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Challenging behaviour or untreated ADHD?

Challenging behaviour or untreated ADHD? PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to illustrate the possible basis of challenging behaviour (CB) can lie in a treatable neurodevelopmental disorder.Design/methodology/approachTwo case studies were used to illustrate the clinical characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presenting as CB in people with intellectual disability (ID).FindingsThe findings of this paper show that the appropriate use of drug therapy for ADHD effectively reduced the behavioural challenges.Research limitations/implicationsLimited by two cases. Application of the findings of this paper is limited given it is a case study. This paper highlights an important clinical implications which need to be studied in a larger scale to make clinical recommendations.Practical implicationsFindings from the two case studies may be used when making decisions in clinical practice.Originality/valueThe paper explores the possibility of ADHD presenting as CB in people with ID. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2044-1282
DOI
10.1108/AMHID-12-2018-0053
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to illustrate the possible basis of challenging behaviour (CB) can lie in a treatable neurodevelopmental disorder.Design/methodology/approachTwo case studies were used to illustrate the clinical characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presenting as CB in people with intellectual disability (ID).FindingsThe findings of this paper show that the appropriate use of drug therapy for ADHD effectively reduced the behavioural challenges.Research limitations/implicationsLimited by two cases. Application of the findings of this paper is limited given it is a case study. This paper highlights an important clinical implications which need to be studied in a larger scale to make clinical recommendations.Practical implicationsFindings from the two case studies may be used when making decisions in clinical practice.Originality/valueThe paper explores the possibility of ADHD presenting as CB in people with ID.

Journal

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual DisabilitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 12, 2019

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