Comorbid Conditions and ADD Meds

Q:

"Will ADHD medication help my problem with picking at my skin? I've dealt with this, as well as depression and eating disorders, my whole life, and I'd like to stop."

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

Picking at one's skin is often indicative of obsessive-compulsive disorder. So are eating disorders. OCD is a common comorbid condition in individuals who have ADHD or depression, but it is a separate disorder. Thus, your ADHD medication will not help. Share your concerns, and my suspicions, with a psychiatrist.

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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