Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Laura Desportes

Degree Award Date

Spring 2003


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Treatment, Management


Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms


Th is article includes a review of the recent research, the etiology of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including the diagnosis of the disorder, the various treatments of ADHD, and concludes with the affected populations. It examines best treatments, as well as, new and developing treatment programs and options, which were the selection parameter s for choosing the 20 applicable articles. Currently the best treatment plan appears to be a combination of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) with behavior management. Two qualitative case studies were included, one an adult, age 20 diagnosed with ADHD, combined type with a depressed overtone, who is taking Strattera daily; the second participant a child, age 12 diagnosed as inattentive type with impulsivity, currently taking Concerta and WelButrin daily. Both participants are on rigid medication management plans, which are appropriate and effective for the time being.