Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-04


re: Experience with drs - previous post delia

Hi Delia
I have been on the net the whole day trying to figure out what to do.

My son'  s teacher recommended we see a dr (a specific one in pretoria far from me - so I assumed he must be good) re my son who seems not to concentrate in class at times(he is in gr 1.)

went to the dr today. He made me complete a questionairre in the waiting room. We then saw him. He didnt do any kind of test or assesments on my son. Weighed him, checked his general health. He didnt ask me anything about his past or what the teacher said or why we came to see him. He automatically assumed my son has adhd - AND had a prefilled report (he took the completed report confirming ADHD from his desk drawer and wrote my sons name on it) and pre completed script for ritalin ready, These were already completed before he even saw us!! He didnt explain anything about anything even after I asked many questions.

I am very upset as I am about 99% sure my child does not have ADHD. He is very placid and only loses concentration in class occationally because the pace is too slow - he is highly intelligent and I think the teacher does not know how to keep him stimulated - thats why she referred us to this specific doc, because she knew what he would prescribe.

We had a terrible experience.

Is there any kind of steps I can take against this dr for being so neglegent? Prescribing drugs like that where not needed is irrisponsible. I know where needed ritalin can probably be good, but not for no good reason,

I am going to take action against the teacher aswell, but is there anything I can do in regards to the dr??

Thanks for all the info on your posts - I at least found them helpfull - It answered a lot of questions I had about ADHD/ADD

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Anonymous,
Pre-completed forms and prescriptions sounds highly suspicious. Any complaints regarding a medical professional can be made to the Health Professions Council on It may be worthwhile to get a second opinion on your son's diagnosis. The Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of South Africa can recommend a professional in your area; although you feel it is not ADHD, a comparative assessment to the one supposedly done at the recent doctor may be informative. I wish to add that there is a distinction between ADD and ADHD; ADD refers to a difficulty with concentration, while ADHD refers to the difficulty in concentration together with hyperactivity - your son may well be placid (not hyperactive) but may have concentration difficulties. The Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of South Africa can be contacted on
Many thanks for your support,

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