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Attention Deficit Disorder And Medication: The Basics

ADHD and Medication: the Basics  

Stimulant Medication for Children and Adults

Non-Stimulant Treatments for Children and Adolescents

Strattera (atomoxetine) A critical look at a new medication

On Beyond Ritalin: A Humorous Look at Medications for AD/HD

New Medications for Adults with AD/HD

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AD/HD and Medication: The Basics

There has been controversy about the use of medications to treat both children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder There have been articles debating whether Ritalin is over or under prescribed. When people ask me about this, I tell them that I can only answer for the children and adults that I have evaluated or treated. Yes, there probably are some individuals who have received medication when some other treatment might have been better. On the other hand, there are probably others who were not been diagnosed for years and could have benefited from medication. Finally, even if someone has attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and is on medication, is it the best medication, dosage and timing?

Medication can be quite helpful if prescribed in the right context. First the individual needs a thorough evaluation. If medication is prescribed, it should be followed closely. Small changes in timing and size of doses can make a difference.

Although Ritalin is the best known medication for ADHD, there are a number of other useful medications. For individuals who have an incomplete response to one medication, the doctor can often work with the patient to find another medication or combination that does control symptoms. Some of the secondary medications may require closer monitoring during the initial phase of treatment.

Sometimes medication failure is due to lack of communication between patient and doctor. (and sometimes school) The doctor, patient and family should be clear about exactly which symptoms they expect the medication to treat. Patients should ask questions. They should inform the doctor if there are side effects or if the medication does not seem to be working.

If medication is still not working as expected, it may be time to re-evaluate the diagnosis. Individuals with ADHD may also have other disorders at the same time. Anxiety and depression may superficially resemble ADHD. Occasionally a medical illness may masquerade as a psychiatric condition.

Medication can only take the individual part of the way to recovery. Therapy, community support, coaching and the individuals own determination are important parts of treatment.

Carol Watkins, MD

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AD/HD and Bedwetting

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The High Cost of AD/HD

Dealing with Stimulant Side Effects

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: How ADD can affect your home.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: Diagnosis, Accommodation and Mastery

The Gifted Student with ADD: Between Two Worlds

Adult ADHD: It Rarely Travels Alone

On Beyond Ritalin: A Humorous Look at Medications for AD/HD

Stimulant Medications for Children and Adults

Non-Stimulant Medication for Children and Adolescents

New Medications for Adults with AD/HD 

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When a Grandchild Has ADHD

Helping Your Child Succeed in School

Coping Styles in ADD Adults

Girls, Women and Attention Deficit Disorder

Practical Hints for Raising and Educating an ADHD Child

Taking Your ADD To College

Marriage, Family and the Adult with ADHD

When Your Mom Has ADD!

Neurobiological Diagnosis and Personal Responsibility: How Does Morality Fit in with ADD?

Gifted Women

Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults (Adult ADD)

Attention Deficit Disorder in Children and Adolescents

How Computers Can Help Individuals with ADD

Book Reviews: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Northern County Psychiatric Associates 

Our practice has experience in the treatment of Attention Deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD), Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, and other psychiatric conditions. We are located in Northern Baltimore County and serve the Baltimore County, Carroll County and Harford County areas in Maryland. Since we are near the Pennsylvania border, we also serve the York County area. Our services include psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and family therapy. We treat children, adults, and the elderly.

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Northern County Psychiatric Associates
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Lutherville and Monkton
Baltimore County, Maryland
Phone: 410-329-2028

Email: [email protected] (Please do not use email for confidential matters or emergencies)



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