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I'm a behavioral/developmental pediatrician who has been on the front-lines of clinical practice with ADHD, ODD, OCD, ASD, learning problems for nearly forty years. I've written some books and numerous articles for professionals and the public. My opinions have been expressed not only on television and radio, but also in front of Congress and the President's Council on Bioethics.
Whether you're looking for an sensible expert to help you make decisions about your child locally or are interested in the opinions of a doctor who prescribes medications to children but takes a broader look at the issues involved, you've come to the right place. Take a look at the opeds. Get some answers to questions on ADHD and psychiatric drugs for children.
Lawrence Diller, M.D. will be offering "The Sensible and Ethical Prescription of Psychiatric Drugs to Children" for Psychiatric Grand Rounds at Alfred Health in Melbourne on the 9th of November at 12:30 PM. The public is invited but contact Dr. Diller if you are interested in attending so he can make certain you will be allowed entrance.
DR. DILLER WILL BE OFFERING A PRESENTATION AT MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE IN MELBOURNE ON THURSDAY, THE 27TH OF AUGUST AT 12:30 PM. THE POWER POINT PRESENTATION FOR PAEDIATRIC GRAND ROUNDS, "THE SENSIBLE AND ETHICAL PRESCRIPTION OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS TO CHILDREN," IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IF YOU'RE IN MELBOURNE CONSIDER COMING. THERE WILL A QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD AT THE END OF THE LECTURE
When Will We Be Able To Just Say No? America's Love Affair with Legal Amphetamine/USA Today Print Op-ED, May 13th, 2015
I've decided to create a new psychiatric disorder. Why not? Drug companies do it all the time.
Shire, which makes Adderall, won approval recently from the Food and Drug Administration to market its amphetamine drug, Vyvanse, for the treatment of BED. You haven't heard of it? Neither had many people, until Shire funded studies to get the binge eating disorder into the DSM-5 — America's official psychiatric bible of common life dilemmas translated into mental disorders. My disorder is called achievement anxiety disorder (AAD), and it explains the increasing reports of prescription amphetamine misuse most often in the form of Adderall abuse.
- Category: Opinions & Editorials Opinions & Editorials
- Published: 19 March 2015 19 March 2015
Matthias, a seven year old patient of mine, had his fifteen minutes of fame (though some may describe it as infamy) when he was featured in a front page New York Times article called “One Drug or Two: Parents See Risk and Hope” on November 14, 2015.
I had been working with the Times reporter, Alan Schwarz, for over a year on different articles he had published in the New York Times on ADHD and medication. I felt I knew Alan well when he approached me asking for deep background for another long article. He was contemplating a piece to highlight the lack of scientific data supporting the common practice of using more than one psychiatric drug in children. Because we have virtually no evidence pro or con, in essence we “experiment” with our children when doctors add a second drug. In the course of our discussion I mentioned to Alan that at that very moment I was reluctantly considering prescribing two drugs to two of my patients. Matthias was one of them.