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          Parenting with Pills

          December 23, 2004

          The first line of treatment for the millions of kids who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often drugs. Is medication the best treatment?



          Pushing Pills?
          Lynn and Doug are at war over whether or not to give their 10-year-old son drugs for his hyperactivity. Doug says it makes him a zombie, but Lynn says drugs are the answer for his behavior.

           

          Does Tyler need the pills?

            



          Alternative Approach
          Seven-year-old Austin suffers from ADHD. His school wants him to take medication, but his mom, Nicole, doesn’t want to pump him with drugs.

           


           
          Is there an alternative?


          Update: See a follow-up with Austin.

           

          Update: Austin is now 13. How is he doing?

            



          School Controversy
          Chad says he’d rather go to jail than put his son on medication for his hyperactivity. Chad doesn’t want the government telling him how to raise his child.

           


          A school principal and teacher weigh in.

           


           
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          After the show, Dr. Phil talks with the audience and lets them voice their opinions on this heated topic.



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