Chapter 9. Addiction, Reward, and ADHD

  1. Chris Chandler

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch9

Science of ADHD, The

Science of ADHD, The

How to Cite

Chandler, C. (2010) Addiction, Reward, and ADHD, in Science of ADHD, The, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162340

Online ISBN: 9781444328172



  • addiction, reward and ADHD;
  • addiction, interesting problem - to study in context of ADHD;
  • DSM-IV, not using the term “addiction” - but “substance use disorder” (SUD);
  • addiction, dependence and abuse - used interchangeably by people;
  • phasic response to reward - associated stimuli, rewards different from predictions;
  • neuroimaging techniques, for reward prediction error in humans;
  • drug users for ADHD symptoms;
  • ADHD through childhood, adolescence and adulthood - questions about substance use disorder (SUD);
  • Cannabis - controlled substance, role in psychiatric disorder onset;
  • Reward Deficiency in ADHD - Reward Deficiency hypothesis, direct application to disorder


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Addiction

  • Addiction in ADHD

  • Are ADHD Subtypes Linked to Any Particular Drugs?

  • Amphetamines, Methylphenidate, and Addiction

  • Methylphenidate Treatment and Addiction

  • Drugs, Cannabis, and Psychiatry

  • Methylphenidate: Slow Release and the Treatment of Cocaine and Amphetamine Addiction

  • Methylphenidate and Long-Term Neural Changes

  • Reward Deficiency in ADHD

  • Impulsivity in SUD and ADHD (Revisited)

  • Summary