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What to do about attention deficit disorder kids who are mild? How to decide whether to use medication or not?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree
In brief: The only reason to
Treat adhd is when it causes harmful dysfunction in the child who has it.
Impairments present differently at different stages of development. Deficits in auditory short-term memory, active working memory, executive functions & compliance, related to inattention, impact academics. Impulsive/hyperactive symptoms more often impact behavior & peer interaction. Evaluation by a specialist may be needed.

In brief: The only reason to
Treat adhd is when it causes harmful dysfunction in the child who has it.
Impairments present differently at different stages of development. Deficits in auditory short-term memory, active working memory, executive functions & compliance, related to inattention, impact academics. Impulsive/hyperactive symptoms more often impact behavior & peer interaction. Evaluation by a specialist may be needed.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: ADD or ADHD
Kids are referred for evaluation in a mental health center if they are not doing good in school.
The peds decide on giving the rx. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is given in small dose like 5 mg 2x/ day for mild cases and gradually increase according to kids response. They are also followed up by psychologist and neurologist.

In brief: ADD or ADHD
Kids are referred for evaluation in a mental health center if they are not doing good in school.
The peds decide on giving the rx. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is given in small dose like 5 mg 2x/ day for mild cases and gradually increase according to kids response. They are also followed up by psychologist and neurologist.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Great question
It boils down to comparing risks to benefits.
How impairing and/or distressing are the symptoms? Also, rather than thinking of starting meds as a forever "marriage", think of it as a "trial". If the med is not well tolerated doesn't and provide significant improvement, stop giving it! despite anecdotal horror stories, there isn't any convincing evidence that a brief trial risks any permanent harm.

In brief: Great question
It boils down to comparing risks to benefits.
How impairing and/or distressing are the symptoms? Also, rather than thinking of starting meds as a forever "marriage", think of it as a "trial". If the med is not well tolerated doesn't and provide significant improvement, stop giving it! despite anecdotal horror stories, there isn't any convincing evidence that a brief trial risks any permanent harm.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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