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Dr. David Hoffman

Clinical Psychology
Lexington, MA
22 years experience male

Locations

David Hoffman, PhD, llc

Lexington, MA

Address

1666, Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA, United States
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6173008896

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Clinical Psychology

ADHD and Autism

Child Psychiatry

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Connecticut, Massachusetts

Doctor Q&A

109 Answers
43 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Inappropriate Bx: Behavior that is ineffective and typically problematic to the doer and to those around them in a specific context or situation. Talking loudly duri... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
High Fx Anxiety: It is a popularized concept in the media, not a true diagnosis like OCD. It appears to also be used for depression. Basically it suggests that the ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Unhealthy side...: Any activity that interferes in important functions (work/play) and/or creates distress is unhealthy. There are plenty of health benefits though. H... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Effects of Alcohol: Is is a central nervous system depressant (slows it down) that can alter peoples’ thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions and even their reactions... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
GP disapproval: Your psychiatrist should have an answer for you more fully. Risperdal is considered an "anti-psychotic" and has a side effect profile of higher conc... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
ADHD & OCD: Good question. Absolutely. Up to half (maybe more) of people with ADHD have another diagnosis at sometime as well. So ADHD + a lot of things can ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Obsessive Repetition: In psychiatric parlance this refers to do something over and over in a mentally focused fashion. Typically the action also coexists with mental focus... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
I hear you...: Terrible place to be and one that becomes a negative spiral very quickly (no sleep-> poor functioning->nxiety-->poor sleep). Talk to a ment... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
What to look for: Really looking for problems with behavior, emotions, social relations that can be caused by with a child seeming to have not developed age appropriat... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Lexapro reinitiated: Not MD, but experience with patients, many on such SSRI's is that if they worked once they typically work similarly again. All the best to you on yo... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Depression: Good question and good for you. People respond idiosyncratically to meds for anx/dep. so there are still a lot of options open and I see this time a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) effects: It use to be believed that only people with ADHD would experience benefit from stimulant medications like Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). We now know tha... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Short answer no: In rare cases psychotropic medications can adversely effect your thinking/memory (your ability to use your IQ, not your IQ) If so, discontinuatio... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Complex PTSD: Complex PTSD is a proposed diagnosis to be added to the medical diagnostic system to cover individuals who have had chronic trauma and whose resulting... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Exec Function Sx: Problems with Executive Functioning are seen in symptoms like: poor self control, impulsivity, inappropriate behavior, difficulty controlling emotion... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Generally safe...: There is no evidence of significant harm that can be done in the process of biofeedback. That said, it may not be the best treatment for every issue ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Stimulants & Suppl.: Check with your prescriber before adding any supplements. Your concern is valid as a lot of supplements for weight loss contain stimulant properties... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Hitler and paranoia: I am not a historian. However, I don't think Hitler was formally diagnosed paranoid condition. Psych symptoms can wax and wane and be a matter of d... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Very complicated: I agree with the previous answers. Let me say that the other doctors did a great job, 400 words is way to limited to give you a comprehensive answer.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
CBT rewire: CBT focused on change of thinking and behavior that can be associated with changes in the brain. This however is not unique to CBT. As elluded to ea... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Just want to add: Some recent research studies put Strattera (atomoxetine) up there with Ritalin. It takes longer to get to therapeutic dose and needs to be expertly t... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Comparing therapy: Although schools of therapy propose different concepts about problems and cures, there is research to suggest that most therapy as practice include a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
To clarify: ADHD is treated by a combination of medication and therapy. For children the medications would need to be prescribed by a Pediatrician or Psychiatri... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
SAD...: Agree with other doctor first and foremost. Some doctors find a lot of people deficient in Vitamin D especially in places with poor weather during wi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Alt Med for anxiety: Agree with previous. Recent research and some experienced thought leaders in alt. medicine also encourage GABA, L-Theanine, and Rhodiola. First tw... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Online Quizzes: Best to have a professional give you validated measures for these disorders. As mentioned by others, Vanderbilt is good for ADHD, but will still requ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
CBT: It is primarily a talk therapy where one sits with a therapist. It is structured around analyzing thoughts, feelings and action sequences in one's li... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Cure?: Tends to be a lifelong issue to some degree but plenty of very high functioning and happy people live with autism. Early intervention, early interve... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
ADHD and JOB: Assuming you have a formal diagnosis and are being effectively treated with medication, then counseling with a ADHD specialist and highly recommend us... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Treatment Resistance: Such an incredibly hard position to be in. Can I tell you though please, that everyone responds to treatments differently and that slowly trying ever... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Adhd Testing: As the other doctor suggests there is no one test for ADHD, and a diagnosis is based on reports and observed behavior via checklists and interview. 2... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
A resource: For parents wanting to understand "normal" vs. delayed development and get ideas and advice for their parenting the following award-winning website is... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Antidepressants: Agree with previous answers. To expand on what they are saying Prozac (fluoxetine) which is in the class of antidepressants most used and other ones a... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
CBT and OCD: CBT is typically the first line of treatment and research suggests is probably the most effective option. Of the CBT techniques Exposure-Response Pre... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Non medical answers: Couldn't agree more about the value of medical intervention. Adult ADHD treatment has no one silver bullet, so in addition to medication options, st... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Prob with life: Quality of life suffers. Ability to be reliable and effective worker is impaired. People can be disorganized and unpredictable. Social relationshi... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Sun & Depression: Vitamin D deficiency can be a factor in poor mood and worsening depression, thus regular sunlight can be a help to depression even if there is no clea... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Rumination...: These thoughts have to be replaced by other things, the more you "try to stop ruminating" the more you are just going to be focused on those ruminatio... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Avoiding Dep: This is a great question. As many as 17 adults (maybe more) in 100 will experience depression sometime in their lives. So bravo for asking. The pr... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
ADHD Vitamin?: ADHD is best treated on all fronts, including from the perspective of health. Ones overall health plays a role in one's symptoms. As such, vitamin ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Headache type: You mention symptoms suggestive of tension headache. Radiating toward the eyes suggests the potential of a migraine. I find sinus headache needs to ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Marijuana: I am sorry your son may have consumed marijuana. Such experimenting behavior can be common among young people that age. You have a window of days to... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Concentration: Concentration refers to a person's ability to intentionally direct their attention to a task and be able to maintain in in the face of distractio... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Persistent Sadness: This refers to sadness or grief that extends days, weeks and even months in it's manifestations and therefore suggests significant concerns. This is ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Wellbutrin Anxiety: Desist taking it and talk to your doctor. Remind yourself that it is the likely reason for the anxiety. Breathing is vastly underestimated as a good... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Yes it can...: Don't feel shy to double back to your Dr if symptoms persist. Anxiety can be associated with all sorts of somatic changes, and in my experience is an... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
MCMI-IV disability: Your evaluator should have also interviewed you thoroughly and gotten a realistic picture of your life. If you decidedly under-reported your personal... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Mild apnea: Mild sleep apnea dx can mean between 5-15 events per hour, very likely worse if that is self-assessment. Get treatmen. More good options today, well... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Stupid Deeds: I am speaking as an expert in human behavior and I mean this passionately: every human being does absolutely stupid things repeatedly. Learning and... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
Natural Options: Always consult a medical professional before taking a supplement. There is evidenced that certain supplements can help with anxiety. GABA & L-... Read More

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Thanks, Dr. David Hoffman, I already tried the cutting down on masturbation, but it only worsens my addiction. I am just going to transfer my sexual energy into other healthy outlets instead! Thank ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer. My heart rate went down to 80 after a couple hours!
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! Ty for your help Dr. Hoffman

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

California School of Professional Psychology
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living
Completed 1997

Awards

Health Tap Founding Medical Expert
Founding Knowledge Editor, First Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2016
Top Psychologist, Second Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2017
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