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?
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.
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.
Update: See a follow-up with Austin.
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.
After the show, Dr. Phil talks with the audience and lets them voice their opinions on this heated topic.
What you didn't see on the show.