Welcome to DocDiller.com
I'm a behavioral/developmental pediatrician who has been on the front-lines of clinical practice with ADHD, ODD, OCD, ASD, learning problems for over 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.
Many of you already know that I lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia for a year from July 2015 to June 2016. While I was there I began writing a biweekly column/blog which became known as the Letter from Melbourne and was picked up as a regular feature in the World Postings for the Huffington Post.
I was mostly interested in contrasting the differences between two overtly very similar societies, American and Australian. Both were English speaking, originally attached to Great Britain, capitalist/market economies. However, the more time I spent Down Under the more differences (even just in language) I noticed. In particular, while I expected to be a medical provider in Melbourne, events developed so that I became a patient as well.
In any case even though only a few of the articles directly involve healthcare (and ADHD), you still may find the series of interest. Therefore I will be creating a permanent link on the docdiller.com website to the archive of these blogs on the Huffington Post. In the meantime you can find these stories at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/lawrence-diller-273. Scroll down to the bottom of the page if you want to read the pieces in chronological order. There are now over two dozen articles on the site. Please leave your comments directly at the Huffington Post page but if you prefer you can also contact me through this website as well.
Dr. Diller appeared on September 15th on the Diane Rehm Show carried by National Public Radio. He was interviewed along with Alan Schwarz, author of the new book, ADHD Nation, and Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction. Click on the following link for a podcast of this program: https://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2016-09-15/the-story-behind-the-rise-of-adhd-in-the-united-states/113609/@00:00.
When I first began planning a personal/professional yearlong sabbatical in Melbourne, Australia I never expected that my experience with web-based telepsychiatry would profoundly change the way I treat children and their families.
Read my four part series, The United States of Adderall (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-diller/the-united-states-of-adderall_b_8914480.htmlfeatured in the Huffington Post about the misuse, abuse and addiction to prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta. This is not an anti-medication screed. Rather it is an alert about the current problems with legally and illegally obtained Adderall and a warning about the likelihood of a doctor prescribed abuse/addiction epidemic to prescription stimulant drugs.