Understanding Meds


"Are different medications prescribed for ADD and AD/HD? My doctor prescribed Adderall, but I'm not hyperactive."

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

Although AD/HD remains the official term for all attention-related disorders, some people use the term "ADD" for a person who is primarily inattentive and "AD/HD" for a person who is also hyperactive and/or impulsive. The medications prescribed for AD/HD work against all three symptoms, but they affect people differently. I urge you to try the medication your doctor prescribed before making any assumptions about its effectiveness.

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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