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Taking a Child Off Ritalin
"My seven-year-old does well in school and isn't teased, now that she takes Ritalin. However, the doctor wants her to stop. We live in Australia where ADD is seen as made-up, and I think he shares that view. How can I ensure my child is given the medication she needs to function?"
ADHD is a chronic disorder that needs to be treated on an ongoing basis. The fact that your daughter responded so dramatically to the medication is all the more reason for her to remain on this dose. I agree that your physician might not understand ADHD. You might encourage him or her to read a book on this topic (for example, Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on ADHD).
If this physician insists on stopping the medication, seek another physician. Don't let your daughter suffer because of this physician's misinformation.
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.