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ADHD Medication consult

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40 per session - Virtual OK

Whether you are a parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD who is concerned about giving your child stimulant medication or you are an adult struggling with ADHD, it is important to consider the risks and benefits of pharmacological treatment. For children, in some cases medication is beneficial and in others behavioral therapies are indicated. In some cases a stimulant medication works best and in other cases non-stimulant meds are better. The optimal choice in medication is influenced if you are taking psychiatric medication to treat co-morbid mental health issues.

Psychiatrists and neurologists today do not always have the time or access to the latest research to keep up with the developments in the field of psychiatric medication. At the same time doctors are flooded with marketing material from pharmaceutical reps pushing their latest formulations. As a result their patients don't get the best pharmacological treatment and end up taking a combination of drugs that can interact in ways that actually make their mental health condition(s) much worse. In addition, many psychiatric drugs actually cause a withdrawal phenomenon that can be debilitating if even a single dose is missed.

I will analyze your medication regimen or your child's and help you understand in detail how your psychiatric medications influence ADHD. I will help you understand the biological mechanism of action and how low-dose stimulant and nonstimulant ADHD drugs induce lasting changes in brain activity resulting in increased attention. I will make recommendations to optimize your medication regimen and if possible eliminate or titrate them or advise behavioral, TMS or neurofeedback therapies if the medications are making your mental health worse. All discussion are completely confidential.

Training & Qualifications


I am a Neurophysiologist/Neuropharmacologist with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. As an Assistant Professor at UTSW medical center Psychiatry Department I taught Neuropharmacology to Psychiatry and Neurology MD residents. As a Tenured Professor my research specialized in memory and attentional systems and how they are influenced by dopamine neurotransmission. I was awarded an NIH career award and ~ $2M in NIH funded research on mechanisms of addiction, the role of circadian rhythms on bipolar disorder, and depression resilience and plasticity in the prefrontal cortex. I am a Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Explorations Awardee. I received a Young Investigator award from National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). 45 publications in top journals Cell, Science, Nature Neuroscience.

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Nov 26, 2017
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Nov 08, 2017
I accepted a deal with Don to consult with my younger daughter after hearing from my older daughter about a Skype consultation she had with him. Inst...ead he sent her a request for a resume of past events and did not have said Skype conversation. I feel that the email that he sent her next was generic and not at all useful and I also feel that he y have recommended a dangerous medication according to research that my daughter showed me. I did feel concerned . When I approached him asking him to talk to her in person on Skype he became offended and microaggressive. I can not recommend this person. I am sceptical and feel let down by this experience. I feel that he also insinuated that he will be sending her a bill. I hope that is not the case since he still has not had direct verbal consultation with her. This has not been a positive experience. show more
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About Don Cooper

As a tenured Professor in Neuroscience and my experience teaching Neuropharmacology to residents in the Psychiatry Department at UTSW medical center it became clear that this service was needed. In g...eneral US doctors do not spend time updating their knowledge-base of the mechanism of action, side effects and drug/genetics interactions. In fact, much of their information/education comes from the pharmaceutical companies that market to them and their patients. Often times drug are requested by the patients themselves and most Psychiatrists comply with patient requests. Consequently, the wrong drugs at the wrong doses are prescribed without a full consideration of the patient's unique genetic background and history. My goal has been to help educate people about how the brain processes information. I received my Ph.D at Chicago Medical School in 2000. I did a 4 year postdoctoral fellowship in Neurophysiology at Northwestern University. I spent 4 years as an Assistant Professor at UTSW medical center in the Psychiatry Department. I received Tenure as an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. I have been researching Neurophysiology/Neuropharmacologist for over 20 years specializing in memory and attentional systems and how they are influenced by dopamine neurotransmission. I have been awarded ~ 2 Million in NIH grants as principal investigator. Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Explorations Awardee ~ 1 Million. Young Investigator award from National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). ~45 publications in top journals Cell, Science, Nature Neuroscience. I am founder of Mobile Assay Inc www.mobileassay.com to use mobile devices as analytical instruments for health and agriculture pathogen diagnosis. My diagnostics company is operating in over 15 countries working with the CDC and national programs to fight disease. show more

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