Understanding ADHD: Prevalence, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment Options & Medication

Infographic.Karniski, Dr. Walt

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Jul 16, 2022

In this episode of the Where Parents Talk podcast, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Walt Karniski, developmental pediatrician, author and father — armed with more than 40 years of experience treating children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — about his first book entitled, ADHD Medication: Does it Work and Is It Safe?

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Dr. Walt Karniski

Developmental Pediatrician
Author, ADHD Medication: Does It Work and Is It Safe?


“There are two things that make the diagnosis of ADHD difficult. There is no specific diagnostic test. And the other factor that’s just as important is that every one of the behaviours that are criteria for diagnosing ADHD — difficulty focusing difficulty remembering, forgetting things easily, disorganization. All of those behaviours are normal behaviours in everybody, if they occur once in a while. So everybody forgets something once in a while. Everybody gets distracted easily by something that especially if they’re looking working on something that is very intense. People forget things. They’re disorganized. And that doesn’t make them have ADHD. What makes ADHD is that when those behaviours are so frequent that they interfere with a child or an adult’s ability to learn in school, to develop appropriate social relationships and to live the life that they want to live.”


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