A New Prescription on 2018: Exercise and Other Medical and Complementary Ground Breaking Techniques for the Treatment of ADHD, Aggressions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

John Ratey, MD

July 30 – August 3, 2018 • Monday – Friday

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This 2018 updated course focuses on the latest medical and non-medical approaches and interventions for patients with ADHD, Aggression, the Addictions, and Social disorders, We have included a special section on autism, based on new research and the instructor’s experience with disruptive adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We will also address the uses and dangers of medical marijuana and look at the growing evidence of the clinical usefulness of Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive phytochemical of the hemp plant. 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. The course will also do a deep dive into the Default Mode Network and how its troubled connectivity within the brain explains ADHD, Autism, and other psychiatric diagnoses better than most models and can point to rational treatments. The course will review the effects of sleep, being in nature, and, movement on brain health in general and specifically with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, the course 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. 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 DSM-5 to the real world and the issue of sub-threshold diagnoses or the “Shadow Syndromes”.

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

 

  • Evaluate the neurobiology of ADHD;
  • Evaluate new neuroscience information to understand and treat ADHD, Aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fatigue, and stress;
  • Utilize our growing understanding of the Default Mode Network and the concept of “functional connectivity” that is important for all our psychiatric diagnoses;
  • Evaluate the latest medications and combinations for ADHD, aggression and social disorders;
  • Utilize knowledge of the effects of a good sleep program as a necessary component of a health promoting lifestyle for caregivers and their patients;
  • Evaluate the efficacy of diet changes, the need for gluten free diets, and the use of probiotics;
  • Utilize the growing knowledge of using medical Marijuana for pain, anorexia, mood, and sleep disorders;
  • Utilize knowledge of the dangers of marijuana and its potential to activate psychosis and produce the amotivational syndrome;
  • Describe the differences between marijuana and Cannabidiol to use them when appropriate;
  • Evaluate the burgeoning evidence of Cannabidiol for seizure control, anxiety, and insomnia;
  • Utilize the principles of exercise science to guide adult and pediatric patients.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

8:30-9:00 am

Registration

9:00-10:00 am

Overview: the concept of the “shadow syndromes” and their relevance to psychiatric problems; biology and treatment of ADHD.

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:30-12:15pm

Overview: the concept of the “shadow syndromes” and their relevance to psychiatric problems; biology and treatment of ADHD.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

9:00-10:00 am

Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes.

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15-12:15pm

Diagnosis of ADHD and bipolar illness: the addictions and how they are often comorbid with so many other psychiatric syndromes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

9:00-10:00 am

Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress.

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15-12:15pm

Biology and treatment of stress and aggression: how the brain reacts and deals with stress.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

9:00-10:00 am

Treatment issues I: evidence supporting the effectiveness of physical exercise and movement on the brain and the psyche; neuroscience of exercise.

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15-12:15 pm

Treatment issues I: evidence supporting the effectiveness of physical exercise and movement on the brain and the psyche; neuroscience of exercise.

Friday, August 3, 2018

9:00-10:00 am

Treatment issues II: medications and holistic interventions; ‘non-medical treatments and how they impact the brain and psyche.

10:00-10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15-12:15 pm

Treatment issues II: medications and holistic interventions; ‘non-medical treatments and how they impact the brain and psyche.

12:15 pm

Adjourn