Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Map & directions
Rm. 126
713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-3188
Office Hours: 8:30pm-5pm, Mon-Fri

The Upstate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Program is a nationally recognized center for the assessment and treatment of ADHD. Children, adolescents, and adults referred to this program for evaluation undergo a comprehensive protocol of behavior rating scales, interviews, and psychological testing, working directly with Dr. Antshel and his staff in all phases of this process.

Kevin Antshel, Phd., Director

Clinicians

Thomas L Schwartz, MD

Thomas L Schwartz, MD
Appointed 07/01/95
328 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-3165

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1999
  • MD: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 1995
  • BA: Bucknell University, 1991

Clinical Interests

  • PLease note, not accepting new patients

Research Interests

  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Specialties & Certification

  • Psychiatry

Treats

  • Adults

Treatments/Services

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

Publications

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Research Abstract

Selected References

Schwartz TL, Masand PS: The Role of Atypical Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Delirium Psychosomatics 43:3;171-174, May-June 2002

Masand PS, Schwartz TL, Alao A: Research Priorities in Electroconvulsive Therapy Archives of Indian Psychiatry. 6(1):176-179 2000 Summer

Schwartz TL: The Use of Tiagabine Augmentation for Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorders: A Case Series. Psychopharmacology Bulletin 36(2):53-57, Spring 2002

Masand PS, Gupta S, Schwartz TL, Virk S, Lockwood K, Hameed A, King M, Kaplan DS: Paroxetine in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Pilot Open-Label Study. Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 4(1):12-16 2002. Presented APA Annual Conference 2001, New Orleans, LA

Schwartz TL, Leso, L, Beale, M, Ahmed, R, Naprawa, S: Modafinil in the Treatment of Depression with Severe Comorbid Medical Illness Psychosomatics 43:336-337, August 2002

Prakash S. Masand; Thomas L. Schwartz; Xiaohong Wang; Daniel J. Kuhles; Sanja Gupta; Bhushan Agharkar; Jacob Manjooran; M. Ahmad Hameed; William Hardoby; Subhdeep Virk; Bradford Frank. Prescribing Conventional Antipsychotics in the Era of Novel Antipsychotics: Informed Consent Issues. Am J Ther 2002 Nov-Dec;9(6):484-7

Masand PS, Gupta S, Schwartz TL: Does a Pre-existing Anxiety Disorder Predict Response to Paroxetine in IBS? Psychosomatics. 43(6):451-5, 2002 Nov

Schwartz TL, Beale M. Psychotropic induced weight gain alleviated with orlistat. Psychopharm Bull 2003; 37(1): 5-8.

Schwartz TL, Jindal S, Virk S, Wade M: Safety and Tolerability of the Antidepressant, Venlafaxine XR, in the Severely Medically and Surgically Ill. Presented at 2002 SUNY Upstate Medical University Research Poster Session Presented APA IPS Annual Conference 2003, Boston, MA (In Press) Psychosomatics

Malhotra K, Schwartz TL, Hameed U: Is Suicidality a Prognostic Indicator for Major Depression in the Primary Care Setting? Presented at 2002 SUNY Upstate Medical University Research Poster Session. Submitted APA Annual Conference 2003, San Francisco, CA. (In Press) The Journal of Postgraduate Medicine

Schwartz TL, Jindal S, Simionescu M, Nihalani N, Azhar N, Tirmazi S, Hussein J: Effectiveness of Orlistat Versus Diet and Exercise for Weight Gain Associated with Antidepressant Use: A Pilot Study. (In Press) Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Jindal S, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: An Epidemiologic Review. (In press) Obesity Reviews

Schwartz TL, Virk S, Nihalani N, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: An Etiologic Review. (In press) Obesity Reviews

Schwartz TL, Azhar N, Hussein J, Jindal S, Hopkins G, Simionescu M, Nihalani N. Modafinal augmentation to reduce fatigue associated with serotonergic antidepressants. Submitted to Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Simionescu M, Hopkins G: The pharmacodynamic history of treating anxiety: A review. Submitted to Current Pharmaceutical Design

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Jindal S, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: Treatment Options. Submitted Obesity Reviews

Clinical Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/findadoc/schwartt
Faculty Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/schwartt

Consultants

Evaluations

ADHD Evaluation: We provide comprehension ADHD evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. The evaluation will involve psychological tests and clinical interviews to determine if the patients' difficulties are due to ADHD or some other psychological concern. After the evaluation, you will receive several copies of a report outlining the results of the evaluation and specific recommendations.
  • ADHD Indicators: You may want to consider an ADHD evaluation if your or your child has difficulty in the following areas:
    • Following instructions from teachers/parents/family members
    • Organization
    • Focusing on tasks such as homework, chores, projects
    • Staying seated
    • Paying attention to details or often making careless mistakes
    • Listening to others when they are talking
    • Waiting his or turn to answer a question or participate in an activity
    • Restlessness or acting as if "driven by a motor"/"always on the go"
  • Second Opinions: We do offer re-evaluations for patients seeking second opinions concerning diagnosis or treatment of ADHD. Our evaluations can re-assess strengths and weakness, answer questions, and offer recommendations even if you already have a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • ADHD Evaluation Procedures: The ADHD evaluation will take around 2 hours. The clinician will spend the majority of the time with the patient. If the patient is a child, the child's guardian(s) will spend time filling out forms including a developmental history, questionnaires, and rating scales. During the appointment the patient will be completing psychological tests some of them are automated and run by the computer. Additionally, both the patient and the guardian will be interviewed regarding present concerns, expectations, and symptoms of ADHD. Following the initial evaluation, a feedback session will be scheduled. During the feedback session the clinician will review the results of the assessment as well as make recommendations about how to proceed. Additionally a written report will be generated and copies will be given to the patient or the patient's guardians. The report will include a summary of the evaluation and specific recommendations for the patient.
  • Appointments: To schedule an ADHD evaluation, please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu with your contact information. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120
Psychoeducational evaluations: The ADHD program offers psychoeducational evaluations designed to assess academic difficulties in reading, math, and writing. They are often conducted when a learning disability is suspected. If a problem is identified specific recommendations will be made as to how to best aid the patient in school settings.
  • Psychoeducational Evaluation Procedures: Patients will complete several psychological tests including an IQ test to obtain information about intellectual functioning and an achievement tests to obtain information in the areas of reading, math, writing, and spelling. These tests will also provide information about the patient's relative strengths and weakness in different domains. If the patient is a child, the patient's guardian(s) will spend time filling out forms including a developmental history, questionnaires, and rating scales. After the initial evaluation a feedback session will be scheduled. During the feedback session the clinician will review the results of the assessment as well as make recommendations about how to proceed. Additionally a written report will be generated and copies will be given to the patient or the patient's guardians. The report will include a summary of the evaluation and specific recommendations for the patient.
  • Appointments: To schedule a Psychoeducational evaluation please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu with your contact information. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

Treatments

Therapy: We currently offer individual cognitive behavior therapy for adolescents and adults only. Therapy sessions may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan and coupled with medication management. Therapy sessions may focus on skills to help the patient function more effectively at home, school, work, and with others.
  • Appointments: For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Kaitlin Hendricks at 315-464-3188. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

ADHD Medication Management: We currently offer medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults in the ADHD program. Treatment is individualized and collaborative in nature. The patient is actively involved in their care. All adult/adolescent patients are required to undergo baseline labs and maybe an EKG unless they provide proof of the same done recently. This is done to provide the best standard of care and address any underlying medical issues. Medications management focuses on the ADHD symptoms as well as any other co-morbid psychiatric disorder. Certain patients may require additional referrals or consults.

There are currently two psychiatrists on staff, with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. We also have a number of consultants available at our department for specialized areas of behavioral health treatment.

  • Appointments: For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 315-464-3188. For more information about Billing, please see the Billing information page.
  • Locations: This service is available at 713 Harrison Street Syracuse NY 13120

Research

The ADHD program at SUNY upstate conducts research studies on different aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These studies may create a better understanding of ADHD and how to treat it.

  • What to Expect: Participation is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop at any time. Specific procedures will be clearly explained before the beginning of the study. You will also be asked to sign a consent form which outlines all of the study specifications and expectations.
  • Time Requirements: Time requirements vary depending on the study. All time requirements will be clearly explained before the beginning of the study.

Current ADHD Research Studies

Contact Us:

For more information please call 315-464-3188 or email ADHD@upstate.edu. Please provide a phone number that is best to reach you at and information about what you are calling:

  • ADHD evaluation
  • Psychoeducational evaluation
  • Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Other

Care Guides and Patient Education

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) information / helpful resources:

For Parents

  • Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Cooper-Kahn, J. & Dietzel, L.
  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2008).
  • SOS Help for Parents, by Lynn Clark
  • Your Defiant Child, by Russell Barkley
  • Taking Charge of ADHD, by Russell Barkley
  • Surviving Your Adolescent, by Thomas Phelan
  • ADD Quick Tips: Practical ways to manage attention deficit disorder successfully, by Carla Crutsinger and Debra Moore
  • Parents and Adolescents Living Together Part 1: The Basics, by Gerald Patterson et al.
  • Parents and Adolescents Living Together Part 2: Family Problem Solving, by Gerald Patterson et al.
  • Parents' Survival Handbook, by Eugene Arnold
  • Helping Your Child Make Friends, by Rona Milch Novick

For Adults

  • Driven to Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell and J. Ratey
  • You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo
  • The Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults Book (and workbook), by Lynn Weiss
  • ADD On the Job -- Making Your ADD Work for You, by Lynn Weiss
  • Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorders, by Jennifer Bramer
  • ADD in the Workplace -- Choices, Changes, and Challenges, by Kathleen Nadeau
  • ADD and Adults: Strategies for Success, from CHADD
  • The Down and Dirty Guide to Adult ADD, by Michael Gordon and Daniel McClure
  • Women with ADD, by Suri Solden
  • Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult ADHD, by Kevin Murphy and Suzanne Lever
  • Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD, by Kathleen Nadeau
  • ADD and the College Student, by P. Quinn

For Children

  • Putting on the Brakes, by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
  • Jumping Johnny, by Michael Gordon
  • First Star I See, by Jaye Andras Caffrey
  • Zipper, by Caroline Janover
  • Slam Dunk, by Roberta Parker
  • ADHD Monitoring System, by David Rabiner
  • Eagle Eyes, by Jeanne Gehert
  • Otto Learns About His Medicine, by Matthew Galvin
  • Many Ways to Learn, by Judith Stern
  • How to do Homework Without Throwing Up, by Trevor Romain
  • The Don't Give Up Kid, by Jeanne Gehert
  • Keeping A Head in School: A Student's Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders, by Mel Levine
  • Full of Beans, by Chris Weaver
  • Trouble with School: A Family Story about Learning Disabilities, by Kathryn Dunn and Allison Dunn
  • What Do You Mean I Have A Learning Disability, by Kathleen Dwyer

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Organizations/Websites: Here is a list of organizations that provide information about different aspects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Billing Information

The following is a list of our in-network insurance providers:

  • Excellus
  • Medicare
  • MVP
  • UBH
  • Value Options
  • Total Care
  • POMCO
  • TRICARE
  • Child/Family Health Plus *through Excellus, United Health Care or Total Care only
  • RMSCO
  • Health Now

Prior to scheduling your appointment your insurance company will be contacted and you will be informed of your specific insurance benefits. Copays, deductibles, and the percentage of the evaluation covered by insurance will vary depending on your specific insurance plan. A comprehensive evaluation will cost approximately $400.00 dollars out of pocket. The cost of therapy sessions vary.