Recently, I met a new friend at my college, and during the course of our brief introduction he learned that I had ADHD. Almost without thinking he declared that ADHD does not exist and that it is not a "real condition."
I often hear my friends describe a child as "a nice kid" and I know they do not say that about my son. My son is wild and unpredictable, always the first to hatch a plan with friends, sometimes a good plan and sometimes a mischievous one.
I've never been against using medication in children. I am against a first and only use of medication in children who are minimally impaired. I believe first one must try to employ effective non-drug interventions of behavior modification and special education.
The American Academy of Pediatrics' announcement of new guidelines for diagnosing children with ADHD sparked in me some questions about ADHD and how we are using medication to treat our children. So I turned to one of the experts, Dr. Robert Needlman.