Irritability in Autism in Children and Adolescents
Approximately 20% of patients with autism spectrum disorder have irritability. Signs of autism related irritability include aggression, self-harming behavior, severe tantrums, emotional meltdowns, and need for isolation.
Currently, there are limited treatment options available for irritability associated with autism spectrum disorders.
I am particularly excited about the science behind a potential new treatment from Axial Therapeutics, AB-2004, for the improvement of irritability associated with autism. Axial’s innovative scientific approach builds on research which shows that substances produced by bacteria found in the gut can reach the brain and have a negative impact on neurological development and behavior.
AB-2004 works by reducing substances produced by bacteria commonly found in the gut before they enter the bloodstream and reach the brain.
I am currently conducting a clinical research study sponsored by Axial with AB-2004 in Las Vegas for adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder and irritability.
For more information about this study, call my office at 702-297-6289 or click here!
Video Games and ADHD
EndeavorRx is a videogame designed to improve certain aspects of attention in children aged 8 to 12 years who have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Its precursor, NeuroRacer was designed to improve multitasking in older folks and was studied in people aged 20 to 79 years. As we get older, we aren’t as good at multi-tasking as […]Read More August 27th, 2021
Adolescent Schizophrenia: What you need to know about this debilitating illness
First, Schizophrenia is very rare in children and adolescents. Less than one child in every 10,000 children, before the age of 12, show symptoms of Schizophrenia, but 23 of every 10,000, adolescents or teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, display indications of Schizophrenia, (Androutsos, 2012). Schizophrenia symptoms vary greatly between children, adolescents and […]Read More April 01st, 2020
What is Tourette’s Syndrome?
Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome (TS), are often described by motor and/or vocal tics. Examples of Motor Tics: eye blinking, facial grimacing, mouth movements, head jerks, shoulder shrugs, extremity jerks, gyrating, bending and pivoting. Examples of Vocal Tics: fast meaningless sounds or noises, clearing ones throat, grunting, squealing, shouting out words, repeating words and repeating complete […]Read More March 25th, 2020
Does your child have Autism?
Do you notice your child having difficulty initiating social interactions such as maintaining eye contact, avoiding playing with other children and like to just play with themselves? Does your child engage in repetitive behavior such as lining up toys, rocking back and forth, flapping hands, making sounds? Does your child get bothered by certain sounds, […]Read More December 02nd, 2019
Does your child have school phobia?
Is getting your child to attend school becoming a constant fight? Children and adolescents who avoid going to school might be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can be associated with fears and stressors alike and overcoming such obstacles may require professional help. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is common in older children and adolescents […]Read More November 13th, 2019
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder occurs across the lifespan and is defined as excessive worry on most days. Typically generalized anxiety disorder involves worry about many areas in life, but children and adolescents are more likely to worry about school performance and family concerns more often than their peers. In fact, school refusal may be one of […]Read More September 17th, 2019
Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
More than 11 million U.S. residents suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition formerly called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Some use the terms interchangeably. This disorder strikes both males and females and is not limited to children. For the majority, it lasts a lifetime. Overview ADHD is considered a neuro-behavioral condition. It has […]Read More December 12th, 2018
What Works Best for ADHD-Behavior – Therapy or Medication?
A few years ago, researchers from several universities got together and developed a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health called the Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA). Several of the sites were located in California, not far from Las Vegas. In the study, boys and girls ages 7-9 years were divided into […]Read More December 12th, 2018