New Problems With Meds


"I've been taking the same dosage of a stimulant for years with no problems, but recently I've started getting angry or moody when I'm on it. Should I stop taking it?"

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

If you've been taking this medication at this dose for several years, I suspect that the anger or moodiness has more to do with stress, depression, or another problem. But if you're convinced that it's the medication, ask your doctor about taking a lower dose - and see what happens.

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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