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Tourette's and ADHD
"My five-year-old son is being evaluated for ADHD. Recently he has shown accelerated signs of facial tics and hyperactivity. Does he have Tourette's?"
Motor tics often start between the ages of five and nine. It may not be unusual to have a tic disorder and ADHD. If your son has a tic disorder, it might be best not to use Ritalin, Dexedrine, or Adderall. Instead, consider a non-stimulant medication. Does he have Tourette's Disorder? It would be best to discuss this with your family doctor or a pediatric neurologist.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.