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    Larry Silver, M.D.

    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.

    Feature Articles

    * ADD Drugs: Safe While Pregnant or Nursing?
    Can your ADD medication harm your developing fetus? Can it pass through breast milk? Critical... more »
    * Beyond ADHD Diagnosis
    It is as critical to diagnosis accompanying conditions as it is to diagnose ADHD itself... more »
    * Managing ADHD Medication at School
    All you need to know if your child needs a school-time dose of his ADHD... more »
    * Why Is My ADHD Child Misbehaving?
    Fine-tuning ADHD treatment may well be the solution when a child's behavior takes a turn... more »
    * ADD Drugs: Say No to Side Effects
    A doctor's guide to finding the right medication for your attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD)... more »
    * Trying a New ADD Medication
    If you're considering a switch from your child's ADHD drug due to side effects, here's... more »
    * Diagnosing Related Conditions in ADHD Children and Adults
    How to help ADHD children and adults with common coexisting conditions like depression, anxiety and... more »
    * Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem
    Many kids with AD/HD and learning disabilities also struggle with poor self-esteem. Here's how parents... more »
    * How to Treat Depression in Children with ADHD
    Depression is especially common among children with ADHD. Fortunately, medical treatments are more safe and... more »
    * What Is ADD?
    An expert on ADD and learning disabilities explains the biology behind attention deficit disorder... more »
    * Diagnosing ADHD: 3 Common Mistakes
    Doctors sometimes diagnose ADHD too quickly or without considering all the symptoms. Here's what you... more »
    * Is It Really ADHD? Ensuring an Accurate ADHD Diagnosis
    Ask yourself these four questions before considering a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD)... more »
    * Can Children Outgrow ADHD?
    Parents of children with attention deficit disorder often wonder if their kids will stay on... more »
    * ADHD Medications at School
    A doctor's advice for managing medications during the school day... more »
    * medications: Use Them Wisely in College
    Have a game plan for tackling medications while in college... more »
    * medications: Expect Resistance
    Don't be surprised if your middle-schooler is resistant to taking his medications. Here's your approach... more »
    * medications: Tips for High-Schoolers
    Medications are your responsibility now. Here are things to keep in mind... more »
    * The Drug Approval Process
    How does the FDA permit the sale of a particular drug? The answer may alarm... more »
    * ADHD Drug Treatments: Managing Multiple Medications
    Treating ADHD and a comorbid condition like depression or bipolar disorder may require more than... more »

    Expert Advice

    * 'Mom, I Hurt Myself'
    Kids with ADHD have more accidents — unless parents step in... more »
    * A Parent's Guide to Explaining ADD Drugs
    What you can say and do to make your child feel good about taking his... more »
    * Alcohol and ADHD Medication: What Is Safe?
    How will alcohol interact with your medication for adult ADD? Read this expert advice before... more »
    * Medicate Our Child?
    What to do when you say yes and your spouse says no... more »
    * Using ADHD Medications Safely
    7 ways to maximize the benefits of ADD drugs for you or your child with... more »
    * Keeping Kids Safe
    Expert tips to help parents avoid some common risks to their ADHD children... more »
    * Helping Pre-Teens with ADD Succeed
    The middle-school years can be turbulent for many children with ADD. Here’s how parents can... more »
    * Protecting Children from Accidents
    How to keep your children safe this summer... more »
    * Period of Adjustment
    When a child's behavior suddenly strays off course, look for the real reasons... more »
    * Addicted to Computer Games!
    Game-playing can boost coordination and computer literacy. Here's how to keep a good thing from... more »
    * Keys to a Successful Summer
    How parents can plan for a fun, safe, and productive summer vacation for their ADHD... more »
    * Can Your Child Safely Take a Break from ADD Drugs?
    Important considerations when pondering a "drug holiday" for your child with attention deficit disorder (ADD... more »
    * Can Your Child Safely Take a Break from medications?
    Important considerations when pondering a "drug holiday" for your child... more »

    Life Stories

    * How Recess Promotes Focus for ADHD Children
    For children with ADHD, the endangered school recess is an essential activity that improves focus... more »
    * The Pause Button
    A grandfather discovers that, sometimes, ADHD children just need a break... more »
    * Sample Dialogue for Talking About ADHD
    If your child has questions, keep your answers simple, brief, and upbeat. Here's how... more »

    Ask The Expert Q & As

    * How to Ensure a Correct Diagnosis
    "My son was diagnosed with multiple disorders, after an interview and psychiatric observations. Was he... more »
    * ADHD in Adults
    "My wife suspects I have ADD. How do I find a location where I can... more »
    * Finding Reliable Help
    "Who can best diagnose ADD?"... more »
    * Sleep and ADHD
    "Is ADHD causing my sleep problems?" ... more »
    * Can You Have Only Some Symptoms?
    "Can you have SOME of the symptoms of ADD and still be diagnosed with the... more »
    * Explaining ADHD to Kids
    "My 10-year-old son has ADHD. Is it okay to talk to him about it?" ... more »
    * The Best Treatment for Teens with Addictions
    "Will Wellbutrin work for adolescents with drug addiction?" ... more »
    * A Qualified Diagnosis
    "My son's teacher thinks he might have ADHD. Who can diagnose him and treat this... more »
    * Building a Tolerance
    "My eight-year-old did well on Strattera for six months, but then his symptoms returned. Is... more »
    * Conception Concerns
    "Should my husband stop taking his stimulant while we're trying to get pregnant?"... more »
    * ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    "Our teenage son, who has ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), is hiding food in his room. What... more »
    * Stimulants and Heart Trouble
    "Our family has a history of heart trouble. Does the new stimulant warning mean it's... more »
    * Too Young for Treatment?
    "What’s the youngest age at which a child can be diagnosed with and treated for... more »
    * What's the Right Dosage?
    "I’ve been taking a stimulant for two days, but I don’t feel more focused. How... more »
    * What causes ADHD?
    "I was just diagnosed with AD/HD. Is the disorder caused by a specific genetic mutation?"... more »
    * The Six Types of ADHD?
    "What do you know about Dr. Daniel Amen's brain imaging research?"... more »
    * Appetite Blunted By medications
    "Because my long-acting stimulant tends to blunt my appetite, I typically take it only on... more »
    * Getting Insurance to Cover a Stimulant and Strattera
    "My son is doing well on his stimulant-Strattera combo, but my insurance company is unwilling... more »
    * When to Switch Doctors
    "My new primary-care physician told me she doesn’t 'do' adult ADD, and wants me to... more »
    * Is Medication Necessary? How Much?
    "Is there such a thing as being medicated just enough to get through school and... more »
    * New Treatment Available Soon
    "What can you tell me about Vyvanse, the new stimulant medication?"... more »
    * Inheriting the ADHD Gene
    "I don’t have ADHD, but my husband does. If we have a child, what are... more »
    * Appropriate Dose of Medication
    "Is my son's dosage of medication causing him to be irritable?"... more »
    * Exercise for ADHD
    "Will exercise improve symptoms?" ... more »
    * When medications Affect the Menstrual Cycle
    "I’ve been taking a stimulant for a few months, and my periods are noticeably shorter... more »
    * Outgrowing ADHD
    "Will my child need to take ADHD medication for the rest of his life?"... more »
    * Medication on the Job (Airline Pilot)
    "I am a pilot and want to try Ritalin on my vacation. For how long... more »
    * Nightmarish Side Effects
    "My 10-year-old son has started having terrible nightmares. Is this a side effect of his... more »
    * Medication Side Effects
    "Is it common for children on methyphenidate and Paxil to pick their cuticles, nails, skin,... more »
    * Getting Accommodations at Work
    "I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. Am I entitled to special accommodations at work?"... more »
    * Weight Gain and ADHD medications
    "My nine-year-old has oppositional defiant disorder, and he just started taking Risperdal. I heard that... more »
    * Family Disagrees with Diagnosis
    "How do I convince my family that ADD is real?" ... more »
    * On- or Off-medications When Undergoing Evaluations?
    "My 10-year-old son is going to be evaluated for learning disabilities. Should we give him... more »
    * ADD and ODD
    "My nine-year-old ADDer misbehaves at home and at school. Is he oppositional?"... more »
    * Quick Tip for Using the Daytrana Patch
    "My son's doctor prescribed the stimulant patch, Daytrana. I find it difficult to peel off... more »
    * Signs of Adderall Addiction
    "Am I addicted to my medication?" ... more »
    * How Strattera Affects Your Child's Growth
    "Is slowed growth a side effect of Strattera?”... more »
    * Talking to Your Teen About the ADHD Diagnosis
    "My 14-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD and Learning Disability (LD). He seems to believe that, if... more »
    * Too Much Medication?
    "How do you know if you are overmedicated?"... more »
    * What to Know About the New ADHD medication
    "I read about a new long-acting, nonstimulant ADHD medication. Can you tell me more?"... more »
    * Stuttering as a Side Effect of Ritalin
    "Is Ritalin causing my grandson's stuttering? It started a year after he began medication." ... more »
    * Success in High School/Problems in College
    "My 21-year-old son graduated at the top of his high school class, but now can't... more »
    * Is ADD Genetic?
    "I am 32 and pregnant. Can I continue my treatment for ADD, and will my... more »
    * Arranging for Accommodations in College
    "I was kicked out of school, but have since been diagnosed with ADHD. Can I... more »
    * Taking Tests in School
    "I struggle with test-taking. Is this common?" ... more »
    * Is It ADD or a Learning Disability?
    "I have a nine-year-old with ADD. School has become a struggle for him. Is this... more »
    * When ADHD Gets Worse with Time
    "Is it possible for ADD to become more prominent later in life than in the... more »
    * Ritalin and Headaches
    "Are stimulants causing my headaches?" ... more »
    * Addicted to Ritalin?
    "My dose of Ritalin isn't effective anymore. Why?" ... more »
    * Alternative Treatments for ADHD
    "Why don't doctors offer alternatives to treat ADHD before prescribing strong stimulants? Since starting his... more »
    * Difficulties with Reading Skills
    "I have an eight-year-old with ADD who struggles with reading comprehension. Is this common, and... more »
    * Medication During the School Day
    "My son needs a dose of medication at school, but administrators won't take responsibility. What... more »
    * Treating Asthma and ADHD
    "How do I treat my son's ADHD when he takes steroids for his lung problems?"... more »
    * Can Childhood Trauma Cause ADD?
    "Are signs of ADHD caused by factors other than neurological problems?"... more »
    * ADHD, Change in Medication & Learning Disabilities
    "My nine-year-old son had to discontinue treatment, due to abnormal EKGs, and is now failing... more »
    * Vitamins for Hyperactive Kids
    "Do vitamins have a calming effect?" ... more »
    * Desoxyn
    "Can Desoxyn be used to treat ADD?"... more »
    * ADHD and Genetics
    "Is there anything my son and his wife can do to minimize the chances of... more »
    * Adderall and The Menstrual Cycle
    "My 13-year-old daughter takes Adderall, and it seems to affect her menstrual cycle."... more »
    * Alternatives to Stimulants
    "What alternatives to Ritalin are available to my 11-year-old son?" ... more »
    * Narcolepsy and ADD
    "What's the link between narcolepsy and inattentive ADD?"... more »
    * Adderall and Speech Apraxia
    "Can my son be treated for both ADHD and speech problems?"... more »
    * Preschoolers on Medication
    "My four-year-old has been diagnosed with ADHD, and doctors have suggested Ritalin. What do you... more »
    * Getting Through to Junior
    "My 14-year-old son has been diagnosed with ADD, learning disabilities and a conduct disorder. He... more »
    * Putting An End to Aggression at School
    "Will medication control my daughter's aggression at school?" ... more »
    * Tics as a Side Effect of Medication
    "My son was given a higher dosage of medication, and now has trouble with his... more »
    * Depakote and Tegretal
    "What ADHD medication can be used with Tegretal and Depakote?" ... more »
    * How to Discipline a Child with Comorbid Conditions
    "My son was diagnosed with severe onset O.C.D., anxiety disorder, and ADHD. How do I... more »
    * Tourette's and AD/HD
    "Could my five-year-old son's facial tics and hyperactivity be Tourette's?" ... more »
    * Behavioral Changes In Teenage Daughter
    "My daughter has become sexually active, with no regard to consequences."... more »
    * Helping Teens with Conduct Disorders
    "My 17-year-old ADDer is oppositional. He has skipped school and run away from home." ... more »
    * Reading Disorders and ADHD
    "My eight-year-old has trouble reading. I recently read about a sight problem called convergence that... more »
    * Taking a Child Off Ritalin
    "Our doctor wants to take my daughter off Ritalin, even though it helps her. I... more »
    * ADD and EEG Neurofeedback
    "My children have had success with EEG neurofeedback training. Why don't more doctors offer this... more »
    * Storing and Using the Daytrana Patch
    "I've had trouble peeling off the protective covering on the Daytrana patch. Any suggestions?" ... more »
    * Bipolar or ADHD?
    "What's the difference between ADD and bipolar disorder?"... more »
    * Self Diagnosis
    "I took a stimulant and fell asleep immediately. Does this confirm my ADHD?"... more »
    * Pycnogenol and Alternative Treatments
    "Can you tell me about Pycnogenol and Maquelier's OPC (pine bark extract and grape seed... more »
    * Strattera: What You Need to Know
    Dr. Larry Silver explains what doctors know about the non-stimulant treatment... more »
    * Where Do I Go From Here?
    "My 10-year-old son may have ADHD, but his doctor says there's no definitive test. What... more »
    * Developing a Tolerance for Adderall?
    "My current dose of Adderall is less effective than it had been when I started... more »
    * Concerns About the Diagnostic Process
    "I realize that ADHD is often over-diagnosed as well as under-diagnosed. As a social worker,... more »
    * Daytime Wetting - Medical or Psychological?
    "My son, an 8-year-old on Adderall, has been wetting his pants. How can I break... more »
    * Mixing Medication with Alcohol
    "Should I refrain from taking my ADD medication on days I plan to drink alcohol?"... more »
    * How Much Ritalin Is Enough?
    "I'm 39 and started taking Ritalin 2 weeks ago. How do I find the right... more »
    * When Teens Refuse ADD medications
    "Why has my son stopped taking his medication?"... more »
    * The Consequences of Untreated ADHD
    "I have a son who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 8. We didn't... more »
    * 3 Keys to Mindful Medication
    "I have been on Adderall for several months, and I don't think it's working. Should... more »
    * Should My Grandson Be a Zombie?
    "Last night I observed my grandson after he took his medication. Should medication be causing... more »
    * Kindergarten Teacher Asks About ADD medications
    "In my classroom, I have two children with ADHD. I need information about medications and... more »
    * Do Medications “Cure” ADD?
    "Will Strattera permanently correct a chemical imbalance in the brain? Or does it just "mask"... more »
    * Ritalin and Growth of Children
    "Is there a link between Ritalin and growth problems?" ... more »
    * Is The Medication Working?
    "How do I know when we've found the right medication and dosage?"... more »
    * Questions About Concerta.
    Your questions about Concerta, answered... more »
    * Side Effects of Adderall
    "My son has had side effects since he started medication, but his doctor says they're... more »
    * Medication Choices
    "My son tried Adderall, but started squinting. What do you recommend for a child who... more »
    * Too Much Medication? Or the Wrong Kind?
    "My medication no longer works. I've had to escalate the dose, but feel like a... more »
    * Identifying Learning Disabilities
    "How can one differentiate between lack of focus related to dyslexia and that related to... more »
    * Does Medication Delay Puberty?
    "My 14 year-old seems to be slow with his puberty. Is there any chance Adderall... more »
    * How Can We Help Our Troubled Child?
    "Our 11-year-old son has been under psychiatric care for 5 years, but is still unhappy... more »
    * When Medication Causes Stuttering
    "Is Wellbutrin causing my stuttering?"... more »
    * ADHD Medication and Smoking
    "I have been taking stimulant since last year, and notice an increased desire to smoke."... more »
    * Dose Differences
    "My son was taking a short-acting stimulant, which improved his symptoms, but his doctor switched... more »
    * Drug Screening Dilemma
    "Will the stimulant medication that I take show up in a potential employer's drug test?"... more »
    * Repetitive Speech
    "Is repetitive speech due to my son's medicine, his ADD, or something else?"... more »
    * Eating Sensitivity
    "My daughter has always been a picky eater. Now at 15, she takes a long-acting... more »
    * More Fun Without medications?
    "My 18-year-old stopped taking his ADHD medications because his friends told him he was "more... more »
    * medications and Migraines
    "Can ADHD cause migraine headaches?"... more »
    * New Problems With medications
    "I've been taking the same dosage for years with no problems, but recently I've become... more »
    * New Doctor, Old Problem
    "I'm unhappy with our pediatrician and the medication our daughter takes. How can I find... more »
    * How Many Appointments Do I Need?
    "Our pediatrician requires my four ADHD sons to have screenings every three months. Is this... more »
    * Negative Response to medications
    "I began taking a stimulant, and I experienced anxiety, depression, and crying spells. Does this... more »
    * When To Increase Dosage
    "My son's doctor says to take the minimum dose of a stimulant for 30 days,... more »
    * Comorbid Conditions and ADD medications
    "Will ADHD medication help me stop picking at my skin? I've dealt with this, as... more »
    * medications: Covering the School Day
    "My son takes a small dose of Focalin before school. His teacher says that he... more »
    * Best Medication for Inattentive ADD
    "My daughter was recently diagnosed with inattentive ADD. Is it true that medication is less... more »
    * Pregnancy and ADHD medications
    "Can I safely continue my medication while I am pregnant or nursing?"... more »
    * Depakote plus Concerta?
    "Depakote made my son more aggressive, and the doctor prescribed Concerta to counteract that behavior... more »
    * A Sweet Tooth
    "My daughter craves sweets, but has little appetite when she's on her medication. Does ADHD... more »
    * Mixing medications
    "My client takes a stimulant, as well as a painkiller and sleeping pills. I think... more »
    * Pushing Antidepressants
    "Some of the physicians I've seen have tried to force antidepressants on me, despite an... more »
    * A Weighty Concern
    "My 9-year-old has ADD. He is overweight, and we were told that a stimulant may... more »
    * Skipping Strattera Doses
    "My 20-year-old daughter takes Strattera, but skips her medication on weekends. Is this risky?"... more »
    * Safe Driving vs. Insomnia
    "The stimulant I take makes it hard to fall asleep, but I'm a safer driver... more »
    * Medication Switcheroo
    "After only two doses of a long-acting stimulant, I felt like a new person. I... more »
    * Fear of Addiction
    "I used to be addicted to opiates and painkillers, and my doctor has prescribed a... more »
    * Delayed Puberty?
    "Our 13-year-old son shows no sign of puberty. Could his medications be causing a delay?"... more »
    * Try a Tricyclic
    "My 10-year-old has tried several stimulant medications, and the side effects always outweigh the benefits... more »
    * Icy Extremities
    "Our son has had extremely cold hands and feet since he began taking Strattera. Is... more »
    * O.K. to Donate Blood
    "I recently started taking a short-acting stimulant. Am I still allowed to donate blood?" ... more »
    * Fast Pulse
    "Can stimulant medications cause a rapid pulse? I'm worried about giving stimulants to my son."... more »
    * ADHD and Bed Wetting
    "Our 10-year-old son still wets his bed, yet a urologist could find nothing wrong. Could... more »
    * Responsible for Taking Medication
    "My 12-year-old has been taking ADHD medication for five years. Is he old enough to... more »
    * Tough Morning Routine
    "My teenage son has a hard time waking up each morning. Could this be caused... more »
    * Recently Diagnosed, ADA Information
    "I've just been diagnosed with ADHD. Am I entitled to special accommodations at work?"... more »
    * Medication and Seizures
    "My daughter has been treated for seizures, and her neurologist said Strattera could cause more... more »
    * Medicating Young Children
    "Our three-year-old shows signs of ADHD. Is he too young to be diagnosed with ADHD... more »
    * Increased Appetite
    "Do stimulants ever cause an increase in appetite? My son has gained weight since he... more »
    * ADHD and Sensory Integration Dysfunction
    "A counselor has suggested having my son tested for Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Could this be... more »
    * Ending a Long-Term Drug Treatment
    "I've been taking Dexedrine since being diagnosed with ADD nine years ago. Will I be... more »
    * Medication After School
    "I think our son needs medication only for the school day. What do you recommend?"... more »
    * Treating Two Conditions
    "I take medication for bipolar disorder. Is it safe to take a stimulant for ADHD,... more »
    * Poor Prescriptions
    "I've tried various drugs to treat my ADHD, but they all seem to put me... more »
    * The Feingold Diet
    "My kids are on the Feingold Diet, and it appears to have cured their ADHD... more »
    * Stimulant Addiction
    "My 16-year-old says he needs two or three times his prescribed dose to stay awake... more »
    * Switching to Stimulants
    "I've been taking antidepressants for years, but now my doctor says I have ADHD and... more »
    * Stimulants and Reflux
    "Is ADHD medication to blame for my daughter's stomach aches?" ... more »
    * Are Drug Holidays Safe?
    "My son feels sick whenever he takes time off from his stimulant. Is this the... more »
    * Former Drinking Problem
    "Does my past addiction put me at risk if I take the stimulant my doctor... more »
    * Auditory Hallucinations
    "My daughter says she hears imaginary voices. Is this a side effect of her medication?"... more »
    * Stimulant Dosage
    "My son takes a larger dose than my friend's son, even though they share similar... more »
    * Stimulants and Nausea
    "Could my medication be causing my nausea and fatigue?"... more »
    * Daytrana Skin Patch
    "Why is the Daytrana skin patch considered less likely to be abused than pills? And... more »
    * How to Stop Appetite Loss
    "I’m worried about my 10-year-old. He hasn’t gained any weight in the two years he’s... more »
    * Daytrana Side Effects
    "How does the Daytrana skin patch work? What side effects does it cause?"... more »
    * How Can I Tell if the medications Work?
    "How can I tell if my five-year-old's AD/HD medication is working?"... more »
    * Does Coffee Improve Focus?
    "Is it true that caffeine can help children focus?"... more »
    * Stimulant Drug Interactions
    "Is it safe to take a stimulant while being treated for high cholesterol and blood... more »
    * Stimulants: Short-Term Fix? Or Lifelong Drug?
    "Are stimulants generally taken for just a short period, or will I take this pill... more »
    * Are Dosages Based on Weight?
    "If AD/HD medication dosages aren't calculated by weight, why did my doctor weigh me before... more »
    * Refusing to Get Help
    "Therapists have suggested that my son has ADHD, but he's too embarrassed to see a... more »
    * How medications Affect Personality
    "Will I think different thoughts or lose my sense of humor by taking a stimulant?"... more »
    * Time to Go Off-Label?
    "My seven-year-old developed a tic after he started taking a stimulant. Should we try a... more »
    * Alternatives to Swallowing Pills
    "My 10-year-old can't swallow the pill his doctor prescribed. What can we do?"... more »
    * Vitamins & Stimulants: A Bad Interaction?
    "I heard recently that vitamin supplements interact with stimulant medication. Is that true?"... more »
    * Homeopathy for ADHD?
    "Can homeopathy really help my son with ADHD?"... more »
    * Rebounding on medications
    "My 10-year-old son whines, cries, and so on, as his medication wears off in the... more »
    * Understanding medications
    "Are different medications prescribed for ADD and AD/HD? My doctor prescribed Adderall, but I'm not... more »
    * Finally Ready to Get Help
    "My 19-year-old has agreed to see a doctor after years of depression and marijuana use... more »
    * Smart, with a "Glitch"?
    "My 18-year-old daughter graduated with honors but her teacher recommends getting her tested for AD/HD... more »
    * When to Reduce Dosage
    "My son has had a hard time falling asleep since our doctor increased his dosage... more »
    * Should medications improve handwriting?
    "ADHD medication improved my eight-year-old's attention, but not his handwriting. What should I do?"... more »
    * Doctor or Patient: Who Knows Best?
    "Can I ask my doctor to increase the dosage of my medication?"... more »
    * Mixing Imipramine and Stimulants
    "Can we keep our son on Imipramine to stop his bed-wetting, in addition to giving... more »
    * Long-Term Concerta Use
    "Is it true that long-term use of Concerta can cause 'burnout' of the adrenal glands?"... more »
    * Persistent Sleep Troubles
    "My son takes Strattera, as well as clonidine for his sleep problems, but it hasn't... more »
    * Dry Mouth as a Side Effect
    "My stimulant gives me dry mouth, and I've had many cavities in recent years. Could... more »
    * When Everyone Knows the 'Answer'
    "As ADHD receives more media attention, all of a sudden, everyone seems to know the... more »
    * "My Son Takes 8 Pills a Day!"
    "My son now takes two types of ADHD medications, plus six other pills to 'manage... more »
    * Foods That Interfere
    "Fatty foods seem to lessen the effects of my stimulant medication. Do you know of... more »
    * Caffeine as a Treatment
    "Can caffeine be used to treat AD/HD symptoms?"... more »
    * A Teen's Reluctance to Take Medication
    "My 13-year-old has been throwing away his AD/HD pills. How can I get him to... more »
    * When Strattera Isn't Enough
    "My son's doctor suggests a small dose of a stimulant in addition to his Strattera... more »
    * medications During Pregnancy
    "Can pregnant women take modafinil, which the FDA may soon approve for treatment of AD/HD?"... more »
    * Controlling Anxiety
    "My 18-year-old becomes anxious as her stimulant wears off. What's going on?"... more »
    * The School's Responsibility
    "The school nurse was out today, so my daughter didn't get her AD/HD medication. How... more »
    * Do Young Kids Need medications?
    "My son started taking a stimulant for his ADHD, but didn't like it, so we... more »
    * When to Give Kids Another Dose
    "Is Adderall causing my seven-year-old son to act out?" ... more »
    * Getting Adequate Care Overseas
    "I recently moved to England, and I’m having trouble finding a doctor who’s knowledgeable about... more »
    * Strattera for Comorbidities
    "My son suffers from ADHD and anxiety. His doctor prescribed Strattera. Is this the best... more »
    * Persistent Tics
    "My son developed a severe tic after he started taking a stimulant. He stopped taking... more »
    * Long-Term Effects of Stimulants
    "My 11-year-old has been taking a stimulant for two years. How much longer should he... more »
    * Medication for Learning Disabilities?
    "Why are there medications to treat ADHD but none to treat learning disabilities?"... more »
    * Sleep Strategies for Restless Kids
    "My six-year-old has a hard time falling asleep at night, and she often wakes up... more »
    * How to Treat Diabetic ADDers
    "My 11-year-old son, who has type-I diabetes, was just diagnosed with ADHD. Is it safe... more »

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