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Dr. Rick Barnett

Clinical Psychology
Stowe, VT
19 years experience male

Locations

BPS HEALTH, LLC

Stowe, VT

Address

56 Old Farm Rd, Stowe, VT
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(888) 923-3476

About

Bio

Education and training background includes clinical psychology, addiction, psychopharmacology, geriatric psychology, assessment and diagnosis, with the use of several theoretical frameworks and therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, motivational enhancement, 12-step facilitation, recovery coaching, and mindfulness based practices. Other background info: Native of Stowe, Vt. with an active lifestyle. Lived in NYC for 14 years to pursue and complete my education, clinical training and begin my career in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment. Currently reside and practice in the Stowe Vt area. Have been immersed in healthcare reform efforts through my role as President and Past-President of the Vt Psych Assoc.

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: New York, Vermont

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

94 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Blood pressure: Clonidine is treats high blood pressure and is sometimes used in an opioid withdrawal medication protocol. In my experience, it is only mildly helpful... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Short answer - no!: addiction does not discriminate. However, there are physical differences such as alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that breaks down alcohol) between certa... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Unlikely : You're unlikely to have significant side effects from tapering from 20 to 10 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram).
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Invega Sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) is sustained release formulation of Paliperidone. Paliperidone is active metabolite of risperidone, a common ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Debatable: Great question that is hotly debated. Is cannabis (THC/CBD) medicinal for all kinds of conditions or does it exacerbate underlying mental health or ne... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
By choice: Patient preference is best. Those who find it makes them tired may wish to take it at night. Those who find it activating may take it in the morning. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Preference?: This could be broken into 3 choices (or more) depending on your preference: 1) Stop Bupe now and wrestle through about 7-10 days withdrawal which will... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Polypharmacy: While this combination may work for some, there are a few concerning things: 1. Lexapro (escitalopram) and Amitryptiline are contraindicated (may caus... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
With Continuous Use: Stimulants activate the nervous system and overuse on a daily basis may make one feel on "overdrive". Discontinuing regular use may actually leave one... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Ignore: Bipolar Disorder is disabling but before pharmacotherapy or in conjunction, get into psychotherapy.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Safe is relative : Drinking more than moderately increases risk of accidents, health problems, legal and social conflict, and emotional difficulty. So, alcohol in more t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Try this: If one struggles with symptoms of anxiety, there are ways to learn more about it. Try to remain non-judgmental and avoid labeling oneself as 'having' ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Not common but...: Sertraline (Zoloft) is not commonly associated with weight gain though individual variability is significant in response to SSRI side effects. For som... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
SSRI and sex drive: Consult prescribing provider. One may find that either Lexapro (escitalopram) or Valium (diazepam) alone or in combination affect sex drive. Options: ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Drug interactions: Check drug or food interactions. This drug is not approved in US. Common drug interaction are anticholinergic meds (like diphenhydramine), tricyclics ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Some options...: Bupropion (Wellbutrin) is sometimes used for ADD. You may also have success with non-drug alternatives for ADD. Check this out: http://www.healthline.... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Long: Suboxone (Buprenorphine) has an exceptionally long 1/2 life. It can take up to 72 hours for your body to process an 8mg dose down to a 4mg dose. It ca... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Safe: Yes. It's safe and approved for anxiety. However, it's important to monitor yourself for racing thoughts, excessive agitation/irritability, or physica... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Not sure if it will interfere with conception but here are some resources to help you consider perspectives. http://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/sertr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Lyrica (pregabalin) and Emotions!: Be mindful of the effects of Lyrica (pregabalin) on your mental and emotional health. While considered helpful for neuropathy and perhaps even mood st... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Likely, Maybe Mild: You have been on 2.5mg/day for a month. Now you are down to 1.25mg/day. Since you haven't been on Olanzapine for too long, eventually stopping altoget... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Ok. Not Great. : Those amounts aren't too high, especially if your body is somewhat familiar with these meds. However, they do act synergistically to slow your breathi... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Seek consukt: May or may not be associated w/bupropion withdrawal. Here's an interesting article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/going-off-an... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Great question: It is a both/and answer. That is, quitting drinking, eating health diet and B12 (and other vitamins) supplementation will restore healthier functionin... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Likely Discontinue: Check with your prescribing provider. It seems as though you're having an adverse reaction to this medication. But, drowsiness is an unusual side effe... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Not a waste: The experience of having no response to bupropion (or perhaps any med) rules out the usefulness of that medication which is helpful to note for future... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Anxiety gets better: With treatment. You are starting to reach out. Treatment works. What is treatment? First, get a personal/professional referral for a known and/or high... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many Options: To Help Treat Addictive Disorders: Community Supports (Recovery Centers or 12-Step Meetings), Individual Counselor or Agencies Licensed in Addictions ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Paraphilia: Paraphilia is an umbrella term for less common sexually-related mental health conditions. Necrophilia is considered a paraphilia similar to the way pe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Try to Taper : Options to overcome Vicodin or addiction to any opioid pain medication: 1. Taper over 2 weeks to minimum dose then stop with help of social support, e... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
New Landscape: The landscape around sex, porn, relationships in young people is rapidly changing. With the explosion of social media, sexting, digital porn and virtu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Slowly...: 60 0.25mg tablets remaining...current use is 3mg or 12/day. One approach would be to reduce to 8 per day x 2 days, then 6 per day x 2 days, then 4 per... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
To stop addiction...: One must come to terms with what addiction does for a person (positive) rather than what it does to a person (negative). Often, it's only the negative... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Depends..: In Blood, active THC can show up for 24-48hrs at most, but inactive THC-COOH can show up for several days in blood if person was a heavy daily user. H... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes!: While adverse childhood experiences can have negative affects later in life, getting treatment, especially talk therapy, can improve quality of life d... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Call 911: Any answer to this question provided here must include the recommendation to call 911, call a healthcare provider if you have one, or go to emergency ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Consult Prescriber: Consulting your prescribing provider is a first step. You will find that lowering your dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) from 20mg to 15mg may not have a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Best Practice...: May be best not to have a beer though we all recognize that is unrealistic for some people. However, studies have shown that people with moderate to s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Ignore: Talk therapy is equal to or better than medication for mental health, WITHOUT physical side effects.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Could be opposite: Exercise may increase craving for sweets related to glucose, glycogen stores, and carbohydrate processing. However, the psychological benefits of exer... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Emotions...: The amygdala is and integral part of the limbic system in the brain deeply connected to emotional processing, learning, and memory. Having the amygdal... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Skeptical: A healthy dose of questioning is good. The makers of Cymbalta are under fire for deceptive marketing of this medication, though it's definitely helpfu... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Many options: Meds for depression are one in a number of ways to improve depression. First, get an assessment with a qualified mental health provider. Your depress... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Not dangerous : You are correct that taking Lamotrigine and Sertraline at the same time each day is not necessary. Your anxiety, however, may or may not be irrational... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Not recommended...: The Mirtazapine (Remeron) is fine. Elavil (amitriptyline) oral and Lexapro or escitalopram oral both increase affecting serotonin levels in the blood.... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Medical Consult: I notice the meds listed. Yes, there is a mental component to anxiety, panic, worry and an inability to self-soothe. Also, there may be med interactio... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Yes: Yes
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Cold Turkey?: A "home remedy" for opioid withdrawal would be amazing. To my knowledge, none exist except Cold Turkey with or without Marijuana. Yep. Weed. The Canna... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Do not despair...: Loss of appetite due to depression and/or anxiety is common but problematic for many reasons: impact on energy, weight loss, brain function, motivatio... Read More

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This was very helpful. Thanks! i used to take claratin and now take zyrtec only on day of my allery shots which are antihistamines with no problem. i found out vistaril is one so stopped it now i vomi...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Helpful. I'm 47, in shape. Deciding between disc replacement, fusion or many years on lyrica as the disc is simply not improving. I do wonder what the long term effects ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Barnett. I have had blood tests, urine and fecal tests & everything has come back negative. I'm going see my Dr. today about it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Vermont - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Vermont - Spring
2015
Top Clinical Psychologist, First Place, Vermont - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Vermont Psychological Association
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