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ADHD is one of the most common behavioral health conditions seen by pediatricians and other primary care physicians and is a chronic condition that causes significant morbidity when left untreated. (1)
The goal is to minimize the adverse impact of ADHD symptoms over the course of a child's development. Guidlines have been set regarding the monitoring of children who are taking medication for ADD/ADHD.
The core symptoms of ADHD are generally responsive to stimulant medication which oftern results in improvement in many of the child's behavioral difficulties as well. For children between 6 and 12 years of age who are prescribed ADHD medication it is recommended they have at least one follow-up visit with a practitioner with prescribing authority during the 30-day Initiation Phase.
In order to meet the guidelines set out by many of our insurance companies we need to see your child once a year for a phyiscal examination in order to continue prescribing their medications. We then need to see your child for three follow-up visits within the year to be sure that medications we are prescribing are working the way they are meant to.
(1) American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. 4th de. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 1994