Stimulant Medications Not Working


Since I was diagnosed with ADHD, I’ve tried three different stimulants, at different doses. None has had any effect. I’ve read that ADHD medications usually make a dramatic difference. Could it be that they just don’t work for me?

Dr. Larry Silver M.D. is the author of two books about parenting ADHD/LD children.

It is very unusual for someone with ADHD not to respond to a stimulant medication.

How did your doctor diagnose the ADHD? What criteria were used?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines a list of ADHD symptoms that must be chronic and pervasive to substantiate a diagnosis. I suspect that either the diagnosis is incorrect or that there is more going on than just ADHD.

Discuss this with your doctor. Your conversation should focus on the reason for the behaviors you are concerned about rather than on why the medication did not work.

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.
Copyright © 1998 - 2016 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018