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Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., expert on schizophrenia
Q. Do you recommend finding out if your children carry the risk genes that can predispose to different mental illnesses? Is it better to know―and if so, what does one do with that information?
A. There are genes in general which so far have not been helpful to measure in most... More >
Jay N. Giedd, M.D. - brain & behavior research expert on autism
Q. My daughter was diagnosed with autism at age 22. Is this common?
A. Jay N. Giedd, M.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health received the Ruane... More >
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.
Q. What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
A. “Children, mostly boys, who had horrible social vulnerabilities, but good verbal... More >
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.
Q. What would ‘recovery’ from Autism be like?
A. “They’re headed to a path of being independent and self sufficient as adults,... 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 >
John H. Krystal, M.D.
Q. How can a doctor or counselor help me feel less afraid or tense?
A. Many people are troubled by thoughts and feelings that they do not feel comfortable... More >
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior expert on anxiety
Q. Based off your mouse studies, do you think that the majority of men who are prone to stress and anxiety are fated to have children with the same issues?
A. No. An individual’s risk for a syndrome as complex and variable as depression or... More >
Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on anxiety
Q. Are there ways to alleviate stress before the damage is done to the melanocortin circuit you speak about?
A. There are many, many ways to alleviate stress but the particular approaches 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. My 10-year-old daughter is showing signs of anxiety. Can this become a full-blown anxiety disorder?
A. If the anxiety is within what is generally expected when a child is under stress,... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. What are some of the common myths about OCD?
A. "One is that OCD is not a severe disorder… in fact, OCD is a very severe disorder... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Is OCD an Anxiety Disorder?
A. “OCD right now sits in the Anxiety Disorders [in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Is there a relationship between OCD and addiction?
A. “This is an area of hot research … There’s a new model of addictions which says it... 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 >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. How is OCD Diagnosed?
A. “When you diagnose OCD you look for obsessions and compulsions … that are lasting... More >
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 >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. What Causes OCD?
A. “The simple answer is that we don’t know what causes OCD … We have a lot of clues …... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Is OCD Preventable?
A. “My urge … go get help when the symptoms are just starting ... get treatment early... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. Are there other mental illnesses associated with OCD?
A. “ ...for women, depression … as many as 60% of people with OCD will have concomitant... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. What are the best treatments for OCD?
A. “There are two powerful treatments for OCD – one is medication and the other is... More >
H. Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
Q. What kind of research is being done on OCD?
A. “There is great interest in OCD these days … in really understanding how to improve... 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 >
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 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. 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 >

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