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H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
A. “A mental illness characterized by two prominent symptoms: obsessions and... More >
Q. What kind of cognitive behavioral therapy is used to treat OCD?
A. “Exposure and Response Prevention, or sometimes called Exposure and Ritual... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Is OCD heritable?
A. “… it seems that early onset OCD, meaning people who have an onset of OCD at an... More >
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., Scientific Council Member, 1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, 2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research, Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, Expert on Childhood mental illnesses including ADHD and anxiety
Q. Is progress being made in identifying what causes ADHD?
A. The answer depends on what is meant by ‘progress.’ It is a resounding ‘yes,’ with... More >
Leslie A. Hulvershorn, M.D., M.Sc. Expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Q. How is ADHD diagnosed?
A. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed in children and... More >
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., Scientific Council Member, 1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, 2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research, Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, Expert on Childhood mental illnesses including ADHD and anxiety
Q. Is my six-year-old son too young to be screened for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
A. There is no rule as to the age a child should be evaluated because of behavior... More >
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., Scientific Council Member, 1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, 2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research, Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, Expert on Childhood mental illnesses including ADHD and anxiety
Q. In your time on the Scientific Council, what is the most promising area of brain and behavior research you’ve seen?
A. Two areas appear most promising. One is that great progress has been made in... More >
Leslie A. Hulvershorn, M.D., M.Sc. Expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Q. What are warning signs for or symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
A. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a lifelong psychiatric disorder... More >
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D. Scientific Council Member 1995 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee 2004 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research Professsor of Psychiatry, New York University Child Study Center, Expert on ADHD
Q. Are there specific tests available to evaluate my child, age 9, for ADHD?
A. There is no simple diagnostic test that can confirm, or rule out, attention-deficit... More >
Leslie A. Hulvershorn, M.D., M.Sc. Expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Q. What is the treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
A. Despite many years of research of trying to find good therapies for attention... More >
John H. Krystal, M.D.
Q. For early stage Alzheimer’s disease, could my brain be retrained by rote memory exercises?
A. This is an important question. Alzheimer’s disease is an illness where there remains... More >
Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
Q. What is the main difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
A. Dementia is a cognitive impairment that interferes with daily living and daily... More >
Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
Q. What are some of the major insights we have today about the aging brain and memory that we didn’t have 25 years ago?
A. We have alot of new insights. To begin with, we know there are two major kinds of... More >
Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
Q. What is the main difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
A. Dementia is a cognitive impairment that interferes with daily living and daily... More >
Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Can the new technology ‘optogenetics’ be beneficial for Borderline Personality Disorder?
A. Optogenetics (an experimental method involving the use of light beams to make... More >
Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
Q. I’ve recently read in the news about various preventative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (e.g. , increasing Vitamin D intake to quitting smoking). Is there any truth to these? Do preventative treatments exist? What are they?
A. There is no reason to believe that any of the recommendations that you have... More >
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Q. Can individuals volunteer to be part of the BRAIN Initiative? I’d be interested in having my brain scanned and mapped.
A. Though the programs that will be funded by the BRAIN initiative have not yet been... More >
Eric R. Kandel, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on alzheimer's
Q. I am a 78 year old woman with short term memory loss that’s gotten worse (e.g., forgetting my keys, forgetting words in mid-sentence, etc.). Am I destined to a future of dementia or even Alzheimer’s?
A. This seems, on the face of it, to be characteristic of what is called 'age-related... More >

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