Co-morbidity and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Saudi Arabia
AbstractTo review the experience of a child psychiatric clinic regarding co-morbidity and treatment characteristics of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], a retrospective study was done on patients under 19 years who were attending the clinic and were diagnosed with ADHD. Co-morbidity and treatment characteristics were also studied. ADHD was diagnosed in 25.5% of the patients. Of these, 28.3% had coexistent expressive language disorder and 38.7% coexistent mild mental retardation. A psychostimulant [methylphenidate] was prescribed to 23.6% while antidepressants [primarily imipramine] were prescribed to 35.9%. Behavioural therapy was the most commonly offered psychotherapy. Antidepressants were used more than psychostimulants. Psychotropics had a more beneficial effect than psychotherapy
Al Haidar, F.A. (2003). Co-morbidity and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Saudi Arabia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119354
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 9 (5-6), 988-995, 2003
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