Pushing Antidepressants


"Despite an ADD diagnosis, most of the physicians I've seen try to force antidepressants on me, and then accuse me of being uncooperative. Do you have any suggestions?"

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

No doctor can "force" you to take a certain medication. If you are convinced that your primary problem is ADHD, you must find someone who knows more about the disorder. Often, child and adolescent psychiatrists (who also see adults) are the most knowledgeable about ADHD. Ask your physician for a referral. Don't do nothing and let your life and career crash. Find the right person and receive the right help.

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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