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12 Apr 2006

Ped recomends Ritalin
The teacher of my 7 year old daughter says my daughter shows signs of ADD because when left alone to do a task, she starts off fine and then tends to go into dreamworld and the teacher has to keep on telling her to get back to work. The school submitted a Conners report to the Ped. We wend in to see the Ped and he advised that my daughter is ADD and needs to go onto Ritalin. The diagnosis for me from the Ped just seemed to be a quick fix. I thought that he would at least ask for tests on her blood. Other people on the internet have advised me that the Ped cannot make desisions like that and that I should rather take my daughter to a psychiatrist for a better opinion. What do you think?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I can't help always feeling a bit uneasy when any untraibned teacher seems to diagnose ADD --- I think they can be a useful and experienced observer of signs and symptoms, wich one can then report to a proper specialist, qualified to make diagnoses. If this is a Ped experienced in assing and treating ADHD, it might be worth considering a trial of Ritalin ( if it doesn't prove helpful, one can stop it. But there are several other alternatives in treating such symptoms
There are no blood tests available to diagbnoses ADHD or many other conditions which are diagnosed on the basis of their symptoms. Some peds are well trained and able to make this diagnosis, some might not be. A Child Psychiatrist or Child Psychologist could be useful, maybe as a second opinion ?
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