We believe in a holistic approach to ADHD treatment. That includes all proven methods of treatment, from meditation to medication.
ADD/ADHD medication is safe, and does work to improve symptoms. We believe the most devastating of symptom of ADD or ADHD is shame or a sense that one is failure or has failed in their lives. This is especially troubling for children who are not reaching their true potential in school because of inattention or procrastination. Medication can be an effective treatment to improve symptoms and, most importantly, reduce the associated shame that comes with ADD/ADHD.
The Sachs Center recommends the experienced and empathetic Harvard-educated psychiatrist Dr. Kyle Lapidus. Dr. Lapidus is trained in managing a multitude of symptoms and problems, especially ADD/ADHD. Your first visit with Dr. Lapidus will include a psychiatric evaluation, where he will gather sufficient information in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
A psychiatric evaluation is comprehensive and focuses on your medical history and current situation. During the evaluation, the psychiatrist will ask for physical, behavioral, genetic and cognitive past, evaluate your mood, behavior, mental status and ask for family history. If needed, the psychiatrist may order blood tests or other medical exams. This type of evaluation is ongoing and requires more than one session. In addition, Dr. Lapidus may ask to contact a family member or close friend to gather more information.
After the extensive assessment, Dr. Lapidus will give you a diagnosis and recommend treatment and medication if appropriate. The psychiatrist will also conduct follow up appointments to manage your medication. Medication management is a personalized service by our psychiatrist that monitors the medications you are taking. The goal of medication management is to optimize your health outcomes by confirming that they are taking the medication appropriately so that they get the best results from it.
There are a number of aspects in monitoring medication or ADD/ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. During your consultation, you may be asked if you are taking the right amount of medicine, if your medicines are not interacting with each other, if your routine is safe, if you are having side effects and if you are taking only the medicines you need. By attending medication management, you will have a better understanding of the medication that you have been prescribed, you will increase the ability to self-manage your medication, reduce emergency room visits caused by medication-related problems, and improve your symptoms.
Stimulant medication improves ADD symptoms in roughly three-fourths of adults. They reduce hyperactive symptoms, including problems with focus, impulsive behavior, aggression, defiance, and task-completion. In addition, stimulant medication can greatly increase concentration, work productivity, emotional control, and appropriate social behavior.
Stimulants are one the most researched medications in psychiatry, having been in use for more than 40 years, with over 400 studies over thousands of cases. Advances in the delivery system of the medication, ex. short/long acting, immediate acting, etc., have been steadily improving, making the medications even more effective as science improves. The short-acting forms of the drug can be taken up to three times per day and the long-acting type is taken only once per day. The Mt. Sinai trained psychiatrist at the Sachs Center will help guide you through this process.
Stimulants are not considered to be habit-forming, because the doses used to treat ADD are too small to produce narcotic-like dependency. Common side effects include headache, decreased appetite, insomnia, upset stomach, and elevated blood-pressure. It should be noted that the major side effects only last a few weeks while the body gets used to the new medication. The Sachs Center’s psychiatrist will likely change medication if side-effects last for more than several days.
Contact us at 646-807-8900 to learn how to make an appointmnt with Dr. Lapidus.