Getting My Son to Speak Up About His ADD

My 14-year-old son was diagnosed with ADD two years ago, and refuses to answer any of the doctor's questions about how the medication makes him feel. What should we do?
The Experts | posted by Larry Silver, M.D.
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Ask your son if he understands and/or accepts his diagnosis. Does he agree that he has ADHD? Does he understand what this diagnosis means, and how it impacts his life? If he knows how medication helps his symptoms, he might open up.

Another approach is to get information about his behaviors while on medication from his teachers. His school counselor can arrange for his teachers to report which ADHD behaviors they notice (inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity) over the course of the day.

If he continues to be uncooperative with the doctor, he may need counseling to help him understand his disorder.

 
 
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