A New Prescription: Exercise and Other Groundbreaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

John Ratey, MD

August 21 – 25, 2017 • Monday – Friday

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This seminar focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, including a special section on Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to new medications, the course will explore the proven effects of exercise, yoga, play, diet, and other alternative strategies that are shown to be effective in these psychiatric problems. Special emphasis will be placed on the burgeoning research on exercise and ADHD, with tips on how to integrate exercise prescriptions into your practice. In addition, the seminar looks at the growing awareness of the “microbiome” when it comes to diet, and the effect of gluten and probiotics on the gut and brain/behavior connection. The seminar will also introduce the psychiatric use of Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD) and its possible risks and benefits. To put it all together, the course takes an understandable journey into the brain and the synapse to fully understand these conditions. The important area of diagnosis will also be looked at, covering the controversies and challenges associated with making the right call with psychological disorders: 1. Bipolar or ADHD or both and what this means for treatment; 2. Asperger’s or Autism or Social Dyslexia – does it matter and are there any relevant medications and behavioral interventions for these developmental differences; 3. Relevancies of DSM5 to the real world and the issue of diagnoses of the “Shadow Syndromes”.

 

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

 

  • Utilize non-medical approaches to complement traditional treatment approaches for ADHD;
  • Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social disorders;
  • Integrate exercise into management of psychological brain health;
  • Evaluate the latest medications and combinations for ADHD, aggression and social disorders, including social anxiety disorder and performance anxiety disorder;
  • Review the effects of sleep, being in nature, movement and diet on brain health in general and specifically with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Evaluate the neurobiology of ADHD, Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fatigue, stress, the social brain and its variances and application in the clinical setting;
  • Review the pros and cons of marijuana and its byproducts for use or warnings for our patients and ourselves;
  • Analyze holistic and “non-medical” treatments and their effects on the brain.
  • Evaluate the subsyndromal syndromes or “shadow syndromes” that are quite common in our practices and review ways to treat them;
  • Utilize the knowledge of marijuana to help discuss its efficacy and problems in treating ADHD;
  • Review the burgeoning science in using cannabidiol or cbd as a treatment for anxiety, sleep disorders, and possibly seizure control;
  • Utilize the latest treatment approaches on non-medical treatment of ADHD- specifically emphasizing the “strength based” approach with patients and therapists;
  • Review the evidence for the use of betablockers in treating aggression and self-abusive behavior in the autism spectrum disorders;
  • Utilize our knowledge of specific exercise programs that will allow inclusion into the busy lives of many mental health providers.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Monday August 21, 2017

  • Overview: the concept of the “shadow syndromes” and their relevance to psychiatric problems; biology and treatment of ADHD; new data on ADHD.
  • Review the effect on simple but consistent lifestyle changes on severely compromised adolescents with autism.
  • Q&A.

 

Tuesday August 22, 2017

  • Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes; use of the new medications for ADHD; new long-acting stimulant preparation, atomoxetine, and modafinil.
  • Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress; changing appreciation for stress hormone and its impact on mood, memory, learning, and brain function; aggression and newer concepts in anger management; treatment of disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

  • Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes; use of the new medications for ADHD; new long-acting stimulant preparation, atomoxetine, and modafinil.
  • Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress; changing appreciation for stress hormone and its impact on mood, memory, learning, and brain function; aggression and newer concepts in anger management; treatment of disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Thursday August 24, 2017

  • Treatment issues I: evidence supporting the effectiveness of physical exercise and movement on the brain and the psyche; neuroscience of exercise.
  • Exercise forestalling the aging process; how having our body in tune helps ensure that we remain cognitively and emotionally enabled as we age.
  • Q&A, case discussions.

 

Friday August 25, 2017

  • Treatment issues II: medications and holistic interventions; ‘non-medical treatments and how they impact the brain and psyche; food supplements and humor and their effects on the brain and the psyche; ways to integrate into clinical us.
  • New innovations for the treatment of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and psychological brain health.
  • Q&A.