This video course provides a comprehensive discussion of ADHD medication. How to decide when to treat? How to run a carefully controlled medication trial? How to avoid blood level dips and provide even medication coverage? How to manage medication side effects? When, how and why to try stopping medication? Dr. Dan answers these questions and more.

Course preview

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1: ADHD diagnoses and the evidence for medication as a first line treatment

    • Course introduction

    • Parent concerns about ADHD medication

    • Course outline

    • Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity

    • 3 subtypes (presentations) of ADHD

    • Differential diagnosis: most inattention is not ADHD

    • The case for medication management: consequences of failure to treat

    • The case for medication management: effectiveness of medication

    • Nonpharmacologic malpractice

  • 2

    Part 2: How to do a medication trial

    • Introduction to how to do a medication trial

    • Medication trial form download

    • Using medication trial forms

    • Possible outcomes of treatment trials

    • Choosing a medication

    • How to talk with your child about ADHD meds

  • 3

    Part 3: Managing uneven medication coverage (troughs)

    • Managing uneven medication coverage: trough-tracking

    • Trough-filling failure (TFF)

    • Early morning trough

    • Afternoon, after-school, and early evening troughs

    • Bed-time trough

    • To fill or not to fill troughs?

  • 4

    Part 4: Managing medication side effects

    • Managing medication side effects: discontinue, monitor, accommodate, or treat?

    • Nutrition and growth side effects

    • Sleep side effects

    • Mood side effects

    • Personal-social side effects

    • Attention side effects

    • Involuntary motor behavior side effects

    • Physical symptom side effects

    • Managing side effects: summary

  • 5

    Part 5: Discontinuing medication

    • Discontinuation trials: why stop medication?

    • How to run a controlled discontinuation trial

    • Discontinuation trials to see: is medication still needed?

    • Discontinuation trials to see: is medication causing a side effect?

    • Discontinuation trial outcome examples

    • Combined therapy to improve ADHD control and lessen side effects

    • Conclusion and additional ADHD medication references

  • 6

    Bonus Content: Medication for ADHD (Ebook Chapter)

    • Medication for ADHD (from the Parent Child Excursions Book)