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Stimulant-Induced Sleep Disorder in Children with ADHD

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Sleep disturbances are common among children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and are also a common side effect of psychostimulant medications used to treat the condition. The purpose of this chapter is to aid clinicians in the proper assessment and management of stimulant-induced insomnia in children with ADHD. A case vignette of a child who develops insomnia following treatment with a psychostimulant is presented as a basis of discussion. The chapter discusses the link between ADHD and sleep problems and highlights the importance of screening for alternative etiologies and comorbid conditions. A thorough differential diagnosis offered and various therapeutic options for managing stimulant-induced sleep issues are suggested. This chapter also informs readers on the available evidence-based treatment of insomnia in children with ADHD.

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Stimulants
  • Stimulant-induced insomnia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Insomnia treatment

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Thrower, N., Onigu-Otite, E., Nazario, M., Banu, S., Shah, A.A. (2021). Stimulant-Induced Sleep Disorder in Children with ADHD. In: Khawaja, I.S., Hurwitz, T.D. (eds) Sleep Disorders in Selected Psychiatric Settings. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-59309-4_11

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