ADD in Boys vs. Girls

By Dr. David Velkoff - Children afflicted with ADD and ADHD don't always exhibit the same symptoms; in fact, it is often the case that symptoms will manifest differently between boys and girls. At the Drake Institute, we have observed these differences in symptom presentation and have developed treatment plans specifically designed to help both boys and girls.

ADHD & Video Games: What's the Connection?

By Dr. David Velkoff - For many parents with ADHD children, it can be very confusing to see their child intensely focused on a video game. Afterall, ADD and ADHD are supposed to inhibit a child's ability to focus on a single task, so why are video games an exception to the rule?

Can You Grow Out of ADHD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - For many individuals, there is a belief that children can eventually grow out of ADD and ADHD on their own; however, research has shown that this is simply a myth. The truth of the matter is much more complex: while certain symptoms of the disorder may disappear on their own, many of the disorder's other negative symptoms are still very much present...

Facts about ADHD: Dispelling the Myths about ADD & ADHD

By Dr. David Velkoff - When it comes to ADD and ADHD, it is often the case that the truth gets clouded over and misconstrued by misleading information. The truth is that ADHD is a complex, very real disorder that afflicts 3 to 5 percent of the population, and as a result of misinformation, there are currently many children, adolescents, and adults who have not been successfully treated...

T.O.V.A: An Accurate Assessment for Attention Deficit Disorder?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Evaluating a patient for ADHD is a strenuous process that involves the analysis of a variety of different data sets such as brain mapping and patient history. However, there are other strategies for evaluating a patient for ADD and ADHD, one of which being the T.O.V.A assessment. It's important to note, though, that T.O.V.A testing carries some important caveats with it... 

What is Ring of Fire ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Ring of Fire ADD is characterized by over activity in a global sense across the brain. This causes Ring of Fire ADD to be one of the most intense of the 7 types of ADD, causing the sufferer to become overreactive, hypersensitive, and experience intense feelings of anxiety. These symptoms, if left untreated, can lead to serious social and occupational difficulties...

Why the ADHD Child Complains it is Unfair

By Dr. David Velkoff - A child suffering from Impulsive ADHD requires a great deal of patience and understanding. As parents and doctors, we have to understand that the impulsive child is not in complete control of their actions: the child's brain lacks the capacity to inhibit these impulses and prevent them from taking form...  

The 7 Types of ADD

By Dr. David Velkoff - There are 7 types of add, and each type brings their own set of unique challenges and difficulties. At Drake, we pride ourselves in our ability to effectively treat each of these known types of ADD with non-invasive, drug-free treatment programs that can provide patients with long lasting, meaningful results...

The Uniqueness of the Drake Institute

by Dr. David Velkoff on July 10th, 2010 For 30 years the Drake Institute has made neurofeedback and biofeedback the centerpiece of its treatment programs. It gives us a method to access brain functioning without any negative side effects and restore normalcy, thereby reducing or eliminating symptoms. It is not an “add on” to other therapies or medications in the...

Clinic Reports Dramatic Results in Treating Children with Autism

By Art Harris- (Emmy award winning journalist, formerly of CNN and the Washington Post) LOS ANGELES, CA. – She was a mother without hope. Diagnosed with autism, her six year old son, EJ, bit other children, threw tantrums and chairs. “He had no future,” says Beatrice Tan, whose family stopped going to church–too risky to put EJ in the nursery. Now, after several months of...

New Research Shows: Neurofeedback is an Evidence-Based Treatment for ADHD

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands, July 16 /PRNewswire/ — Neurofeedback – also called EEG Biofeedback – is a method used to train brain activity in order to normalize Brain function and treat psychiatric disorders. This treatment method has gained interest over the last 10 years, however the question whether this treatment should be regarded as an Evidence-Based treatment was...

ADHD Drug Effectiveness Now In Doubt

By SHANKAR VEDANTAM – The Washington Post – Friday, March 27, 2009 WASHINGTON — New data from a large federal study have reignited a debate over the effectiveness of long-term drug treatment of children with hyperactivity or attention-deficit disorder, and have drawn accusations that some members of the research team have sought to play down evidence that medications...

ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon

FDA Examines Incidence of Psychotic Symptoms in Children Taking ADHD Medications By Salynn Boyles WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Jan. 26, 2009 — Treatment-related hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more common than previously thought, FDA officials report in the latest issue of the...

Drug Companies to Reveal Grant Practices

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer Thursday April 10th, 2008 WASHINGTON – For years, the nation’s largest drug and medical device manufacturers have courted doctors with consulting fees, free trips to exotic locales and sponsoring the educational conferences that physicians attend. Those financial ties in most cases need not be disclosed and can lead to arrangements...

Skip the Ritalin and Treat Parents Instead

September 29, 2008 04:33 PM ET | Nancy Shute | Article Link England has a new plan for helping children with ADHD: Treat the parents first. With that, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is giving a big “Whoa, Nelly!” to the recent trend toward increased use of Ritalin in the United Kingdom, saying instead that the first response should be to give...

Use and Costs of Medical Care for Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Cynthia L. Leibson, PhD; Slavica K. Katusic, MD; William J. Barbaresi, MD; Jeanine Ransom, BS; Peter C. O’Brien, PhD JAMA. 2001;285:60-66. – Read the Full Article by downloading the PDF here Context A shortage of data exists on medical care use by persons with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Objective To compare medical care use and costs among persons with...

ADHD and Adults: Causes Educational and Occupational Deficits

Last Updated: 2008-09-04 13:10:59 -0400 (Reuters Health) By Michelle Rizzo NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Compared to what they would be expected to achieve based on intellect, adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD have lower educational and occupational attainments, a study shows. In the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Dr. Joseph Biederman, of Massachusetts...

Drugs for ADHD Not the Answer

Treating children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with drugs is not effective in the long-term, research has shown. A study obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme says drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta work no better than therapy after three years of treatment. Click Here for the original BBC Story. The findings by an influential US study also...

ADHD Medication May Not Help Long-Term

UPI – Wednesday, 23 January 2008 Stimulant medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, may not affect what ADHD looks like in teens, a U.S. doctor found. University of California, Los Angeles researcher Dr. Susan Smalley found it surprising that youth in northern Finland are rarely treated with medicine for ADHD, yet the look of the disorder — its...

ADHD Symptoms Change with Age

UPI – Published: Jan. 24, 2008 at 6:09 PM OULU, Finland, Jan. 24 (UPI) — U.S. researchers looking at attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in Finnish children confirm ADHD symptoms change with age. Read the article at UPI. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, confirms hyperactive and impulsive behaviors do...

Scientists Divulge New Approach to Catch Autism Early

Washington, Jan 25 (ANI): A new study at University of New South Wales has found that incorporating both psychological and biological factors helps in earlier detection of autism. The study was related to autistic and Aspergers disorders, which are characterised by ritualistic behaviours such as counting, tapping, flicking, or repeatedly restating information and compulsive behaviours...


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Dr. David Velkoff our Medical Director and co-founder, supervises all evaluation procedures and treatment programs. Dr. Velkoff earned his Masters degree in Psychology from the California State University at Los Angeles in 1975, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1976. Dr. Velkoff completed his postgraduate work on Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Medical Center at Irvine. He then shifted his specialty to Behavioral Medicine and underwent training at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas to learn biofeedback technology. In 1980, he co-founded the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine.


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