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The Doctors and senior investigative reporter Leslie Marcus continue their examination of the growing Adderall abuse problem in America and share tips for parents whose children are taking the stimulant used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Behavioral pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Diller says parents need to be conscious of 2 things when addressing Adderall use with their children. First, he says they need to make sure the child's school has done a good evaluation of possible learning or processing problems, as many kids with the inattentive side of ADHD actually may have learning or processing issues. He says if those issues can be addressed, the child's behavior usually improves.
Also, he feels parents need to take a look at how they disciple and examines what may or may not be working. He feels "cutting the talking and getting more immediately to the action" when discipling can benefit kids dealing with these issues. Also, he warns that for college-age students who are taking Adderall, that they avoid taking the immediate-release form of the drug and to only use the extended-release form.
Additionally, psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli feels that ADHD doesn't just happen in adulthood, and it needs to be traced back to childhood in order for someone to truly have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. He suggests before someone even considers taking a stimulant like Adderall, they first attempt lifestyle changes and therapy. If those things are not effective, he would then suggest trying a non-stimulant medication, followed by a low-dose stimulant, along with close monitoring of the patient's reaction to the medication.
The Doctors note for many medications like Adderall can be life-saving when taken in the correct dose and they recommend that parents and individuals taking this drug do the proper research and making sure to ask your medical provider the right questions. For instance, is medication the right choice? Are there behavioral therapies to try first? What is the right dosage for me?
Learn more about the signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).