Listen to “Medicating Your Child with ADHD: Making Peace with Your Decision” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
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There isn’t a tougher, more agonizing decision than the one to medicate your child with ADHD. Parents work tirelessly to do what they feel is best for their children, but the most effective treatment approaches for ADHD are not straightforward and making peace with your decision is rarely easy.
Parenting a child with ADHD brings many challenges and questions. Parents often feel conflicted, hesitant, and scared when deciding to introduce medication. They doubt their own competence and can feel defeated. Those feelings are reinforced by others’ judgments about medication and your parenting decisions.
On the other hand, parents are also judged for not medicating their child’s ADHD. It is important to understand that not every child with ADHD needs and/or benefits from medication. There are many reasons why. Talking through your thoughts and feelings about medication is a good way to feel comfortable with your decision.
- “So informative and I loved the suggestion of things to say to others who question our decisions.”
- “Excellent reflection and discussion of the pros, cons, and issues related to medicate or not medicate.”
- “I appreciated the feedback around the big picture and long term worries that come along with medication therapy.”
- “I loved how it answers some of the questions of the parents I am working with. Thank you!”
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Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.
This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on April 15, 2020. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.
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Updated on April 22, 2020