Improvement in Global Psychopathology Increases Quality of Life During Treatment of ADHD with Atomoxetine or Stimulants

Improvement in Global Psychopathology Increases Quality of Life During Treatment of ADHD with... To evaluate what determines the increase in quality of life during treatment for ADHD: improvement in core ADHD symptoms or improvement in global psychopathology ratings. A prospective follow-up of ADHD patients in one community clinic. Standardized evaluation and outcome measures were used, including the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, Child Symptom Inventory, 18 item ADHD rating scale, and the Health and Life Functioning Scale. 75 patients between the ages of 6 and 12 were treated with atomoxetine or stimulants with a stable dose for 10 months. At end point, there were modest improvements in ADHD symptoms, global psychopathology, level of functioning and quality of life. The improvement in quality of life was driven by a decrease in global psychopathology, not by a decrease in ADHD symptoms. The treatment for ADHD may need to be broadened beyond the core symptoms. A chronic disease management model may well be applicable. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Improvement in Global Psychopathology Increases Quality of Life During Treatment of ADHD with Atomoxetine or Stimulants

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-011-9172-4
Publisher site
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Abstract

To evaluate what determines the increase in quality of life during treatment for ADHD: improvement in core ADHD symptoms or improvement in global psychopathology ratings. A prospective follow-up of ADHD patients in one community clinic. Standardized evaluation and outcome measures were used, including the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, Child Symptom Inventory, 18 item ADHD rating scale, and the Health and Life Functioning Scale. 75 patients between the ages of 6 and 12 were treated with atomoxetine or stimulants with a stable dose for 10 months. At end point, there were modest improvements in ADHD symptoms, global psychopathology, level of functioning and quality of life. The improvement in quality of life was driven by a decrease in global psychopathology, not by a decrease in ADHD symptoms. The treatment for ADHD may need to be broadened beyond the core symptoms. A chronic disease management model may well be applicable.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 25, 2011

References

  • Measurement of ADHD outcomes: Implications for the future
    Stein, REK
  • Quality of life of children and adolescents during psychiatric treatment in a community mental health setting
    Bastiaens, L; Dello Stritto, C

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