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Is it a good idea to medicate ADHD children?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
7 doctors agree

In brief: AAP recs

If a child has an accurate diagnosis of adhd, the symptoms of which cause him harm in academics, peer interaction, &/or behavior, then giving him medication that has a 70-90% chance of significantly improving attentiion span & distractibility & a 70-90% chance of significant decrease in hyperactivity & impulsivity, making environmental changes & starting behavior therapy is recommended.

In brief: AAP recs

If a child has an accurate diagnosis of adhd, the symptoms of which cause him harm in academics, peer interaction, &/or behavior, then giving him medication that has a 70-90% chance of significantly improving attentiion span & distractibility & a 70-90% chance of significant decrease in hyperactivity & impulsivity, making environmental changes & starting behavior therapy is recommended.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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2 doctors agree

In brief: The one...

Definite good reason to do that is: adhd at least doubles the chances of someone having problems with substance abuse, and treatment drops that risk almost down to that of general population.

In brief: The one...

Definite good reason to do that is: adhd at least doubles the chances of someone having problems with substance abuse, and treatment drops that risk almost down to that of general population.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics

In brief: Sometimes

Whether to medicate or not, is not the most important question.
What is going on with the child, is the presenting behavior serious enough to cause impairment, is the diagnosis correct, are there any coexisting conditions, what is the parents preference, child's age, parenting knowledge and skill in dealing with this issues, etc are some questions that come to mind first.Medication is usually a good choice.

In brief: Sometimes

Whether to medicate or not, is not the most important question.
What is going on with the child, is the presenting behavior serious enough to cause impairment, is the diagnosis correct, are there any coexisting conditions, what is the parents preference, child's age, parenting knowledge and skill in dealing with this issues, etc are some questions that come to mind first.Medication is usually a good choice.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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