ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW GUIDE FOR ADHD HAS BEEN PUBLISHED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Your child has just been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Now what? The American Psychiatric Association can help you make sense of the chaos with a new guide designed to help parents negotiate the confusing maze of treatment options. John Walkup, a child psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, says the guide helps define the problem.
WALKUP: The controversy has always been that ADHD is overdiagnosed and overtreated. And the fact of the matter is that a little less than 8% of kids will meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD but only about half of those kids are actually getting pharmacotherapy for this disorder. Now, that’s not to say that every kid needs medication for the treatment but medication treatment is the standard. It doesn’t mean that kids can’t be managed behaviorally or that the school classrooms can’t manage these kids without medication but the treatment of choice is really medication. :31
The guide is posted online at www.parentsmedguide.org. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.