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TOPIC TITLE: Meds for ADD in a 5 yr old
Created On 10/23/07 6:21 PM
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10/23/07 6:21 PM
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There is a possiblity that my child has attention deficit disorder (no hyperactivty). Are there meds that are effective for ADD? I know of the ones for ADHD. Will they work the same for ADD?


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10/25/07 3:09 PM
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As a social worker who works in elementary schools, first, who made the diagnosis. Was it someone who interviewed both parents, teachers, and extensively tested the child. Was this a highly qualified person or someone who the school system uses and it didn't cost much. After that and truthfully answering the question whether there are marital, parenting or other issues in the home, can you start talking about treatment. Treatment doesn't necc. mean medication. Do your research, read the books, consult a good child psychologist and good luck. The United States uses the most medication for ADHD in the civilized world. Other perfectly civilized countries like England have much stricter guidelines for diagnosing ADHD and therefore don't medicate so many kids. Sometimes it's as simple as changing schools or teachers. Some can't tolerate a child who isn't "cut from the same cloth" as the "ideal child". If a parent wants medication they can get a prescription in 15 minutes from a pediatrician or neurologist but it's the child who suffers and usually doesn't solve the problem at all!


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