No, it wont harm the child. They may not get the full benefits that counselling can provide. The medication is a tool. Counselling helps them to learn the life skills they need to live as an ADD/ADHD'er in the real world. It is best to utilize both medication AND counselling but using just medication wont harm the child in any way. Medication helps chemically to stimulate the parts of the brain that are not functioning correctly in an ADD/ADHD brain. Counselling gives them the skills they need to make good decisions and help them to use the medication to the fullest benefit.
After my child was diagnosed with ADD by a child psychologist who met with him a few times and administered the test for ADHD no further counseling was needed. The psychologist discussed the situation with our pediatrician and they came to that decision together. My husband and I were amazed at how quickly he went from a D to an A student. he is now a college graduate with a great career and no longer takes any meds. He stopped on his own in college when he learned to focus on his own. Best wishes.
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