Journal article

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: anxiety phenomena in children treated with psychostimulant medication for 6 months or more

ALA Vance, ESL Luk, J Costin, BJ Tonge, C Pantelis

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 1999

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The intermediate- to long-term use of psychostimulant medication has unclear benefits on the core symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and delayed onset affective symptom side effects which can mimic these core ADHD symptoms. 'ADHD and anxiety' has also been associated with a poor response to short-term psychostimulant medication treatment. In addition, it is unclear whether 'ADHD and anxiety' should be defined from the child's and/or the parent's perspective. We propose that anxiety will be increased in children with ADHD who are treated with psychostimulant medication in the intermediate- to long-term who are identified by clinicians as poor responders. ME..

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