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Anxiety: 5 Signs That It’s a Problem, and How We Can Help Jul 22nd, 2020

Everyone experiences worry or stress during their lives, but anxiety disorders are another matter entirely, as worry overshadows every aspect of your life. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety disorders were already the most common mental health issue among Americans, affecting 40 million adults, as well as millions of children.  Now,...

ADHD & Video Games: What's the Connection? Jun 28th, 2020

By Dr. David Velkoff For many parents of ADHD children, it can be a frustrating experience to see their child intensely focused on a video game, while at the same time, their homework is left unattended and unfinished in their backpacks. After all, while we know ADHD and ADD are...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Jun 28th, 2020

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder can be both devastating and far-reaching, affecting not only individuals but also their families and communities as well. Many depictions of those who suffer from PTSD are heroes returning from war-torn countries, and when they get home, they are unaware of how to seek...

Why a Brain Map is so important in treating ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Jul 10th, 2010

ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders originate from the brain, which is why it is so important to analyze the brain when creating a treatment plan for either condition. Consider an analogy, if an adult patient is suffering chest pain or experiencing symptoms suggestive of a possible heart problem, then the...

Why the ADHD Child Complains it is Unfair Jul 10th, 2010

The Problem with Impulsivity Disciplining an ADHD impulsive child needs to be done with compassion and understanding. Often, parents will tell me jokingly that their impulsive ADHD child’s middle name is “Unfair,” and that their child will complain that they are being treated unfairly or that they didn’t do anything...

What is Insomnia? Jul 10th, 2010

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night, which can lead to sleep deprivation or an assortment of potentially debilitating side effects such as drowsiness, difficulty paying attention, and even memory loss. Interestingly, insomnia isn’t necessarily defined by the number of hours you sleep on a...

What is Anxious ADD? Jul 10th, 2010

Anxious ADD is one of the theorized “7 types of ADD” (Classic ADD, Ring of Fire ADD, Temporal Lobe ADD, Limbic ADD, Inattentive ADD, Overfocused ADD) and is characterized by a severe feeling of anxiousness and nervousness as well as inattention.. These symptoms are caused by a dysregulated brain. After undergoing a qEEG brain map, we...

What is Temporal Lobe ADD? Jul 10th, 2010

Temporal Lobe ADD is one of the “7 types of ADD” (i.e., Classic ADD, Inattentive ADD, Over-focused ADD, Limbic ADD, and Ring of Fire ADD, etc.), and is associated with abnormal brain activity in the Temporal Lobes of the brain on qEEG brain map scans. The Temporal Lobes of the brain are located behind the temples...

Side Effects of Anesthesia in Children Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. David Velkoff If there was a single wish that every parent could make come true for their child, it’s for their child to be blessed with a long, healthy life with minimal medical problems. Unfortunately, life isn’t always so accommodating, and when the news comes from the doctor...

What is Ring of Fire ADD? Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. David Velkoff Ring of Fire ADD is a type of ADD characterized by abnormally increased activity in multiple areas of the brain, which in individuals on qEEG brain mapping scans can appear as over activity or overstimulation. Of the hypothesized 7 types of ADD (Classic ADD, Inattentive ADD, Over-focused ADD, Temporal Lobe...

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

Children with ADHD can experience a variety of negative symptoms, such as hyperactivity and poor listening skills, but what many parents may not realize is that ADHD children are also at risk for developing secondary behavioral issues, such as defiance, depression, or anxiety. These additional experiences can not only cause...

What is Overfocused ADD? Jul 9th, 2010

Overfocused ADD is a type of ADD characterized by inflexible cognitive thinking, inability to appropriately shift one’s attention from task to task and can also include hyper-focused, argumentativeness, obsessiveness, and excessive worrying. Like the other theorized “7 types of ADD” (Classic ADD, Inattentive ADD, Temporal Lobe ADD, Anxious ADD, Ring of Fire ADD,...

What is Inattentive ADD? Jul 9th, 2010

Inattentive ADHD or ADD is one of the theorized 7 types of ADD (Classic ADD, Ring of Fire ADD, Temporal Lobe ADD, Limbic ADD, Overfocused ADD, and Anxious ADD), and is characterized by an inability to focus, pay attention, and complete tasks assigned by either a parent, teacher, or work superior. Inattentive ADD is a very common...

What is Limbic ADD? Jul 9th, 2010

Limbic ADD is one of the popularly theorized “7 types of ADD” (Classic ADD, Inattentive ADD, Over-focused ADD, Temporal Lobe ADD, and Ring of Fire ADD). Limbic ADD involves a series of complex structures in the brain—known as the “Limbic System”—which are involved in regulating emotions, motivation, memory, behavior, olfaction, and influences both...

ADD in Boys vs. Girls Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. Velkoff As a parent, understanding your child’s behavior can be one of the most confusing and difficult tasks to undertake, especially when it comes to ADD and ADHD. For most individuals, when they think of an ADHD child, they probably imagine a child that is constantly “bouncing off...

Can You Grow Out of ADHD? Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. David Velkoff Way back in 2013, the prestigiousa New England Journal of Medicine published an article by Dr. Volkow and Dr. Swanson on the reality of adult ADHD, and the fact that often it doesn’t simply go away as people get older, it just expresses itself differently. This truth or...

Facts about ADHD: Dispelling the Myths about ADD & ADHD Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. David Velkoff When it comes to ADD or ADHD, there are the facts and then there are the myths. It is far too often the case that the truth gets clouded over by false, misleading information. The truth is that ADHD is a complex, very real disorder that...

T.O.V.A: An Accurate Assessment for Attention Deficit Disorder? Jul 9th, 2010

By Dr. David Velkoff ADHD Diagnosis & Testing is a complicated process that depends on the comprehensive analysis of the patient’s own unique situation. Ideally, coming to a conclusion about the status of a patient’s ADHD should be based upon the examination of both hard data (i.e., quantitative EEG brain mapping, etc.)...

Neurostimulation Therapy for ADHD Jul 9th, 2010

For 40 years, the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine has been a pioneer in non-drug, non-invasive treatment protocols for a variety of disorders, including ADHD, Autism, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and many others. To advance our clinical care programs for patients with ADHD, the Drake Institute began implementing a cutting-edge technology known as neurostimulation, which...

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

The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, founded in 1980, has been a pioneer of biofeedback therapy for ADHD for the last 3 decades. Our ADHD clinic in Orange County has successfully treated thousands of patients with the use of FDA-approved qEEG brain mapping technology and proven biofeedback techniques. Biofeedback treatment therapy for...

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

What is Neurofeedback Therapy for ADHD? Since 1980, the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine has pioneered the use of neurofeedback therapy for many disorders, and for the last 3 decades, our ADHD clinic in Orange County has successfully treated thousands of patients with the use of FDA-approved qEEG brain mapping technology and...

ADD Children & Bullying Behavior Jul 9th, 2010

Bullying in school is a serious problem affecting one out of every five students, and its effects can be devastating. Indeed, bullying can contribute to life-long battles with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and in severe cases, PTSD. [i]And while most parents understand how detrimental bullying can be to their child’s well-being, many parents don’t realize that...

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

Irritable bowel syndrome is not often thought of as a stress-related disorder, but as it turns out, the brain can play a significant role in the health of our gut and digestive systems. And this is a two-way street, as the health of our gut can dramatically affect normal brain...

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

Homework can be tricky for children with ADHD, especially after they’ve spent all day at school. When children come home from school, they want to play, spend time with their friends and family, or watch TV. Homework is simply not something most children are excited about, but most kids are...

ADHD Parenting Tips Jul 9th, 2010

ADHD parenting can be an extremely stressful experience, and the general public doesn’t seem to truly understand the strain that ADHD puts on families. According to a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, parents with an ADHD child have nearly twice the divorce rate as marriages that do not...

ADHD & Reading Comprehension Problems: What's the Connection? Jul 9th, 2010

Reading comprehension is a common problem affecting both children and adults with ADHD, resulting in poor tests scores, bad grades, and missed assignments. However, poor reading comprehension doesn’t always originate from an attentional disorder; instead, there may be other underlying issues present as well, such as an auditory or language...

What is Agoraphobia? Jul 9th, 2010

Agoraphobia is a serious type of anxiety disorder characterized by an irrational and intense fear of being trapped or unable to escape from a particular location. This fear can make a trip to the bank, grocery store, or a movie theater filled with so much anxiety that it becomes nearly unbearable for...

Side Effects of Prescription Stimulant Medications Jul 9th, 2010

Stimulants Medications for ADHD: What are the Consequences? For many years now, the go-to treatment protocol for treating ADHD has been prescription stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. And while these ADD medications have shown to be effective for some individuals, they also carry a significant number of unwanted negative side-effects that shouldn’t...

Phobic Anxiety Disorders Jul 9th, 2010

Treating Phobic Anxiety Disorders Phobias are a serious problem in the United States, where as many as 19 million people are affected by a phobia of some sort.[i]  However, there’s good news when it comes to these disorders: treatment for anxiety and phobic disorders is available and it has also been shown...

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

What are the Seven Types of ADD? According to a popular (though not backed by the American Psychiatric Association) theory, there are seven types of ADD or ADHD, and each type brings its own set of unique challenges. This theory postulates that the specific set of symptoms of the different...

Is it ADHD or Anxiety? Jul 9th, 2010

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. Dr. Waldrup presented the idea that children with anxiety disorders will usually start showing symptoms by 6...

Clinic Reports of Dramatic Results in Treating Children with Autism Jul 18th, 2009

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...

New Research Shows: Neurofeedback is an Evidence-Based Treatment for ADHD Jul 15th, 2009

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...

ADHD Drug Effectiveness Now In Doubt Mar 26th, 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 do little good beyond...

ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon Jan 25th, 2009

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...

Skip the Ritalin and Treat Parents Instead Sep 28th, 2008

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...

ADHD and Adults: Causes Educational and Occupational Deficits Sep 3rd, 2008

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 General Hospital, Boston, and...

Drug Companies to Reveal Grant Practices Apr 9th, 2008

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...

Scientists Divulge New Approach to Catch Autism Early Jan 24th, 2008

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...

ADHD Symptoms Change with Age Jan 23rd, 2008

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 decrease with age,...

ADHD Medication May Not Help Long-Term Jan 22nd, 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...

Drugs for ADHD Not the Answer Nov 14th, 2007

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...

Use and Costs of Medical Care for Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Feb 28th, 2001

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 and without ADHD. Design and Setting Population-based cohort study conducted in Rochester, Minn. Subjects All children born in 1976-1982 were followed up through 1995, using school and...