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Thisisjustcrazy posted:
My Daughter who is now 22 has been ADHD from the time she was 7. She was see by the very best doctors in this field at ALL Childrens Hspital in ST Pete Fl. She also has many other things wrong so she was sent to a pain managment Doctor who told me too take her off the Addrell 30mg that she has been on for years and is working for her. He sais that she is not ADHD. What should I do? I will not take her off of it until I find out how he came too this by just one visit!!!

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Gina Pera responded:
HI Thisisjustcrazy -- I agree....This is just crazy.

I know some pain-management doctors who have an intractable bias against learning about ADHD and the evidence-based medications used to treat it.

They are accustomed to seeing in their practice patients who are addicted to various drugs. Ironically, these doctors also freely prescribe barbiturates to patients, somehow not seeing them as troublesome as the stimulant medication.

It is hard for the public to believe or accept, but physicians who are "specialists" in one area often know nothing about other specialties. So, a pain-management physician might know nothing at all about psychiatric conditions.

Of course, the best physicians in any specialty remain humble about their ignorance on other topics, and so they will consult reliable sources of information to become educated.

Other physicians, unfortunately, stay locked in ignorant dogma, much to their patients' detriment.

In other words, I'd stick to the regimen that has worked for her until a physician makes an impressive case that he can do better.

Good luck,
Gina
 
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An_243488 replied to Gina Pera's response:
why not let your daughter decide if she can handle being off meds?


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