ADHD in Children Q&A by Dr. Phillips
All ADHD and Children Q&A's:
- Is there a difference between ADHD and ADD?
- Is clonidine safe for children? I saw on the news that clonidine is not to be prescribed to children, only adults.
- What are the pros and cons of the ADHD patch in comparison to the other medications used to treat ADHD?
- I know so many parents who have a child with ADHD. Is ADHD on the rise, or do we just have better methods for diagnosing children with ADHD?
- Could ADHD, including learning disabilities, be improved with a gluten-free diet?
- What symptoms should I look for to see if my child has ADHD?
- We have a 13-year-old with ADHD. Is this something that he might outgrow?
- How should a person stop taking Adderall? Would it be harmful to stop taking it altogether, or does one have to be weaned off the medication?
- Is medication the only treatment for ADHD?
- My 8-year-old son has ADHD and has been prescribed Strattera. What are the side effects of this drug? Is it safe for him to take this?
- I think my child may have ADHD. Where do I begin? Testing? Drugs?
Dr. Phillips' Message:
Dr. Dennis Phillips actively practices pediatric medicine in South Orange County, California. As a general pediatrician, Dr. Phillips' interests cover a broad spectrum, but he has special interests and expertise in the areas of childhood obesity, sports medicine, ADHD, and chronic constipation in children (a condition that he feels to be under-recognized and under-treated in pediatrics). He believes in taking the time to answer questions and discuss in detail the problems encountered with his patients and their families. "The more my families and patients understand their situation, the more involved they feel, and that makes my job so much easier."
"I am a lucky guy. I love what I do!" he says. "I recently heard someone say that when you choose your career path, make sure in whatever you do that you look forward to Mondays as much as Fridays. That's certainly the way I feel."
Dr. Phillips believes he is fortunate to be in a position where he is able to watch his patients learn and grow over a period of time. "I love it when more and more lately I get the chance to be the pediatrician for the children of previous patients of mine. That is really very special."
Dr. Phillips enjoys having the opportunity to encourage healthy behavior for children, from the time they are born until they're going off to college and beyond.
In his free time, Dr. Phillips enjoys umpiring baseball, a sport that he has officiated for over 30 years, at every level from little league to semi-pro ball. He also enjoys sports with his family and being a team physician to his sons' football team and swim team, and his daughter's cheer team, as well.
Last Editorial Review: 11/9/2006
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