Efficacy of Lisdexamfetamine Dimesylate for Promoting Occupational Success in Adolescents and Young Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Chanelle T. Gordon, Gregory A. Fabiano, Kevin F. Hulme, Sandro M. Sodano, Michael Adragna, Rachel Lim, Samantha Stanford, Leah Janikowski, Bradley Bufalo, Zulema Rodriguez, Denise Swiatek

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Abstract

There has been a lack of research on the third area of impairment noted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition-"occupational functioning." It is important to understand the impact of common treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in occupational settings. Twenty individuals with ADHD between ages 16 and 25 participated in a double-blind, placebo controlled evaluation of 40 mg lisdexamfetamine dimesylate in a setting designed to approximate a restaurant workplace with associated, simulated food delivery. Outcome measures included ratings of performance, as well as behavioral productivity. Results indicated that participants completed more workplace tasks when on medication, relative to placebo. Ratings of job application quality, job interview performance, and delivery outcomes were not significantly different on medication versus placebo. These results suggest positive effects of medication in a workplace environment, but also a need for study of additional interventions to support workplace-related behavior and functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate
  • Occupational impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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