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ADHD Blog

By Mitchel Katz, MD
April 17, 2014
Category: Adult ADHD
Tags: ADHD  
We tend to think that ADHD occurs only in children, but as a majority of these children grow up, they continue to experience symptoms.  However, fewer adults seem to be treated for adult ADHD in Connecticut and all over the country.  As an adult in Connecticut, if you have ADHD you might have trouble following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work within time limits.
 
When these are not managed properly, you can experience problems that are associated with:
  • Behavioral
  • Emotional
  • Vocational
  • Academic
As an adult, it is important to understand that having symptoms of ADHD in Connecticut is not something to be ashamed of.  By visiting us at Connecticut & Gulf Coast ADHD Associates, we can help properly diagnose your symptoms so that we can create a proper treatment plan to minimize your symptoms and help you complete your daily tasks without complications.
By Mitchel Katz, MD
December 24, 2013
Category: Autism
Tags: Connecticut  
Autism ConnecticutAt Connecticut ADHD Associates, Dr. Mitchel Katz helps parents who have children with autism in Connecticut to increase their knowledge and understanding. Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders that appear in early childhood—typically before the age of three. While symptoms and severity vary from child to child, all autism spectrum disorders affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
 
When it comes to Autism in Connecticut, Dr. Katz works with you to provide care and understanding for this sometimes-difficult disorder.  The number of children with autism appears to be rising, but it isn’t clear whether the rise in number is due to better detection and reporting of autism, or a real increase in the number of cases—or even both.   There is no cure for autism, but early treatment can make a big difference in the life of your child in Connecticut with autism.
 

Let’s Take a Look at the Symptoms

 
If your child has autism, he or she will generally have problems in three crucial areas of development—social interaction, behavior and language. However, symptoms vary greatly, so two children with the same diagnosis can act completely different and have strikingly different skills. 
 
Young children with autism often have a hard time sharing experiences with others. And when read to, they are unlikely to point at pictures in the book.  This early developing social skill is crucial to later language and social development.
 
As some children with autism mature, they can become more engaged with others and show fewer disturbances in behavior.  Those with the least severe problems, may eventually even lead normal or near-normal lives, while others may continue to have difficulty with language or social skills.
 
If your child has autism, he or she typically will show some signs of delayed development within the first year.  If you suspect that your child may have autism, Dr. Mitchel Katz is available to discuss your concerns.  Some symptoms associated with autism can be associated with other developmental disorders, making it important to visit Connecticut ADHD Associates for treatment in the early stages.
 
Contact us at (860) 757-3352 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitchel Katz.

Many of you have heard or read about the term "Executive Function"; it may have been used if an evaluation for ADHD was done by a neuropsychologist. What is the relationship between problems with Executive Function and ADHD? Are they one in the same?

Executive function refers to a set of mental skills that includes the ability to:

  • Manage time and attention
  • Maintain focus 
  • Plan and organize
  • Remember details
  • Curb inappropiate speech and/or behavior
  • Integrate past experience with present action

As one can see, Executive Function problems are asociated with, or are a part of , the clinical syndrome known as ADHD. However, Executive Function problems are not limited only to ADHD; they may be seen with:

  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Brain damage secondary to Alzheimer's Disease, stroke, or brain injury

The simplest was to think about executive function, is that all patients diagnosed with ADHD have problems with Executive Function, but not all patient with Executive Function problems have ADHD.

I hope that clarifies the issue a little bit.

Regards,

Mitchel Katz, MD

By Mitchel Katz, MD
February 11, 2013
Category: ADHD, treatment
Tags: Untagged

 

I often get asked by parents as to the efficacy of non-drug interventions in the treatment of their child’s ADHD. 

A recent study in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry outlined the findings of a multinational team of experts, who found no positive effects from psychological treatments including mind exercises (cognitive training), neurofeedback, and behavioral modification training. The researched discovered only small benefits associated with certain dietary modifications (which is consistent with a recent review article that appeared in Pediatrics).

However, one of the coauthors of the study said that parents should not be discouraged and should talk with their child’s physician as “evidence is never a substitute for having a discussion about your own child and wheat is right for your child and your family.”

I remain available to talk to any patient or parent about treatment methods for ADHD. 

Regards,

Mitchel Katz, MD

April 04, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Connecticut ADHD Associates and Dr. Mitchel G. Katz!

Whether you or  your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a expert in ADHD and other related disorders, I am excited you are here. We recognize the importance of keeping patients, parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our field of practice..

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to provide a source of reputable information for you or your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including news regarding ADHD and related disorders, advancements in pediatric and adult treatment, and practical  advice and updates from the practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health. 
As always, feel free to contact me with any health questions or concerns.

-- Mitchel G. Katz, MD - Connecticut ADHD Associates





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