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Getting Adequate Care Overseas
"I recently moved to England, and I’m having trouble finding a doctor who’s knowledgeable about ADHD. How can I get appropriate care?"
Unfortunately, few clinicians in the United Kingdom consider ADHD a treatable neurological disorder. They view symptoms like inattentiveness and hyperactivity as evidence of a behavioral problem. Stimulant medications used to treat ADHD are available in the U.K., if you can find a doctor who will prescribe them. Consult a support group (find one at adders.org or addiss.co.uk). Or, the next time you’re back in the U.S., see a doctor, have a prescription filled, and ask your pharmacist about having refills sent to you in England.
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.