The Effects of Stimulant Medication on Sleep (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, Nurses, and MFTs
Course By: Tamara Avery, PsyD
Content By: Corkum, P., Begum, E. A., Rusak, B., Rajda, M., Shea, S., MacPherson, M., Williams, T., Spurr, K., & Davidson, F. (2020). The effects of extended-release stimulant medication on sleep in children with ADHD. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 29 (1), 33-43.
Course Description: ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders that affects approximately 5% of school-aged children. ADHD symptomatology reduces school performance, impacts peer relationships, and negatively impacts behavior. Consequently, multimodal treatment approaches that combine psychosocial interventions and pharmacologic treatment are recommended. However, this integrated treatment approach is not always common; stimulants typically function as the sole treatment modality. Methylphenidate hydrochloride (MPH) is the most commonly prescribed stimulant for ADHD symptom mitigation in children; MPH extended release (ER) is the most widely prescribed in North America. Researchers found that the medication dose used during the course of the study was effective for treating ADHD symptoms based on parent and teacher questionnaires, but sleep was still negatively impacted.
- Identify the 2 hypotheses of the study and the methods for determining the effects of stimulant medication on sleep in children
- Analyze the data by exploring the statistical tests used in conjunction with the discussed findings in the accompanying article
- Integrate the study limitations with the identified areas for future research
- Read and understand The Effects of Extended-Release Stimulant Medication on Sleep in Children with ADHD
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the factors associated with the effects of stimulant medication on sleep in children with ADHD, coupled with the statistical findings from the accompanying article
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the relationship between extended-release stimulant medication and sleep disturbances in children diagnosed with ADHD