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How Can I Tell if the Meds Work?
"My five-year-old son just started taking AD/HD medication. How can I tell if it’s working?"
Because your son is only five, he probably won’t be able to articulate whether he “feels” different.
Thus, you should rely on close observation. Consider the behaviors that prompted you to evaluate him for AD/HD in the first place. Do you see any reduction in those behaviors? Solicit feedback from teachers, school aides, and others who have had contact with him before and since going on medication.
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.