030: ADHD Medication 101: What Parents Need to Know

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There's little that instills more fear in parents than the idea of giving their child ADHD medication. That fear is built on a foundation of largely myths and fear-mongering, but it exists nonetheless. In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing the basics of ADHD medication, as well as nuances and little-known facts I've learned over the years. This is the information I desperately wish I'd had when starting and trialing ADHD medications. This is the information every parent should have before they fill the first prescription for their child.

* Please note: Nothing on this episode or in this post constitutes medical advice. I am not a clinician. Always consult your child's doctor for guidance before making any medication decisions or changes.

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  • Dr. Charles Parker (@drcharlesparker)

    Hey Penny, great stuff! For those who are uncomfortable with meds rest reassured. The med intervention system is rapidly evolving to address the underlying brain function issues, rather than the outdated labels of “ADHD” – thus improving accuracy, target recognition and specific med management. For the improvements in targetig functional diagnosis see this playlist: http://corepsych.com/diagnosis – It's a different way…
    Thanks, Chuck

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