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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Medication for Young People with ADD

09/08/1998

Question:

When should I consider medication for my 7 year old daughter with ADD?

Answer:

Even children younger than seven may appropriately be prescribed medication for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Of course, this is a decision that is not made lightly and needs the input of persons who are very familiar with ADD/ADHD and the use of medication in small children. We know of no chronic side effects from medicating approriate children at this age, and the benefits to self-esteem can be excellent. On the other hand, without appropriate behavioral modification (both on the part of the child and the adults interacting with him/her), medication will only go so far. Speak with your physician about your child's specific case.

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati