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Healthy Lifestyle in Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas J. Spencer, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 9, 2009
Last updated: October 21, 2013
Last verified: October 2013
The purpose of this study is to understand the relationship between ADHD and the overall health of someone with ADHD. People who have ADHD have trouble paying attention, concentrating, organizing, and planning. They may have trouble in school, at work, and at home. The investigators are interested in finding out whether these difficulties have had any influence in the past, current, or future health problems of someone with ADHD. About 100 people with ADHD and 100 people without ADHD will take part in this research study, all through Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Healthy Lifestyle in Adults With ADHD

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of ADHD and control subject health habits will be assessed by subject-rated questionnaires and health measures, such as vital signs and blood draw results. [ Time Frame: 1 time ]

Enrollment: 253
Study Start Date: February 2009
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Adults with ADHD
Healthy adults without ADHD


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults ages 18-55 who have ADHD (for ADHD group) Healthy adult volunteers ages 18-55 who do not have ADHD (control group)

Inclusion Criteria:

ADHD Subjects

  1. Signed written informed consent to participate in the study.
  2. Age: 18 - 60 (inclusive).
  3. Current diagnosis of DSM-IV ADHD by structured interview. Late age of onset acceptable for participation provided ADHD symptoms meet full criteria currently.

Control Subjects

  1. Signed written informed consent to participate in the study.
  2. Age: 18 - 60 (inclusive).
  3. Subjects must have <3 symptoms in each domain (Inattention and Hyperactive/Impulsive) and <5 total symptoms in both domains on the DSM-IVADHD module of the structured interview.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of any psychotic disorder or Autism.
  2. Mental impairment as evidenced by a Full Scale I.Q. less than 80.
  3. Major sensorimotor handicaps such as deafness or blindness.
  4. Subject currently taking antipsychotic medication or mood stabilizers.
  5. Inadequate command of the English language.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00879320

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Thomas Spencer, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Thomas J. Spencer, MD, Associate Chief, Clinical and Research Program, Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00879320     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-P-002056
Study First Received: April 9, 2009
Last Updated: October 21, 2013

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
healthy lifestyle

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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