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CONTEXT Preclinical studies have demonstrated the relevance of adrenergic alpha2A receptor on the attentional process and the mechanism of action of methylphenidate hydrochloride. Several molecular genetic investigations suggest a role for the adrenergic alpha2A receptor gene (ADRA2A) in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess response to treatment with aripiprazole in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder comorbid with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHOD Children and adolescents were extensively assessed according to DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder comorbid with ADHD (n = 710). Those with this comorbidity who were acutely(More)
BACKGROUND The catechol-O-methyltransferase enzyme plays a key role in the function of prefrontal cortex, accounting for most of the degradation of dopamine. Previous studies have documented the improvement of oppositional symptoms in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patients with methylphenidate (MPH) treatment. However, the effect of the(More)
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood. The role of genetic factors in its etiology is strongly supported by family, adoption, and twin studies. Low serotonin activity has been associated in both animal and human studies with measures of impulsivity, aggression, and disinhibited(More)
The dopamine transporter (DAT) is the major site of methylphenidate action, which is one of the main drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most association studies with ADHD focused in a VNTR at the 3'-untranslated region of the gene (3'UTR) presenting conflicting results. However, the most common explanation to inconsistent(More)
Few studies on pharmacogenetics of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been conducted. Most of them evaluated dopaminergic genes resulting in positive and negative findings. We assessed effects of polymorphisms in candidate dopaminergic (DRD4, DAT1) and serotonergic genes (HTR1B, HTR2A, and 5-HTT) on the response to treatment in 111(More)
OBJECTIVE The diagnosis and treatment of youth with severe nonepisodic irritability and hyperarousal, a syndrome defined as severe mood dysregulation (SMD), has been the focus of increasing concern and debate among clinicians and researchers. Our main objective was to assess the effectiveness of risperidone for youths with SMD. METHODS An 8-week open(More)
The dopamine transporter (DAT) plays a key role in the regulation of dopaminergic neurotransmission and is also the major site of action for methylphenidate which is one of the main drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most association studies with ADHD have concentrated on the 3'-untranslated region of the gene (3'-UTR)(More)
BACKGROUND Major psychiatric disorders are increasingly being conceptualized as 'neurodevelopmental', because they are associated with aberrant brain maturation. Several studies have hypothesized that a brain maturation index integrating patterns of neuroanatomical measurements may reliably identify individual subjects deviating from a normative(More)