LISA CLARK: Dr. Jensen, should children who have ADHD who are on medication stop taking that medication when they hit adolescence? Is there a turnoff point for this disease?
DR. PETER JENSEN: Many children, most actually adolescents, will continue to benefit from the medication into adolescence. There's a small number that might be able to do well without. But by and large, most children, most adolescents will continue to need the medication.
LISA CLARK: This is a hard question for me to even ask, but some people might feel this way. Does a diagnosis of ADHD mean that you're set up for a lifetime of disappointments or failures?
DR. PATRICIA QUINN: Absolutely not. When we diagnose the disorder, one of the most common reactions, from adults particularly, is hope. "Now I know what's really wrong with me. I'm not stupid, lazy or crazy. I have this disorder." And we now have effective treatments and ways to deal with it. And I find it really is a very treatable disorder.
LISA CLARK: And there are many doctors out there who can help. Dr. Jensen, where can people start if they're looking for treatment?
DR. PETER JENSEN: Well, your primary care provider should be trained in this area, but it's not always the case. And so often you turn to other parents or others who may be knowledgeable in the area, who've had experience in their own families. They'll often know the ropes and can point you in the right direction. But a well-trained pediatrician, a child psychiatrist or psychiatrist, psychologist, these are some of the professionals that should be able to do the diagnosis and treatment.
LISA CLARK: Thanks so much for the good advice and for the quick overview on ADHD. Thanks for joining us.