The Consequences of Untreated ADHD


"I have a 22-year-old son who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 8. We did not have him put on Ritalin. Now he's self-medicating and in trouble. What can I do?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Sadly, your son illustrates what may happen when someone has aneurologically based disorder (ADHD) and is not treated.

I do not know why he did not go on medication. But, in retrospect, it might have made a big difference in his ability to be successful in school and with life. Perhaps he might not have gone down the road he took. I can not give you specific names for your area. Perhaps you could contact CHADD or your local Mental Health Association for referrals.

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.
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