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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. After all, ADD and ADHD are supposed to inhibit a child's ability to focus on a single task, so why are...

Jun 28th, 2020
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Dr. David Velkoff - PTSD is a serious psychiatric condition that affects a variety of individuals--not just soldiers returning home from the battlefield. Indeed, many individuals suffering from PTSD have never had a first-hand encounter...

Jun 28th, 2020
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...

Jul 10th, 2010
What is Insomnia?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Insomnia is a serious condition affecting nearly a quarter of Americans and is characterized by an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. Interestingly, insomnia isn't necessarily defined by the number of hours a person...

Jul 10th, 2010
What is Anxious ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Anxious ADD is one of the 7 theorized subtypes of ADD and is characterized by a severe feeling of anxiousness, nervousness, fear of confrontations, as well as symptoms of ADD. These symptoms are caused by a dysregulated brain, and...

Jul 10th, 2010
What is Temporal Lobe ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Temporal Lobe ADD is one of the theorized "7 types of ADD" and is associated with abnormal brain activity in the Temporal Lobes of the brain. Temporal Lobe ADD can have a drastic effect on emotional and cognitive functioning...

Jul 10th, 2010
Side Effects of Anesthesia in Children

By Dr. David Velkoff - Surgeries, while sometimes necessary to keep our children safe, can sometimes carry a number of hidden dangers. One of these dangers is the use of anesthesia in children. Recent research has shown a link between the use of...

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Jul 9th, 2010
Symptoms of ADHD & Behavioral Problems in Children

By Dr. David Velkoff - Children with ADHD can experience a variety of negative symptoms, including hyperactivity, poor listening skills, and difficulty finishing tasks such as homework. However, what many parent's don't realize is that ADHD children are...

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Overfocused ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Overfocused ADD is one of the theorized 7 types of ADD and characterized by obsessiveness, rigid thinking, inflexibility with being able to shift one's attention, and symptoms of ADHD. Treatment options typically involve a...

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Inattentive ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Inattentive ADD is a very common type of ADD; however, due to the nature of its observed symptoms, it is often confused for other disorders such as anxiety or depression. And while hyperactive individuals are easy to spot...

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Limbic ADD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Limbic ADD is one of the theorized "7 types of ADD" and shares many similar symptoms to clinical depression, such as chronic low energy, moodiness, guilt, abnormal sleep, and a feeling of hopelessness.

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Jul 9th, 2010
Neurostimulation Therapy for ADHD

By Dr. David Velkof - The Drake Institute's industry-leading neurostimulation for ADHD can provide long-term symptom relief for kids and adults. What's more, our treatment protocols are 100% non-invasive and drug-free, meaning patients don't have to...

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Biofeedback Therapy for ADHD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - The Drake Institute's industry-leading biofeedback therapy for ADHD is a non-invasive, non-drug treatment protocol designed to help patients reach more optimal brain functioning.

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Neurofeedback Therapy for ADHD?

By Dr. David Velkoff - The Drake Institute's industry-leading neurofeedback therapy for ADHD is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment protocol designed to help patients achieve more optimal brain functioning.

Jul 9th, 2010
ADD Children & Bullying Behavior

By Dr. David Velkoff - Children afflicted with ADD/ADHD are not only more likely to get bullied in school, but they're also at risk of becoming bullies themselves. Indeed, ADHD behaviors, like making impulsive comments, being clumsy, not understanding...

Jul 9th, 2010
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms & Treatment Options

By Dr. David Velkoff - There is a strong link between anxiety and IBS symptoms; in fact, anxiety and IBS can create a negative feedback loop where symptoms like nausea and cramping lead to increased levels of stress, and vice versa.

Jul 9th, 2010
How to Get a Child with ADD to do Homework

By Dr. David Velkoff - Kids with ADD can have a difficult time studying and completing their homework, and while it may be frustrating, parents of ADD children have to understand that it's not their fault. When a child has ADD, their brain can become...

Jul 9th, 2010
ADHD Parenting Tips

By Dr. David Velkoff - Raising a child with ADHD can be an extremely stressful and difficult experience for both the child and the parents. In fact, a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that parents with ADHD children have...

Jul 9th, 2010
What is Agoraphobia?

By Dr. David Velkoff - Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by an irrational fear of a location or situation. Indeed, this fear can make a trip to the bank or grocery store filled with so much anxiety that it becomes nearly unbearable for...

Jul 9th, 2010
Side Effects of Prescription Stimulant Medications

By Dr. David Velkoff - Although effective in some cases, stimulant medications like Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, and Concerta can cause a whole host of negative side-effects. In fact, a landmark study published online in the Journal of Child Psychology...

Jul 9th, 2010
Phobic Anxiety Disorders

By Dr. David Velkoff - Phobias are a serious problem in the United States, where as many as 19 million people are affected by a phobia of some sort. Fortunately, treatment for anxiety and phobic disorders is available and it has also shown to be highly...

Jul 9th, 2010
The Seven Types of Attention Deficit Disorder

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...

Jul 9th, 2010
Is it ADHD or Anxiety?

The answer to this question was addressed in an illuminating lecture for continuing medical education for physicians by John Waldrup, M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College at a conference presented by the Nevada Psychiatric Association.

Jul 9th, 2010
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...

Mar 26th, 2009
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...

Jan 25th, 2009
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...

Sep 28th, 2008
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...

Sep 3rd, 2008
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...

Apr 9th, 2008
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...

Jan 24th, 2008
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...

Jan 23rd, 2008
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...

Jan 22nd, 2008
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...

Nov 14th, 2007