Roozbeh Adult Developmental Disorders Clinic (RADD)
Developmental disorders as a group tend to begin in early childhood and continue throughout adulthood. They often cause significant functional impairments and poor quality of life for those who have such disorders. Roozbeh Adult Developmental Disorders Clinic/Program (RADD) was founded in 2011 in Roozbeh Hospital affliated by Tehran University of Medical Sciences, seeking to achieve the highest standard in both clinical service and research in the areas of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is hoped that in the next step we cover other developmental disorders especially adult learning disorders and Tourette disorders. The clinic is a modern academic program integrating research, education and treatment all in the same setting. Our clinic faces unique challenges as well as opportunities as it is the first of its kind at the national level. The clinic targets a group of underdiagnosed and undertreated patients living in a developing country with limited resources and stigma. The goal of the program is to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive diagnostic assessment and evidence-based clinical care, including medication management, coaching, psychoeducation and psychotherapy (cognitive-behavior therapy mainly), and group activities. In addition, the program is committed to conducting and disseminating research and providing education to other mental health professionals and primary care clinicians and to the general public about adult developmental disorders. The treatment team consists of an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, and clinical coordinators.
Adult ADHD Clinic
Adult ADHD clinic was established in 2011 to help patients with adult ADHD. Dr Javad Alaghband-rad, Dr. Zahra Shahrivar, Dr. Valentin Artoonian and Dr. Abolfazl Mohammadi did all participate in early establishment of RADD in 2011. All referrals from various resources including self-referrals undergo a comprehensive assessment and receive a treatment plan. Based on individual treatment plan, each patient receives medication along with possible coaching intervention or some sort of change/support sessions. For some cases, CBT or mindfulness-based treatment is implemented.
Adult ASD Clinic
Adult ASD clinic is operated by a Dr. Mahtab Motamed (a general psychiatrist) in consultation with Dr. Javad Alaghband-rad (a child and adolescent psychiatrist), three part-time psychologists and a social worker. Patients may be referred to the clinic by other psychiatrists or they make appointments on their own. The clinic has been established in April 2019 and operates one day per week, with usually one new assessment and three follow-up appointments scheduled on each clinic day. After the initial comprehensive assessment based on treatment plan medication treatment begins if necessary. Non-medication therapy is also decided individually which may include behavior therapy, social skills training or coaching.
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