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ADHD and substance abuse: 4 therapeutic options for patients with addictions

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Related resources

  • Arnsten AF. Genetics of childhood disorders (XVIII). ADHD, Part 2: Norepinephrine has a critical modulatory influence on prefrontal cortical function. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2000;39:1201-3.
  • Ward MF, Wender PH, Reimherr FW. The Wender Utah Rating Scale: An aid in the retrospective diagnosis of childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 1993;150:885-90.
  • Research Report: Prescription Drugs—abuse and addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Drug brand names

  • Bupropion • Wellbutrin
  • Desipramine • Norpramin
  • Methylphenidate • Ritalin, Concerta
  • Venlafaxine • Effexor


Dr. Higgins reports that he is on the speakers’ bureaus for Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Co.

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