Dr.’s Holly and Charles Parker discuss the general diagnosis of ADHD, but how the mechanism behind the diagnosis is more important. What is crucial to ask, is “what’s going on somatically?” so that you can clarify what the brain function issues are. Dr. Parker elaborates on how our executive function has helped people adapt in their environments over time. Typical ADD and ADHD are often blanket fixes that do not treat precise brain function.

Our doctors look at how the traditional stimulant medications for ADHD do not address each patient’s specific needs. There is a whole web of intricacies with neurotransmitters that affect executive function. When assessing ADHD from a function medicine background, there are some important questions to ask. One of them is how many bowel movements do you take a day? This helps physicians look at what’s going on at the most basic level for a general transit time test. With executive function looking at the process of seeing change, dealing with change in a timely manner, and remembering something till the day we die shows working memory is a huge part of executive function.

If your working memory is desynchronized, they may show up as acting without thinking, thinking too much without acting (cognitive anxiety which is more related to dopamine), lastly I’m not going to think or act because I have too much going on, this is classified as “avoidant personality”.

The next part of treatment is how to get medications right. First you have to look at the patient’s metabolic efficiency. Looking deeper at the patient, there are functional medicine interventions for ADHD diagnosis. Frequent neurotransmitter testing is helpful, but Dr. Parker recently looks into molecular and cellular physiology, specifically methylation. If a personal is undermethylated, they are way too active. Overmethylated means the person has a “constipation” of neurotransmitter pressure in the synapse. Often these patients can have an extreme reaction to medication.

Dr. Charles Parker is a writer, nationally recognized speaker, neuroscientist certified for SPECT brain imaging, and practicing child and adult psychiatrist. With more than 43 years of clinical experience, from psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, Parker brings a unique perspective to the changes that must be made in the current diagnostic and treatment protocols for psychiatric conditions, particularly ADHD. He knows the territory not only from direct experience with clients, but from many years of lecturing to medical colleagues, on behalf of several pharmaceutical companies, on the science and applications of psychotropic meds. With a cutting edge interest in effective brain function, Parker teaches about cognitive and emotional imbalance. His mission is to translate brain science into common sense language. Parker’s CorePsych Blog has won numerous ADHD writing awards, and set new standards for the diagnosis and treatment of Executive Function Disorders. Dr. Parker works and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

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