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John Small Mc Dougal, MD
(423) 265-2455
551 Oak St
Chattanooga, TN
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1971

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Tamunosaki E Lawson, MD
(423) 629-1550
2339 McCallie Ave Ste 401
Chattanooga, TN
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1983

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Noel McReynolds Hunt, MD
(843) 792-9888
2501 Hamiil Road South
Chattanooga, TN
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1989

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Mary E T Stroud, MD
(423) 698-0051
188 S Crest Rd
Chattanooga, TN
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Psychiatry
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Stephen D Spalding, MD
551 Oak St
Chattanooga, TN
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1990

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Patrick Hilton Bowers, MD
(904) 777-7661
725 Glenwood Dr
Chattanooga, TN
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1990

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Angelina A Supan, MD
(423) 266-6751
601 Holtzclaw & Cumberlandst
Chattanooga, TN
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Manila Central Univ, Coll Of Med, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1964

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Robert Tucker Spalding, MD
(423) 265-2455
551 Oak St
Chattanooga, TN
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1956

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Mary E Thompson Stroud, MD
Chattanooga, TN
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Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1952
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Hospital: Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn

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Dorothy Victoria Martin, MD
(972) 994-0540
910 Blackford St
Chattanooga, TN
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1986

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Understanding the Science Behind Behavior Therapy ADHD Treatments

Disorders - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Written by Sue Perkins   

As a non-medical treatment approach, behavior therapy ADHD treatment is a well-recognized therapy for children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The process is also sometimes referred to as behavior management.

Although medications can manage the symptoms of ADHD, they may not be suitable for every child. For some children medication has little or no effect on behaviors, for others the side effects can be just as bad in different ways than the ADHD symptoms. Also for some children the medications may not address all the symptoms and others may just refuse to take it. This can sometimes happen in older children and teenagers.

Behavior therapy for ADHD aims to reduce ADHD behaviors by focusing on three main factors. Children, especially young children, generally want to please their parents and may change behaviors to gain parental approval. Behavior therapy can also work by using positive reward as a motivational tool and also by the avoidance of negative consequences (punishments).

So, the idea is to increase the emphasis on the child achieving parental approval with rewards for positive behavior and discouraging inappropriate behavior with consistent punishments.

Having a child with ADHD can be like living in a war zone with constant tension, arguments and fights due to the frustrations felt on all sides over ADHD behaviors. Parents are constantly having to nag, berate and cajole to get anything done and children get fed up always being in trouble and labeled as 'bad' or naughty. The relationship can quickly break down.

So going back to behavioral therapy and focusing on aiming to increase the child's desire to please their parents there needs to be some time out from all this aggression where parent and child can enjoy an activity together. The best way to increase some goodwill between parent and child is for the child to choose an activity and then work with the parent to complete it. Parents need to ensure that they use motivational language and not try and take over or correct the child. This doesn't have to go on for hours, about 30 – 40 minutes should to be enough.

By spending quality time together that's fun, your child will start to enjoy Mom or Dad's time and will hopefully become more willing to please.

The use of the positive reinforcement can be a powerful tool in behavior therapy. ADHD kids generally spend much of their time doing something they shouldn't and getting reprimanded for their actions. It's not very often that they get told they've done something right. It is generally much easier to criticize than to praise but if you make the effort to thank them or compliment on the behaviors you want to see more of the likelihood is that they'll be repeated.

As well as verbal rewards you can also use other rewards. For example: for every good behavior your child earns a point that th...

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