When to Switch Doctors


"My new primary-care physician told me she doesn’t 'do' adult ADD, and wants me to go off the medication prescribed by my previous doctor. What should I do?"

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

Find another doctor. If you know any adults who are being treated for ADHD, find out who their doctors are. If you don’t know other ADDers, ask the members of a support group in your area for physician recommendations. You can find support group directories at chadd.org and add.org.

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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