Treating Hyperactivity with Stimulants? | Psychiatrist Explains ADHD Treatment

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I often get asked by doctors, medical students etc, why would you give stimulants in ADHD when people are already so hyperactive? ADHD is a fascinating condition, and the diagnosis is so important as getting on the right treatment can revolutionize a persons life.

ADHD is characterised by inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, and to understand why stimulants help, we need to talk about the role of dopamine and noradrenaline in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. Psychiatrists love the prefrontal cortex. On this video I’ll explain some neurobiology and then how stimulants help to treat inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

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