Auditory Hallucinations


"My daughter started taking a stimulant earlier this year. Recently, she's been complaining that she hears imaginary voices. Could this be a side effect of her medication?"

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

Auditory hallucinations are not a side effect of stimulants. Have your daughter go off medication for a week. If the voices go away, ask your doctor about switching her to another medication. If they persist, your doctor should look for another cause. Possible causes include anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

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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