• Russell A. Barkley
  • George J. DuPaul
  • Daniel F. Connor


The stimulant medications are the most commonly used psychotropic drugs employed with children, especially where inattentive, hyperactive, and/or impulsive behavior is sufficiently severe to impact adversely on school functioning or social adjustment. It has been estimated that 1.5 million children annually, 2.8% of the school-age population, may be using stimulants for behavior management.1 Historically, most of the individuals for whom stimulants were prescribed were children between 5 and 12 years of age. But, more recently, there has been a significant increase in the prescription of these medications for adolescents, particularly for those diagnosed as having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).2


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Tourette Syndrome Stimulant Medication Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptom Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell A. Barkley
    • 1
  • George J. DuPaul
    • 2
  • Daniel F. Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of School PsychologyLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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