Stimulants: The Case for Caution
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 4, Number 9, September 2006
Lawrence H. Diller, MD
Private Practice, Behavioral Pediatrics, Walnut Creek, California
Clinical Faculty, UCSF School of Medicine
Author, The Last Normal Child, Running on Ritalin and Should I Medicate My Child?
Dr. Diller has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Dr. Diller, as a behavioral pediatrician you certainly prescribe stimulants and other psychiatric medications to children, but at the same time you have spent much of your career speaking and writing about some the potential negative consequences of the excessive use of stimulants. You’ve also studied the history of stimulant use, and have thought about how this can inform our decisions now.