ADHD

Question
Posted by: Charne | 2011/09/22

Q.

Son just diagnosed

My son was diagnosed with ADD yesterday. I am not happy with the diagnosis. I am not one of those parents who is against ADD in all it''s shapes and forms, nor really the medicine used to treat it. What I am against however is a so called " professional"  known as the best from where I am from, asking me literally 15 questions about my son and diagnosing him in 15 min! I was under the impression that a series of tests would be done before even considering prescribing Ritalin, and yet I have the prescription. I also had no idea that I would be the only person to " testify"  for my son. Surely a diagnosis can''t be made by asking such little questions and only asking one person? Is this drug being over-prescribed? I truly feel like it is. What happened in our school days? I feel like it must be related to parenting and all the content that our children are subjected to on a daily basis. I have been told by my GP to " just give it a try"  and if I don''t like it, to simply stop. Is there an more accurate way of diagnosing ADD?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Charne,

Unfortunately ADHD is diagnosed through the use of questionnaires; there is no blood test or scan that can pinpoint it (neurofeedback/QEEG is not recommended in isolation). Usually questionnaires are requested from parents and teachers.

However, medication should be the last resort, not the first. If changing his don;t work, then medication is usually required.

The reason medication is prescribed so readily is because ADHD is caused by reduced levels of neurotransmitters which cannot be modified through means other than medication. Changes in diet, supplementing with omegas, exercising regularly, ensuring good sleep habits and changing behaviour through behaviour modification techniques are generally the first port of call.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: Charne | 2011/09/23

Eastern Cape... not much choices down here, went to Dr Wickens, and they all say he is the best...

Reply to Charne
Posted by: anon | 2011/09/23

I feel your pain! My child was diagnosed with ADHD by two neurological paediatricians. the first Dr was almost two hours and the second one was 5 and a half hours. I would definately go for a second opinion!!!!! from which area are you?

Reply to anon
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/09/23

Dear Charne,

Unfortunately ADHD is diagnosed through the use of questionnaires; there is no blood test or scan that can pinpoint it (neurofeedback/QEEG is not recommended in isolation). Usually questionnaires are requested from parents and teachers.

However, medication should be the last resort, not the first. If changing his don;t work, then medication is usually required.

The reason medication is prescribed so readily is because ADHD is caused by reduced levels of neurotransmitters which cannot be modified through means other than medication. Changes in diet, supplementing with omegas, exercising regularly, ensuring good sleep habits and changing behaviour through behaviour modification techniques are generally the first port of call.

Kind regards,
Delia

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