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Meta-Review Clears Stimulants of Anxiety Charge in ADHD Treatment

Meta-Review Clears Stimulants of Anxiety Charge in ADHD Treatment

A meta-review of studies involving nearly 3,000 children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) finds that psychostimulant treatment significantly reduces the risk of anxiety.

Thus patient reports of new-onset or worsening anxiety with the use of psychostimulants are not likely due to the medication and should not necessarily preclude stimulant use in ADHD.

The study appears in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

The issue of anxiety management is an important component associated with care for ADHD.

Study authors Drs. Catherine Coughlin and Michael Bloch and coauthors from Yale University and University of Saõ Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil, discussed the importance of managing anxiety in children with ADHD as it can affect how they respond to treatment.

In the article, the researchers report a statistically significant reduction in the risk of anxiety associated with psychostimulants compared to placebo, and furthermore, higher doses of psychostimulants appear to be associated with a greater reduction in the risk of anxiety.

“This new information on psychostimulants has the potential to change the way we treat kids with ADHD and improve the quality of their lives,” said Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and president of the Child Mind Institute in New York.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert/EurekAlert

Meta-Review Clears Stimulants of Anxiety Charge in ADHD Treatment

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Meta-Review Clears Stimulants of Anxiety Charge in ADHD Treatment. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2015/10/07/meta-review-clears-stimulants-of-anxiety-charge-in-adhd-treatment/93212.html

 

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