Mar 7, 2018 — Children with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often go untreated because of misconceptions parents have about the condition. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Trevor Wilde explains why talking with a medical professional about your child's potential ADHD is the best thing for your child.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Common myths about ADHD that prevent parents from seeking treatment for their children. Dr. Trevor Wilde, what are those misconceptions?

Dr. Wilde: Parents commonly think that, "Well, it's not a real problem, and it'll just go away." They think that medications are dangerous and should not be used, or they feel that that child just needs more discipline.

Interviewer: And then not getting them help is actually pretty detrimental?

Dr. Wilde: It certainly can be. It can cause delays in their school and their learning. It can also cause problems with the law down the road if these problems are not recognized and taken care of appropriately.

Interviewer: If a parent does have a child with ADHD, what's your advice then?

Dr. Wilde: Come in, talk with a medical professional, go through a thorough evaluation, and then let's work together to come to find out what will be the best solution or the best direction to go for your child.

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