What should happen when a person with ADD stops using the medication?
Since ADD is a built-in biologically based difference that the person carries with him throughout his life, it is critical that he be involved with some type of follow-up when medication is discontinued.
This follow-up should include monitoring to ensure continued progress in all life spheres, encouragement to maintain balanced healthy daily routines, reinforcement of compensatory strategies and problem solving skills, and guidance about challenges that are likely to occur in the future.
I encourage my patients to remain involved in some type of follow-up monitoring like this indefinitely. In my experience, continued follow-up also helps identify, before the bottom completely falls out, those individuals who need to resume use of the medication.
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