The medical management of kids with ADHD is certainly more complicated than most parents wish. Parents face what seem like an unending number of ‘treatment decisions’ as medical managers for children with ADHD and related co-existing conditions. In the best of worlds, parents are guided by well-informed physicians and providers as their children and teens emerge into young adults – leading parents to make the most effective decisions about combinations of behavior management and medicine. However, all too often, many providers are not well informed themselves about the ‘decision trees’ parents need to consider with each new stage of development.
In this conversation between two prescribing physicians who specialize in the treatment of children and teens with ADHD, Drs. Sarah Cheyette and Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells establish the gold standard for treatment. They speak clearly about the relationship between “pills and skills” in the treatment of ADHD, providing an essential, informative conversation for all parents of kids of all ages.
Sarah Cheyette, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and Autism. She graduated from Princeton University and UCLA Medical School and has a thriving private practice in Palo Alto, CA. where she counsels and treats kids, teens, young adults and adults. She brings a powerful professional perspective on the benefits and limitations of ADHD medication, and the many behavioral adaptations people with ADHD must embrace to thrive with their condition. She is the author of four books- three of them on ADHD: Winning with ADHD , ADHD & The Focused Mind and most recently ADHD & Me. She is a regular contributor for Psychology Today and is a popular speaker on many topics including ADHD, Autism, the brain, teens, adults with ADHD and Autism, physician updates, neurology, focus issues and recommendations. Follow her @SarahCheyetteMD
Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells is a board certified pediatrician and the owner and President of Girls to Women/Young Men’sHealth and Wellness Fort Worth, a multi-faceted clinic providing integrated medical care dedicated to meeting the physical and emotional needs of young women and men ages 10-25 years old. As a physician with ADHD herself, she has a special interest in caring for patients with ADHD and learning issues. Dr. Parcells Regularly Speaks to parent, student, and professional audiences on subjects such as parenting, ADHD, depression, anxiety and stress, adolescent development, sexuality, and preparing for college.