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Can my child be in charge of their own ADHD medication?

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Every child is different. Many ADHD experts think it's best for you, not your child, to dispense pills each day as long as he's living with you.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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