January 18, 2018 - February 1, 2018| $129
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The ADHD course consists of three modules designed to provide health care professionals with a framework for integrating nutritional diagnosis and treatment into the clinical management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Evidence-based interventions focused on dietary macronutrient balance, micronutrient support, and environmental considerations are presented.
ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders among children. Nutritional factors are often excluded from diagnostic evaluation when determining the etiologies of behavioral abnormalities and poor academic performance. This module introduces the genetic, biochemical, and nutritional factors that disrupt neurotransmitter homeostasis and contribute to the symptoms of ADHD. We will also discuss how metaphysical concepts and practices apply to ADHD treatment.
Numerous population studies demonstrate a clear and consistent link between poor diet and an increased risk for ADHD. Dietary modification has been established as an effective component of patient care, with evidence indicating a direct dose-sensitive response to certain foods in many individuals. This module highlights the roles of dietary constituents from carbohydrates, protein, and fats that influence the regulation and metabolism of neurotransmitters in the brain.
The micronutrients module focuses on the critical functions of essential vitamins and minerals acting as enzyme co-factors in metabolic reactions with wide-ranging effects on hormones and neurotransmitters. Zinc, magnesium, lithium, iron, copper, phosphorus and lead will all be discussed in relation to their positive or negative impacts on ADHD symptoms. Finally, the profound benefits from exercise will be considered in the management of mood and behavior.
James M. Greenblatt, MD
A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt MD has treated patients with complex behavioral and mood disorders since 1990. After receiving his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Greenblatt completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Greenblatt went on to pursue a two year fellowship at John Hopkins University School of Medicine to become board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry where he also served as the Chief Resident. During the fellowship, Dr. Greenblatt received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that appear in childhood, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and complex mood and anxiety disorders.