Doctor or Patient: Who Knows Best?


"Is it appropriate for me to ask my doctor to increase the dosage of my stimulant medication, or should he be the one to suggest changes in my treatment?"

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

If you feel your current dosage is no longer effective, tell your doctor. You're the one who truly knows how well your medication is working, and an increase may well be called for.

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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