New Doctor, Old Problem

Q:

"I'm generally unhappy with my doctor and the medication I take. How can I find a new doctor? Should I tell the new doctor that I have ADHD, or let him evaluate me himself?"

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

Ask friends or a local ADHD organization to recommend physicians who work with patients who have ADHD. At your first visit, say that you were diagnosed with ADHD, but that your medication didn't seem to be a good fit. Ask for another assessment to confirm the diagnosis and to come up with other treatments.

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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