Brian B. Doyle



Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Community Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D. C.
Private practice in Washington, D.C

Dr. Doyle has extensively published articles on Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. He is the co-author of The Impaired Physician and the author of Understanding and Treating Adults with ADHD. Dr. Doyle has been honored as one of the Best Doctors in America from 1997 to present and honored by the American College of Psychiatrists. He has also been a past President of the National Association of Medical Communicators.

Dr. Doyle has presented over 250 lectures to professional and lay groups on affective anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychopharmacology etc.


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Brian Doyle headshotEducation

Massachusetts Mental Health Center
Residency, Transitional Year, 1967–1970

Boston Children’s Hospital
Internship, Psychiatry, 1966–1967

McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Class of 1966

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Certified in Psychiatry

DC State Medical License
Active through 2016

Former President, National Association of Medical Communicators

The mission of the National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC) is to unite and support medical journalists and communicators as they provide health information to consumers via various media, including broadcast, print and the Internet.

Medical Director, Medical Answers

Medical Answers health series ran 11 years on various PBS stations across the country. The program was hosted by Brian Doyle. The Executive Producer was Jaynne Fitzgerald.  Doyle hosted a four part series on Cystic Fibrosis for Medical Answers. called “Real Life, Real Answers on Cystic Fibrosis



Understanding And Treating Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Available at Amazon 

An estimated seven million American adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.Understanding and Treating Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder provides accurate, timely information about the nature and treatment of this disorder. Written in a collegial style, this resource combines evidence-based material with clinical experience to address problems in diagnosing and treating adults with ADHD. Dr. Doyle shows how diagnostic and treatment methods in children with ADHD also apply to affected adults. He examines the role of medications, including new agents that expand the range of therapeutic choices.
Understanding the evolution of the concept and treatment of ADHD in children illuminates current thinking about the disorder in adults. Dr. Doyle presents guidelines for establishing a valid diagnosis, including clinical interviews and standardized rating scales. He covers genetic and biochemical bases of the disorder. He also addresses the special challenges of forming a therapeutic alliance—working with “coach” caregivers; cultural, ethnic, and racial issues; legal considerations; and countertransference issues.
He explores a range of options for treating adult ADHD:

  • Detailed facts about using medication, with specific information on both CNS stimulants and nonstimulant medications. He also discusses highly touted medications that are actually ineffective.
  • Full coverage of comprehensive treatment approaches beyond medication—focusing on cognitive behavioral therapies, among others. He uses a detailed clinical example drawn from several patients to illustrate issues involved in treating ADHD adults over time.
  • Complete review of conditions that may require treatment before ADHD can be addressed. Many ADHD adults struggle with comorbid anxiety, affective disorders, and substance abuse. Dr. Doyle explains how overlooked ADHD can complicate the treatment of other disorders. He provides strategies for the patient with medication-resistant or treatment-refractory ADHD.

The book provides in-depth discussion of such issues as the impact of ADHD in the workplace, including steps for maximizing job satisfaction; special considerations related to women; and the effect of ADHD on families. A useful appendix helps readers and patients find reliable information about ADHD on the Internet, allowing clinicians to develop an “e-prescription” to supplement medication and other interventions.
Dr. Doyle advocates the promise of enhanced life prospects for adults with ADHD that effective treatment provides. Besides addressing the special challenges of ADHD adults, Dr. Doyle conveys the rewards of working with patients who prove resourceful, creative, and persistent.


“The book’s strengths lie in it s chapters on psychopharmacological treatment and considerations. The decision-making process for treatment of patients with both stimulant and nonstimulant medications is covered thoroughly, taking into account such important topics as addiction contraindications, and side effect.”– “PsycCRITIQUES”, “May 23, 2007″

The Impaired Physician

Co-editor with Stephen Scheiber

Available at Amazon

The Oath of Hippocrates, administered to generations of physicians as they embark on their profession, begins: “I will look upon him who shall have taught me this art even as one of my parents. I will share my substance with him, and I will supply his necessities, if he be in need. ” Despite that solemn promise, we have too often ignored or neglected the physician in trouble. Even if we could put aside the human concerns of one physician for an impaired colleague (can our profession truly permit that?), we must concede that our society can ill afford it. This book, which has been assembled and edited by Stephen C. Scheiber and Brian B. Doyle, may be a lifesaver for the doctor in trouble and will be a health­ saver for the population of our country. A land which decried the lack of physicians a quarter century ago and spent the vast resources to double the number of graduates in medicine, cannot permit a tenth of all doctors to be out of commission. That would be a large, and for the most part preventable, addition to the cost of health care in America. In this book, Scheiber and Doyle have gathered the expertise of many psychiatrists who are knowledgeable about the impaired physi­cian.


Eloquence About the Social Impact of ADHD by Brian B. Doyle, M.D.

From Health in 30 July 27, 2007

One of my patients is so articulate about the social impact of ADHD that I asked him if I could quote him. He said, “Sure. Nothing is as convincing as hearing from actual patients.” I’ll identify my patient only as CHG, for “Capital Hill Guy.” He is over 30 years of age and single. He sought treatment for ADHD, which was made more complex by social anxiety and secondary depression. CHG is profiting by daily use of a long-acting Central Nervous system stimulant and regular psychotherapy sessions. We meet to monitor his medication and his vital signs and to see how he can improve his life further. After two years in treatment, his regimen stable, he is thriving.

“I used to drive people nuts. Now I feel free to be myself; I’m not toxic to others any more. I don’t have to keep myself on a choke chain for fear that I’ll talk over or interrupt them. I’m much less anxious socially; I understand how others react to me. Now that I can interact and listen, I’m much less depressed and frustrated and angry. I can get angry when I should, but I don’t have episodes where I rage at myself or at others. After social occasions in the bad old days I used to fret, wondering who I cut off or offended or talked over.

I’m still spontaneous. I still have lots of thoughts. What’s different now is that I can decide whether or not to speak my thoughts. Before I blurted out everything – and I mean everything!

I’m still feeling my way with others, getting used to this new way of interacting. I don’t have to hide out from people any more. That used to bother me, because I like people – I just behaved so badly around them!

Being able to focus on others, I’m much less anxious. I can be quiet and listen and pick up on social cues. There’s a whole world out there I used to miss. I’m learning about people because I can sustain a conversation with them and remember what they say.

Everything social is kind of new. Everyone notices the difference. I’m even reworking my relationship with my parents. They’ve always loved me, but they say I’m much easier to be around, now!

My work is going great, too. But I have to say that the biggest difference is in my intimate life. Impulse control really helps.”

Thanks, CHG, for letting others in on the results of your treatment. We’re both glad that it is going well.

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