoking. You may benefit from working w... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Anniversary reaction: You are likely having an anniversary reaction to a the loss of a loved one or some other traumatic experience. Vit D is an unlikely factor because of ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depression info.: Good question; but too little space here for such a broad topic. However, like many disorders, depression can range from very mild to severe. Depressi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Adult ADHD: Diagnosing ADHD in adults for the first time requires a careful history and evaluation to document onset in childhood. If childhood onset not clear, o... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Panic attack help: See your pcp to rule out medical causes for panic attack physical symptoms, eg., hormonal, cardiac, etc. Can only say physical symptoms are anxiety-ba... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See your doctor: There can be many reasons for decreased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea and anxiety. Start with your pcp to rule out medical causes. If all points to ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: Good you know that googling is triggering more anxiety. Try to distract yourself with something fun like listening to music, taking a walk/go running ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: There are many causes of short-term memory loss eg, medications, head injuries, stroke, dementia, depression, brain tumor, alcohol abuse, etc. Treatme... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Meds and more..: See your prescribing MD to discuss your meds. Suggest you see an experienced mental health therapist to get support and learn coping strategies to cut... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
?side effect: Tell your doctor about the "pressure feeling in your head." He/she may want to first rule out a side effect of increased Zispin dose and/or any drug i... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Unlikely: Your doctor is tapering you slowly, which is cautious and sound. Your dose is very small. You should be fine. If you feel any malaise or not quite ri... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Safe: Yes it's safe to drink Red Bull, mainly caffeine and sugar, and then take panadol (acetaminophen).
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Review with doctor: Agree with comments made by others re drug interactions and need to justify each med. Meantime, write down each med/dose/when started/possible side ef... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
No: You're young and already have had alcohol-caused liver disease. Avoid addictive substances/drug use. Exercise, meditate, limit caffeine, go to A... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Prescription only: Depending on symptoms for which you took Zoloft, Wellbutrin (bupropion) may be a good alternative not likely to cause weight gain. However, this med i... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See doctor: You're too young for vision to decline. See your eye doctor for exam and proper diagnosis. Take care.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See doctor: Daily alcohol use can cause dehydration and hair loss. There are other reasons for hair loss so best to see your pcp to get a proper diagnosis. Be hon... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
See doctor: Trazodone and paxil (paroxetine) can interact to increase brain serotonin levels. See your doctor treating you for seizures to evaluate headache. Revi... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Get help: You're likely having symptoms from abruptly stopping lithium. Should not be stopped without medical supervision for this reason and to monitor your me... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Please clarify: There is a "heart in there" but normally we don't hear/ think about our heart beating. Do you mean you feel your heart "pounding" or you're having so... Read More

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Oct 9, 2015
Dr. Foster is warm,witty and wonderful! Combined with brains and looks, what more could we ask of anybody? Her answers are sound medically and often inspiring. Plus she's truly generous in her suppo...Read More
I strongly endorse and recommend Dr. Patricia Foster as an expert in child and adult psychiatry. She is clinically astute, compassionate, incisive, and articulate, Dr. Foster is a tremendous asset to ...Read More
Jul 2, 2015
Dr. Foster provides excellent advice in a wonderful manner. I'm very happy to have an opportunity to learn from her replies and know she is helping so many patients. What an asset!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks I know it's an expense but feel she should be kept on Concerta if it's working and not because of the cost and my husband's health insurance which is th...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Saw my Dr. went off it for now... as side effects wear off we may try a lower dose or switch to Effexor. I seem to need a little boost from my antidepressant not one th...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for this brief thorough description. My 11 year old son suffers from add and every medication I have put him on makes him sick depressed. I'm trying to...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn

Residency

MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Connecticut - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Connecticut - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, Third Place, Bridgeport Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American Academy Of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Boulder County Medical Society
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