Therapy for Patients With ADHD/ODD

Therapy for Patients With ADHD/ODD


Therapy for Patients with ADHD/ODD

Diego, a 9-year-old third grader, had always been an energetic child with a short attention span. For years, his mother attributed his behaviors to him being “all boy” and assumed it would improve as he grew older. Instead, daily tasks like chores and homework became increasingly overwhelming for Diego, resulting in disruptive behaviors at home and school. After being evaluated by his healthcare provider, Diego was diagnosed with and treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is a prevalent disorder for patients across the lifespan, as more than 6 million children (CDC, n.d.) have been diagnosed with the disorder. Further, consider that about 60% of children with ADHD in the United States become adults with ADHD (ADAA, n.d.). Like Diego, individuals of all ages find that symptoms of ADHD can make life challenging. However, when properly diagnosed and treated, patients often respond well to therapies and have positive health outcomes.

This week, as you study ADHD therapies, you examine the assessment and treatment of patients with ADHD. You also explore ethical and legal implications of these therapies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Data and statistics about ADHD.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (n.d.). Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder).

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Assess patient factors and history to develop personalized therapy plans for patients with ADHD
  • Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes in patients requiring therapy for ADHD
  • Synthesize knowledge of providing care to patients presenting for ADHD
  • Analyze ethical and legal implications related to prescribing therapy for patients with ADHD
  • Identify concepts related to psychopharmacologic treatments and therapy for patients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)


Prince, J. B., Wilens, T. E., Spencer, T. J., & Biederman, J. (2016). Stimulants and other medications for ADHD. In T. A. Stern, M. Favo, T. E. Wilens, & J. F. Rosenbaum. (Eds.), Massachusetts General Hospital psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics (pp. 99–112). Elsevier.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

Hodgkins, P., Shaw, M., McCarthy, S., & Sallee, F. R. (2012). The pharmacology and clinical outcomes of amphetamines to treat ADHD: Does composition matter? CNS Drugs, 26(3), 245–268.

Martin, L. (2020). A 5-question quiz on ADHD. Psychiatric Times.


Medication Resources (click to expand/reduce)


IBM Corporation. (2020). IBM Micromedex.