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Treatment of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Authors Kolar D, Keller A, Golfinopoulos M, Cumyn L, Syer C, Hechtman L

Published 8 February 2008 Volume 2008:4(1) Pages 107—121

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S1747

Dusan Kolar, Amanda Keller, Maria Golfinopoulos, Lucy Cumyn, Cassidy Syer, Lily Hechtman

Department of Psychiatry, Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Abstract: This review focuses on the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. It briefly addresses prevalence, diagnostic and differential diagnostic issues specific to adults. Stimulant medication, non-stimulant medication, and psychosocial treatments are thoroughly reviewed. For each class of medication possible mechanism of action, efficacy and side effects are summarized. Special attention is given to the pharmacological treatment for patients with adult ADHD and various comorbidities. In summary, stimulant medications are most effective and combined medication and psychosocial treatment is the most beneficial treatment option for most adult patients with ADHD.

Keywords: adult ADHD, medication, stimulants, cognitive-behavioral therapy

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