Medication After School


"My husband wants our 11-year-old son to be "covered" by medication all day long, but I think he needs it only for the school day. What do you recommend?"

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

There is no magic rule. The best approach is probably to consider the demands of all the activities in which your son participates—and that goes for weekend activities as well as for sports and other after-school activities. If his symptoms keep him from being at his best in any given situation, he should probably be covered by medication at that time.

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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