When Everyone Knows the 'Answer'

Q:

"As ADHD gets diagnosed more frequently and receives more media attention, all of a sudden, everyone seems to know the "answer" to my problems. What can I say to these people?"

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

If people frequently comment on your "problems," you might want to explore the possible reasons with your doctor. Your ADHD symptoms may not be properly treated.

If these people are simply butting in, you might say, "I appreciate your concerns. However, I am working with a competent medical professional and feel that I am in good hands."

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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