The Use of Psychostimulants in Pervasive Developmental Disorders

The Use of Psychostimulants in Pervasive Developmental Disorders Many children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) display problematic behaviors similar to those seen in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This paper will look at the controversy concerning diagnosing comorbid ADHD in children who meet criteria for PDD and review the existing literature examining the efficacy of stimulants in these particular set of behaviors or symptom clusters (hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention). The potential drawbacks of using stimulants in a population of children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of PDD and ADHD will be discussed. Finally, this review will also attempt to define potential areas of future research to examine the utility of the psychostimulants in children and adolescents with PDD and symptoms of ADHD. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

The Use of Psychostimulants in Pervasive Developmental Disorders

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-005-2980-7
Publisher site
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Abstract

Many children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) display problematic behaviors similar to those seen in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This paper will look at the controversy concerning diagnosing comorbid ADHD in children who meet criteria for PDD and review the existing literature examining the efficacy of stimulants in these particular set of behaviors or symptom clusters (hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention). The potential drawbacks of using stimulants in a population of children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of PDD and ADHD will be discussed. Finally, this review will also attempt to define potential areas of future research to examine the utility of the psychostimulants in children and adolescents with PDD and symptoms of ADHD.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 1, 2005

References

  • The comorbidity of pervasive developmental disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Results of a retrospective chart review
    Goldstein, S; Schwebach, AJ
  • The effects of methylphenidate on early infantile autism and its relation to serum serotonin levels
    Hoshino, Y; Kumashiro, H; Kaneko, M
  • Efficacy of methylphenidate among children with autism and symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
    Handen, BL; Johnson, CR; Lubetsky, M

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