ADHD is a common and potentially serious disorder of inconsistent self-control. Although medication is never the whole answer, it is usually an important part of comprehensive care. If side effects are avoidable, stimulant medications are usually effective.
However, with each dose of medication, blood levels rise and fall, in and out of the therapeutic range. A peak is when the medication is at its highest blood level. A trough is when medication is at its lowest blood level. These daily peaks and troughs yield uneven control. Focus and regulation may wax and wane. Ironically, the best treatment we have for ADHD— stimulant medication—is itself an inconsistent performer.
In this presentation, Dr. Shapiro will talk about what “uneven medication” is, how to properly identify it, and trough-filling strategies to help your child manage their symptoms.