A Preliminary Study on Childhood Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorders Among Methamphetamine Abusers:An evaluation using the Wender Utah Rating Scale Toshihiko MATSUMOTO 1,2 , Atsushi KAMIJO 2,3 , Akiko YAMAGUCHI 4 , Takayuki OKADA 1 , Kazuo YOSHIKAWA 1 1Division of Forensic Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry 2Department of Psychiatry, Yokohama City University School of Medicine 3Serigaya Hospital, Kanagawa Psychiatric Center 4Counseling Center, Kanto-gakuin University Keyword: Methamphetamine , Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder , Male , Bulimia , Wender Utah Rating Scale pp.1289-1297
Published Date 2004/12/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1405100600
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 We evaluated 34 male methamphetamine (MAP)-abusing adults, concerning childhood episodes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD) using the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS), and also examined the clinical features of male MAP abusers with childhood AD/HD. Consequently, 55.9% of subjects scored over the cutoff point indicating the existence of childhood AD/HD on the WURS. MAP abusers with probable childhood AD/HD more frequently had experiences of school refusal in primary and secondary school, began to use illicit drug earlier, and reported violent tendencies towards thinges more frequently than those without childhood AD/HD. Over and above this, MAP abusers with childhood AD/HD showed depressive and bulimic tendencies on the psychometric scales more frequently than those without childhovd AD/HD.

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