The Attention Doctor

Dr. Don Kerson

For 25 years, Dr. Kerson has been treating hyperactive adults whose situation is complicated by other psychiatric conditions. He has developed a uniquely effective, comprehensive program for addressing the needs of adults suffering from ADD and the complicated array of unipolar and bi-polar depressions that so often co-exist with attentional difficulties.To our knowledge, no other treatment program integrates medication, psycho-education, meditational practices and targeted psychotherapies to address these complicated often long-suffering, but imminently treatable clients.

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Watch our new video series: finding your focus, understanding the interaction between depression and attention

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    Howdy one and all; long time no blog! Once again, against my better judgment, I am going to subject myself to the harsh glare of the camera, this time to create a record of the work I am doing (and doing and doing and doing). As the environment for stimulant prescribers has become more and […]
  • The Doctor is 'In'! Psychiatric Stand-Up Jan. 29

    As ever, mental health threads itself through the media landscape in one form or another. A few weeks ago New York Mayor DiBlasio announced a new mental health focus at Riker's Island prison, which is much needed as everyone knows we closed our asylums and moved these unfortunate folks to prisons instead. The New York […]
  • Peter Kramer in the N.Y. Times

    The front page article in the Sunday review section of the Times today is by Peter Kramer, of "Listening to Prozac" fame, a fellow Brunonian, (the attention doctor was Class of ’76). He's one of us aging prescriber therapists; but I'd be surprised if you can use ObamaCare to get in to see him. He […]


  • Audio: Dr. Don's Trances

    Dr. Kerson leads clients through focus-enhancing relaxation exercises and guided meditations in these audio recordings.
  • Audio: Improving Focus & Functioning

    An hour-long talk about Dr. Don's revolutionary new approach to managing AD/HD in Adults. Recorded live on November 3rd, 2008 at a meeting of the New York chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
  • Audio: Treating AD/HD Adults

    This is an audio recording of Dr. Kerson's live address to the 2013 New Jersey state convention of the NASW. Dr. Don describes his four-part program for treating adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).
  • Audio: Rewiring Your Brain Podcast

    In this podcast, Dr. Don outlines his new approach to handling attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in adults. This is followed by a brief question-and-answer segment.

“Getting Unstuck” — The Book

getting_unstuckGetting Unstuck is a groundbreaking first look at the complex interaction between attention, depression and the traumatic experiences of childhood.

Praise for Getting Unstuck:

"A superb book by a superb clinician. This book has what so many books on this subject lack: the honesty and truth that can only be gained by working in the trenches of real life. What you'll get from this book are nuggets you can really use in your everyday life, as well as hope and confidence you can feed on day in and day out. Dr. Kerson has worked a lifetime to write this book, and his life's work now becomes a precious gift to us all.” - Edward Hallowell, M.D., leading authority on ADHD

Table of Contents

  1. What Does it Mean to be Stuck?
  2. Stuckness
  3. Attention Deficit Disorder
  4. Depression
  5. Dissociation
  6. Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis
  7. The Treatment of Dissociation
  8. The Treatment of ADD: Executive Functioning and the Management of Time and Task
  9. The Treatment of ADD: Trance, Meditation and Brain Training
  10. The Treatment of Depression
  11. Dr. Don's Dreams
  12. Appendices: Cathy's Trance; B's Trance

About Greenpoint Psych

Greenpoint Psychiatric Services is a comprehensive mental health clinic located in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Dr. Kerson and his associates provide a full range of therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. Dr. Kerson also sees patients at his offices in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan.

Until we opened our doors in 1988, there were no mental health services available in the Greenpoint/ Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Since we opened, we have helped hundreds of our neighbors find concrete, practical solutions to their individual mental health challenges.

Our novel approach allows for a rapid, thorough and effective approach to a wide range of modern problems.

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There is generally a wait of at least two weeks to see Dr. Kerson. Patients can, however, request an urgent appointment.Dr. Kerson will generally contact you the Friday or Saturday after you get in touch, and will be booking for the week after that or later.

He works Mondays and Thursdays in Greenpoint, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Manhattan.

The insurance we accept is Aetna, Cigna, BlueCross/BlueShield, Emblem or Value Options. We also accept direct payment from patients.

About Dr. Don

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Dr. Don Kerson

Dr. Don Kerson is a foremost authority on the treatment of ADD, depression and trauma. For 25 years, he has been treating hyperactive adults whose condition is complicated by other psychiatric conditions. He has developed a uniquely effective, comprehensive program for addressing the needs of adults suffering from ADD and the complicated array of unipolar and bi-polar depressions that so often co-exist with attentional difficulties.

He treats clients at his offices in Manhattan and at Greenpoint Psychiatric Services, the clinic he founded in Brooklyn, N.Y. Previously, he was medical director of the Long Island Consultation Center, a leading mental health and substance abuse clinic in New York.

In addition to his ongoing medication and therapy practice, Dr. Kerson also frequently writes and speaks as an expert in the field. His book, Getting Unstuck: Unraveling the Knot of Depression, Attention, and Trauma, presents the understandings and techniques gathered over his broad clinical experience.

More of his writing and speaking is here, and on his blog.

Contact Us

Name: Dr. Don Kerson
Phone: 718-383-3493
Address: 861 Manhattan Avenue 2nd Floor, Brooklyn NY 11222