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Stimulant medications: a trade-off? The lived experience of adolescents with ADHD

Stimulant medications: a trade-off? The lived experience of adolescents with ADHD

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 11(4): 214-226

The purpose of this study was to gain information and insight about prescription stimulant medication use among children and adolescents with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across developmental stages. Investigators conducted semistructured qualitative interviews with 15 college students with ADHD. Follow-up interviews confirmed and validated information obtained during initial interviews. Qualitative data analysis resulted in three global categories related to the use of prescription stimulant medication from childhood to late adolescence: (a) the early years, (b) "the trade-off," and (c) stimulant medications in college. Increased education about prescription stimulant medications and closer management is needed to reduce side effects and minimize the risks of misuse.

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PMID: 16999743

DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2006.00063.x

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