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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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