Exercise and ADD: An Expert Interview With John J. Ratcy, MD

Posted by: Pippa Wysong , Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health    |    Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:00 am

Attentionódeficit disorder (ADD), also called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is often surrounded by controversy over medication use and is perceived by many as a condition that is over treated. John J. Ratey, MD, advocates that exercise should be included in the treatment regimen, and that exercise can even reduce or eliminate the need for medication. An Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr Ratey is author of the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, as well as several related books in the popular press. He also has consulted on clinical studies pertaining to exercise and psychiatric conditions.

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