New Doctor, Old Problem

Q:

"I'm generally unhappy with our pediatrician and the medication our daughter takes. How can I find a new doctor? Should I tell the new doctor that my daughter has ADHD, or let him evaluate her himself?"

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

Ask friends or a local parent organization to recommend physicians who work with children who have ADHD. At your first visit, say that your daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, but that her 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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