How Can We Help Our Troubled Child?

Q:

"Our 11-year-old son has ADHD (and takes Adderall, Depakote, and Seroquel) and has been under psychiatric care for 5 years, but he's still unhappy, says he hates himself and harbors a lot of anger. Who can help?"

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

You describe a very troubled child. Based on the medications he is on, someone thinks that he has bipolar disorder, not ADHD. You need to go to where he can be evaluated by a competent mental health team. Don't wait. His problems sound serious.

Larry Silver, M.D., is 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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