ANCHOR LEAD: ARE MEDICATIONS REALLY NEEDED FOR ADHD? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Much of the media pans the use of medications for kids with ADHD, raising the specter of a nation of drugged children doped into compliance at school and elsewhere. A new parents guide from the American Psychiatric Association for parents of kids with ADHD disagrees, as does John Walkup, a child psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins.
WALKUP: There are kids whose problems are on the more severe end of the spectrum who, despite great parents and good schools, really do have a problem. When you see negative information about medication in the media, or concerns about overdiagnosis of disorders like ADHD, I’ve had patients who’ve done the right thing, they’ve identified a problem, they’ve sought expert help, they’ve gotten that help, they’re compliant with that, who now feel bad because on some level there’s stories in the media that suggest that they’re bad people because they did the right thing. :29
Walkup encourages parents to read the guide as well as consult more than one expert in ADHD management for their child. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.