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Dr. Silva Medical Doctor

Specialty: Psychiatry
Austin, Texas
I am a Board-certified psychiatrist with almost 15 years of experience diagnosing and treating mental illness. Psychiatrists are physicians, so I did go to medical school and complete a four-year postgraduate residency training program. While obviously I subscribe to, and am heavily influenced by,... Full Bio
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Medications A-Z: The Prozac Family (SSRIs) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants today are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the so-called "Prozac family" of medications, of w ... Read on »
How to Engage in Meaningful, Successful Psychotherapy by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health More people than ever before are seeking professional counseling services. Thankfully, the stigma of seeing a mental health professional is waning and people are becoming ... Read on »
How to Pick A Good Therapist by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health More people than ever are seeking professional counseling services in one form or another. Thankfully, the stigma of seeing a mental health professional is waning and peopl ... Read on »
Side Effects A-Z: Avoiding Weight Gain (Hyperphagia) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One of the most alarming and universally unacceptable of medication side effects is that of permanent weight gain, and it is not an uncommon one. This article focuses on we ... Read on »
Understanding Addiction by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The notion of addiction is one that includes more than just chemical dependency. Today we are aware that a person can be physically or psychologically addicted to a number ... Read on »
Why Your Antidepressant May Not Be Working by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Modern antidepressant medication trials are highly effective across the board, but many patients, particularly treatment-naïve individuals who are new to taking psychotropic ... Read on »
Understanding PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The term "PTSD" (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) has entered the popular vernacular, such that it is a term that is bandied about fairly commonly, and often incorrectly. ... Read on »
Understanding "Adult" Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD, or ADHD--the H stands for hyperactivity, which may or may not be present) is a fad diagnosis in the U.S. By this I mean that, while ADD/ADHD ... Read on »
How To Treat Premature Ejaculation (Medical Model) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I was a medical student in the early nineties, they were still teaching us the coitus interruptus technique of addressing premature ejaculation ("withdraw and apply pre ... Read on »
How To Know If You Need Prescription Medication for Depression by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health We've all experienced depression that comes and goes: mild, spontaneously low moods that get better all on their own and more moderate depressive episodes that are the r ... Read on »
Side Effects A-Z: Minimizing Sexual Dysfunction (Anorgasmia) by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, such as Prozac and Zoloft) are the safest and most widely prescribed antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications availabl ... Read on »
How to Avoid Medication Side Effects ("Start Low, Go Slow") by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health The frequency and intensity of side effects are directly proportional to the amount of medication taken (dosage, especially relative to an individual's body weight) and th ... Read on »
How to Maintain Good Sleep Hygiene by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health By S. Silva M.D. Insomnia is a common complaint in any doctor's office and by far one of the most common complaints in psychiatry. While there are v ... Read on »
How to Make Your Sleeping Pill Keep Working by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health By S. Silva M.D. Prescription sleep aides are among the most commonly administered of medications, and they can be a Godsend for many patients. Although once only ap ... Read on »
How to Know If You Have Been Misdiagnosed With Bipolar Disorder by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health While only a qualified mental health professional can diagnose bipolar disorder, it is by far the most over-diagnosed mental illness today (along with ADH ... Read on »