ADHD Medications

History, Science, and Issues

by Victor B. Stolberg


An estimated 11 percent of children age 4–17 (6.4 million individuals) in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. How is ADHD properly treated?

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October 2017


Pages 275
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Medicine

The treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex challenge. This book provides comprehensive, scientific coverage of the numerous different types of drugs that are used to treat ADHD, and it examines the historical, sociological, and policy-related factors involved in the use of ADHD medications.

A national study indicated that 11 percent of U.S. children and teens were diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2011—a figure 43 percent higher than in 2003. The incidence of ADHD diagnoses among females has also increased significantly. For the millions of Americans of all ages who are diagnosed with ADHD, the proper treatment of this disorder is critically important. ADHD Medications: History, Science, and Issues provides readers with the complete story of ADHD drugs. The book discusses the pharmacological basis of the effects of these powerful drugs; examines the myriad social dimensions of the use, misuse, and abuse of these substances; and identifies the range of issues that affect the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD.

After an introductory case study of an individual with ADHD and this individual's problems and successes with ADHD medicines, this new book in the Story of a Drug series provides an overview of ADHD and its various symptoms, as well as the causes, prevalence, and diagnosis of ADHD. Various treatment approaches—including information about the many medications used—are discussed in detail, as well as other substances and alternative ways used to treat individuals with ADHD. Readers will also gain an understanding of neurotransmission and the specific mechanism of action of ADHD medications; the effects and applications of these drugs, plus their associated risks, misuse, and abuse; as well as related policy issues, with special focus on the controversial issues regarding ADHD drug scheduling (categorization).


  • Provides broad background coverage of ADHD and of various types of drugs that can be used to treat symptoms of ADHD
  • Explains how different types of ADHD medications work in the body
  • Delves into issues and controversies related to ADHD medications, including their prescription to young children and recreational use by individuals without ADHD
Author Info

Victor B. Stolberg, EdM, MA, MS, MA, MSEd, MAT, MAH, MALS, MA, is assistant professor and counselor at Essex County College, Newark, NJ, where he previously directed both the Office of Disability Support Services and the Office of the Substance Abuse Coordinator. He is the author of Painkillers: History, Science, and Issues, another book in the Greenwood series The Story of a Drug. Stolberg's published work also includes numerous entries in other ABC-CLIO books, 49 scholarly articles, 87 encyclopedia articles, 6 chapters and contributed papers, and 63 miscellaneous other publications. He has delivered hundreds of professional presentations such as papers; workshops; and panel discussions at state, national, and international venues. Stolberg serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. In addition to his experience working with individuals with disabilities or substance abuse problems, he is a trained archaeologist and historian. Current research interests include historical and cross-cultural studies of substance use and abuse as well as college student issues.



"This book delivers an accurate depiction of the disorder—including inattention. This excellent contribution assists those who might encounter negative social acceptance because of this disorder. . . . This book addresses sensitive topics with dignity, compassion, and understanding of the social dimensions. . . . Every high school, community college, and university should consider adding this book to resource collections."ARBA

"A valuable resource for those wanting detailed, scientific information, this text is best suited to college and university library collections."Booklist

"The richness of the content and Stolberg's ability to bring highly technical information into a clear and understandable language for the layperson are the strengths of this book. The thorough index, helpful glossary, comprehensive bibliography, and list of resources are also valuable. . . . [T]his work is a welcome and needed addition to the literature on ADHD. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers."Choice

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