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Marcia Ann Meckler, MD
(215) 471-2511
9000 New Delhi Pl
Dulles, VA
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Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1987

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Conrad Vernon Schmitt, MD
(972) 219-1619
2020 Accra Pl
Dulles, VA
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 1985

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Maya Bhatia, MD
(703) 404-2701
6 Pidgeon Hill Dr Ste 260
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Debra Walker Brescan, MD
(440) 526-3030
Herndon, VA
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Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1988

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Sabah Mehdi Hadi, MD
(301) 624-8400
1453 Powells Tavern Pl
Herndon, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1988

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Kenneth B Dekleva, MD
(202) 663-1903
900 New Delhi Pl
Dulles, VA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ronald J Garson, MD
(703) 404-2135
12704 Taustin Ln
Herndon, VA
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Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1974

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Guy M Walters, MD
20494 Swecker Farm Pl
Sterling, VA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Hien Tien Tran, MD
(703) 707-9739
131 Elden St Ste 150
Herndon, VA
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hue, Fac De Med, Hue, Vietnam (942-02 Eff 1983)
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: Charter Behavioral Health Syst, Leesburg, Va

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David Paul Gormley, MD
(703) 994-9228
2104 Capstone Cir
Herndon, VA
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Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1961

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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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