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An assessment will also pinpoint the particular subtype of attention disorder a child has, so you can tailor treatment accordingly. In the hyperactive form of ADHD, impulsive and hyperactive behavior are the biggest symptoms.

Ms. Janice Falk
Healthscript Psychotherapy
(703) 426-2672
8309 Crestridge Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, QCSW
Licensed in Virginia
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Education/Pers
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Sheri Mitschelen
Sheri A. Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S
(703) 380-9045
3611 -C Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RPT-S
Licensed in Virginia
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Deborah Schiavone
Private Practice
(703) 914-6770
7369 McWhorter Place Suite 410
Annandale, VA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, PMHCNS, BC
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Grief/Loss, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, Anger Management
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Erin Capozzi
Erin Capozzi, LCSW, LLC
(703) 216-4474
1313 Vincent Place
McLean, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LCSW-C
Licensed in Virginia
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Tanya Clausen
(703) 518-8883
300 North Washington St. Suite 305
Alexandria, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Dis
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Erica Wood
The Counseling Center of Fairfax
(703) 385-7575
10470 Armstrong St
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LPC, MT-BC
Licensed in Virginia
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Developmental Disability, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Asp
Populations Served
Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

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Mrs. Dian Epp
(703) 352-9007
10560 Main Street Suite 410
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAC
Licensed in Virginia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Debra Nackman
(703) 645-8700
405 N. Washington St., Suite 104
Falls Church, VA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Virginia
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Asperger's Syndrome, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Lisa Maestri Snipper
(571) 230-2349
11250 Roger Bacon Drive Suite 6
Reston, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C LCSW
Licensed in Maryland
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Manage
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Eleanor Criswell
Eleanor Criswell, Ph.D.
(703) 748-4900
312 S. Washington Street Suite 3B
Alexandria, VA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Virginia
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Practitioner's Corner - About Kids and Attention Disorders

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By Timothy Culbert, M.D.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children can be quite challenging for the entire family: Kids who have it have a hard time concentrating, and their kinetic energy tends to exhaust everyone around them. The conventional approach to treatment relies primarily on stimulant drugs like Ritalin, but at our integrative clinic we try to use gentler therapies whenever appropriate.

Before starting down any treatment path, though, it’s crucial to have your child thoroughly assessed. (The best place to do this is at a child development center that’s part of a children’s hospital or academic medical center.) Lots of kids who are thought to have an attention disorder actually turn out to be suffering from depression, anxiety, or a learning disability; when these problems are treated, the symptoms that looked like attention problems often clear up.

An assessment will also pinpoint the particular subtype of attention disorder a child has, so you can tailor treatment accordingly. In the hyperactive form of ADHD, impulsive and hyperactive behavior are the biggest symptoms. Another form, marked by an inability to focus, often doesn’t emerge until adolescence. Most children, however, suffer from a combined version of the disorder, which usually shows up between the ages of seven and 11.

Here are some of the questions we’re most frequently asked about attention disorders.

Q: My eight-year-old son has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Is there any chance that changing his diet will make a difference?

A:
There have been quite a few “gold standard” studies supporting the idea that for certain kids, dietary changes can be a big help.

One type of diet (known as oligo- antigenic) is fairly radical; it eliminates ingredients that are thought to provoke allergies, including dairy, gluten, refined sugars, dyes, preservatives, and additives. A theory as to why this might make a difference has to do with a phenomenon called leaky gut syndrome. Normally, the intestinal lining serves as a good filtering system for proteins like those that trigger allergies. But in some people, the gut seems to have a sort of “leak” that allows these proteins to get into the bloodstream. At that point the immune system reacts, and this can contribute to behavioral problems.

The pure form of this diet is very restrictive and can be difficult to stick to. It allows only two types of meat (lamb and turkey), two types of starches (rice and potatoes), two types of vegetables (cabbage and carrots), and two fruits (apples and bananas).

A more practical approach might be to test potentially troublesome foods one at a time. Eliminate dairy, say, for three weeks to see if any significant changes occur. For most people, this approach is pretty doable, and there’s very little downside to trying it.

As a general guideline, I’d also suggest giving the child unprocessed and organic foods, to avoid contributing any a...

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