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Profile: Amy E. Brown, Licensed psychotherapist & addictions specialist since 1991.

12.24.19 TL;DR: If I don’t follow you, I’m not answering. You can thank the brilliant folks behind QPP.

Well, I thought the note to QPPs would, I dunno, do something? I cannot vet every A2A. I’m inundated with insincere questions and those that prove the asker knows nothing about me.

So. Going forward: if I don’t follow you, don’t send me A2As. It’s sad and disappointing and, well, here we are. I’m sorry QPP ruined Quora for so many decent and sincere askers. I’m sorry for all of us.

(was:QPP folks: Happy to answer legitimate questions within my scope of knowledge. Please don’t ask me about QPP or how to increase your views, upvotes, followers, or earnings. Know that I’m quick to mute, block, and report spammers. Please A2A wisely. Best)

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Hi – thanks for stopping by!

Here’s my oft-repeated PSA

Scroll down to ** if you’ve memorized it;)

Strangers on the internet are not reliable sources of information.

Please do not seek or accept mental health, medical, or veterinary advice from strangers on the internet. Even the most experienced and credentialed professionals on Quora cannot advise humans or animals they’ve not personally evaluated.

Please do not ever start or stop prescription medications unless your physician has specifically advised you to do so. This applies to children, pets, and any other live critter.

If you or a loved one have mental health or medical concerns that cannot wait, please contact emergency services (911 in the US) or present at your closest crisis center or hospital emergency department. For urgent veterinary questions, please visit your closest emergency vet.

US 24/7 Free Crisis Hotlines

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Crisis text line: text HOME to 741741

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline (866) 488–7386

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

  • Poison Control

Human Poison Control Hotline: (800) 222–1222

Animal Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435

  • Child Abuse

Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 422-4453

  • Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233

  • Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656- 4673

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I usually write about ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), depression, dogs, mental health, and therapy. I also chime in on questions about grammar, Quora, and special-needs parenting.

I write on these Quora blogs:

  • Stuff:who moved my blog? My personal blog with essays about life, hoagies, and dogs. And stuff.
  • Concerned Quorans Dedicated to making Quora a safer space.
  • MIND Your Health (co-owner) Professional, no-bullshit answers about all sorts of mental health issues.
  • Addiction 101 (co-owner) Professional, credible answers about substance use and dependency issues.

More about me and my lack of superpowers:

I do not know if he likes you, why your toddler is coughing, or why your toenails turned blue. I lost my limited psychic powers in the delivery room.

If you are concerned about your child’s behavior or symptoms (human and furry alike), contact your pediatrician or vet. (I often confuse the two and assure my feverish son I’ll get him to the vet today).

I cannot provide you with professional mental health advice. Nor can I advise you on what to do for a friend/loved one with mental health issues or otherwise offer you personal support.

Please do not ask me to do so. I immediately block those who disrespect this necessary, clear, and simple request.

Update 9.1.18: Please do not attempt to contact me off Quora unless invited to do so. It’s creepy and not cool and will result in an immediate block.

Additionally, I don’t answer questions that can be answered by a quick internet search. I don’t respond to questions about what any mixed breed dog will look like, how it may act, or what genre of literature it is likely to enjoy. However, I can tell you that our dogs really like Lassie and The New Yorker Collection of Dog Cartoons🙂

I ave not updated my linked answers in quite some time. But please read through them before sending me A2As. We already have far too many oveduplicate questions.

ADHD:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do I convince my parents that I need ADHD treatment?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What types of ADHD meds are there?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are treatments for kids with ADHD?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the differences between combined-type and hyperactive/impulsive ADHD?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the safest and most effective ADHD medication?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some informative and credible books about ADHD?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Where can I find useful information for ADULTS trying to cope with executive function deficits?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is ADHD?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How often are ADD and Asperger’s diagnoses swapped or comorbid?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some methods for studying with attention deficit disorder?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How hard is it for high school students who have primarily inattentive ADHD?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How does taking Ritalin “feel” different from taking Adderall?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the best alternative to Adderall, whether prescription, over the counter, or holistic?

Asperger’s Syndrome:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to I suspect I have Asperger’s Syndrome. How do I get help? (my most comprehensive answer about Asperger’s)

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the symptoms and treatments for Asperger’s syndrome?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why do experienced high-functioning Autistic people shutdown every once in awhile?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do Aspies avoid overwhelming?

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is autism a condition that only affects males?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the early signs of Autism?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What does early intervention do for children with Autism?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why is autism support only concerned with children?

Depression:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why do I feel like shit and depressed when I wake up, but generally feel better about life at night?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some experimental treatments for depression?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is a treatment for depression I haven’t considered?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some good books on depression?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Where should I look to find more information about depression?

Dissociative Identity Disorder:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are signs of dissociative identity disorder?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Let’s say a man have dissociative identity disorder. Can his alters have IQs that are different?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why is dissociative identity disorder considered bad?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do I find a therapist that specializes in dissociative Identity disorder?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Does multiple personality disorder truly exist?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can someone with a split personality, have a male and a female personality?

Dogs:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the life expectancy of a dog who has kidney failure?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Under what conditions have you returned a shelter pet?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can I buy a police dog?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How can I get my dog to be certified to help with my anxiety attacks?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can a dog sense when someone or something is dying

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why can’t your pets understand you need more sleep than they do and wake you up all the time?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Are tiger-striped pit bulls a different pit bull breed?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What should you do when a Pit Bulls’ jaws lock?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to If pit bulls are so vicious why don’t they train them as police attack dogs?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why do pit bulls attack their owners? How can this be prevented?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why might a dog drag it’s butt on the floor every few days and only do so in the living room?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can animals also experience mental illnesses and disorders? If so, what kind?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do you breed an Akita/Pitbull mix?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why does a dog have to wear a cone?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Where can I find puppies at an animal shelter?

Grammar:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the most common English usage error?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is “Not me, neither him” grammatically correct?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the correct usage of ride/rode/ridden?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Does the structure of a sentence subtly affect its meaning?

Mental Health:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What crisis hotlines are available in the US?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What have been helpful websites or resources in overcoming your struggle with self-harm?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is digging your nails into your skin considered self-harm?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the average age of onset for schizophrenia?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to If someone has a parent with schizophrenia, should they be concerned about getting the illness?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Besides talk therapy, how can I minimize the impact of BPD on my life?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the different features of mild mental retardation?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Which celebrities might have undiagnosed mental disorders?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What types of medication are prescribed for social anxiety?

Quora:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do you report a user for a violation of BNBR?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is there a question you would like to give an answer to but has not yet been asked on Quora?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do I ask good questions on Quora that get immediate answers?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How could Quora stop anonymous questions and ask to answers?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some tips for writing good answers on Quora?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can I remove an answer from one of my questions?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Why are almost all of my questions marked as “needs improvement”?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do Top Writers on Quora write such detailed answers to several questions in the span of an hour?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How can one remove one of his questions from his Quora account?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How can I delete an insulting question?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to I want to ask a question that requires more detail than I’m able to express in 150 characters! How?

Substance Use and Testing:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What foods/meds should you never ever mix with alcohol?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the new innovative treatments to curve cravings for alcohol?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What happens if I fail a drug test at work?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is there any drug test which can detect weed in your system since birth even if you have been sober for 2-3 months?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the best opiate addiction treatment?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the correct recipe for baking soda to pass a meth urine test?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can you detox from cocaine at home?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What constitutes “problem drinking”?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Drug Rehabilitation: What is it like to attend rehab?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to I have smoked cannabis every day for the past few months, Now I feel anxious/depressed when sober. Should I completely stop or just smoke a ton less?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the effects of quitting marijuana after prolonged daily use?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are the quickest ways to get THC out of my system?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How can I pass a urine drug test for meth?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What’s the best detox for meth?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How can I beat a drug test for any detectable substance? What works and what doesn’t?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can weed cause harm to an unborn child?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What physical problems can children of drug abusers develop before birth?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What qualifies a drug to be termed as drug of abuse?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How long does withdrawal from meth last?

Therapy:

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Are you familiar with a therapy called rebirthing or conscious breathing? What have been your experiences with this alternative therapy?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are some skills a psychotherapist has?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Psychotherapists: Why do you want to be a therapist?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Can therapists who are in therapy talk about their clients to their therapists?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to How do psychologists/psychiatrists deal with their own mental problems?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What are therapists’ favorite therapy quotes or sayings?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to For those with careers in mental health, has your knowledge helped you or hurt you more at home with your own family?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to What is the biggest challenge for a private practice psychotherapist to develop/sustain their business?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Do psychotherapists fail?

Amy E. Brown’s answer to Is therapy that tries to re-parent an adult client an effective form of therapy?