ADHD Alternative Medicine Boston MA

We've all heard the troubling news that doctors are relying increasingly on Ritalin and other stimulants to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); prescriptions for these drugs nearly tripled in the 1990s. But for some kids, the best medicine may not be medicine at all.

William Jay Lesner, MD
(978) 458-6282
149 W Newton St
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1976

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David Edwin Seil, MD
(617) 536-2665
196 W Springfield St
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1962

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Ronald J Blank, MD
(617) 726-3030
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dan Vlad Iosifescu, MD
(617) 724-7741
50 Staniford St Ste 401J
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1992

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Domenic A Ciraulo, MD
(617) 414-1995
720 Harrison Ave Ste 914
Boston, MA
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1975
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Hospital: Boston Med Ctr, Mattapan, Ma

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Jennifer J Narvaez, MD
(617) 724-6300
15 Parkman St
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Patricia Walsh, MD
(617) 593-9813
22 Bradford St # 1
Boston, MA
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1987

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Julia Elizabeth Adler, MD
(617) 638-8540
1 Boston Medical Ctr Pl
Boston, MA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 2003

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David Mischoulon, MD
(617) 724-5198
15 Parkman St
Boston, MA
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1994

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Mary Anne D Badaracco, MD
(617) 632-7789
274 Beacon St Unit 2
Boston, MA
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Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1975

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ADHD: A Natural Way to Sideline Ritalin?

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We’ve all heard the troubling news that doctors are relying increasingly on Ritalin and other stimulants to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); prescriptions for these drugs nearly tripled in the 1990s. But for some kids, the best medicine may not be medicine at all. That’s the implication of the most comprehensive study yet on the effectiveness of biofeedback for kids with ADHD. Psychologist Vincent Monastra of the Family Psychology Institute Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, New York, worked with 100 kids ages six to 19, all of whom were taking medication for ADHD. Fifty-one of the children were taught to practice biofeedback once a week. The technique, long used to treat ailments such as headaches, stress, and digestive disorders, teaches users to regulate physiological processes like brain waves and heart rate. In the study, the kids were taught the technique while hooked up to video games that responded to their brain activity; characters on the screen only moved when the children’s frontal lobes were engaged. They then practiced their brain-wave-altering activity while doing schoolwork. By the end of the year, all the children in the biofeedback group were able to reduce or eliminate the need for medication. (That wasn’t true for the 49 kids who weren’t taught biofeedback.) Their behavior and ability to concentrate also noticeably improved. “Biofeedback uses the same mechanism that’s in play when we learn to swim or ride a bike,” says Monastra. “It gives us positive feedback when our bodies are doing something right. It’s the opposite of nagging a kid when he’s not focusing, of saying, ‘Tommy, are you paying attention? Pay attention to me, son.’” For information about biofeedback, or to find a specialist near you, call the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at 303.422.8436 or the Society for Neuronal Regulation at 800.488.3867.

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