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Adult Attention Deficits – The Psychiatrist as Detective

Given the risk that “Adult ADD” may become over-diagnosed, and stimulants may become over-prescribed, much in the same fashion as childhood ADD, it is important to recognize that there are many causes of disrupted attention in adults that bring about symptoms similar to adult ADD, but have differing origins and treatments. A careful diagnostic assessment is in order.

The Psychiatrist as Psychotherapist

Those psychiatrists trained in “The Golden Age of Psychiatry” received intensive training in various modalities of psychotherapy, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems; as well as learning the science of psychopharmacology. These fortunate physicians are able to evaluate and treat the whole person, including the ability to address biological, psychological, social/environmental, and existential issues throughout the course of therapy with their clients, according to the Biopsychosocial Model.