Dr. William Dodson, M.D. - ADHD & Medications: How to Decide Whether to Medicate & Do It Best

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Dr. Dodson is a psychiatrist that specializes in treating patients with ADHD.  He aims to maximize the benefits of treatment.

He is going to share with you the tried and true methods that have worked in the past with thousands of patients he has treated successfully. 

What impressed me most about Bill was the great amount of knowledge he has about how to utilize ADHD medication to get the maximum benefit for his patients.

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Once the decision is made to see what medications have to offer your child, the work has only just begun.

The whole subject of ADHD is neglected in medical education everywhere in the world. It is estimated that the average family goes through 11 clinicians before they find one whom they think is competent to treat their child.

Finding the right clinician with the needed experience and attitudes often determines whether the treatment will be life-changing or a traumatic experience.

Every international Standard of Care agrees that the two stimulant class medications, amphetamine, and methylphenidate, are the treatment of choice for ADHD at all ages.  They are where people should start.  They are not the treatment or last resort when everything else has failed.

They are well-known after 80 years of use, they are safe, and they can be dramatically effective when appropriately fine-tuned to the needs and responses of each individual person.  

This process may require trials on several different medications and doses and so it requires time, patience, and a rich and constant interchange between the patient, the parents, and their doctor.  But the payoffs for that effort are huge, life-changing, and last a lifetime.

After retirement from active patient care in 2019, Dr. Bill Dodson is currently a consultant, speaker, and writer on adult ADHD medicine. He has written more than 100 articles and 10 Webinars for ADDitude, CHADD, and the NADDA over the years and is on ADDitude’s Board of Scientific Advisers.

Dr. Dodson is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who was one of the first practitioners to specialize in adults with ADHD 25 years ago.

He has been on the faculties of Georgetown University and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  In recognition of his contributions to the field of ADHD, he was named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2012.  He was the recipient of the national Maxwell J. Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities in 2006.  Dr. Dodson has a private consulting practice in Denver, CO.

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