Adult ADHD and amphetamines: a new paradigm

Author(s): Derick E Vergne, Elizabeth A Whitham, Sergio Barroilhet, Yuli Fradkin, S Nassir Ghaemi

This review examines the diagnostic validity of adult ADHD on the basis of phenomenology, genetics, course of illness and treatment response in the context of a diagnostic hierarchy. In addition, it examines ADHD treatment options, particularly amphetamine use, associated risks and the clinical and social factors that may influence treatment. Risks of neurotoxicity with amphetamines are discussed.


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