Psychostimulant Treatment for Children
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Rapport, M. D. and Raiker, J. S. 2010. Psychostimulant Treatment for Children. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Psychostimulants are the most widely used and efficacious treatments currently available for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Recent estimates by the Center for Disease Control indicate that 2.5 of the 4.4 million children with ADHD residing in the United States between 4 and 17 years old are prescribed medication, and in most cases, are given one of the available psychostimulants. Table 1 lists available psychostimulant formulae according to their release format (extended, intermediate, immediate), and the typical dosing schedule, onset of effect, and peak/duration of behavioral effects for each formula.
- attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder;
- ADHD treatment;
- drug therapy