U. Wolf, U. Golombek, A. Diefenbacher
May 1, 2006
OBJECTIVE Children with untreated ADHS have a high risk of becoming adult addicts and often present as problem patients on psychiatric detoxification units. We present our experience with the task of recognizing ADHS and initiating treatment during the short period of in-patient detoxification. METHODS Typical case histories illustrate the structural framework of the setting, the diagnosis and therapeutic process and the course of treatment. RESULTS Assessment of ADHS and initiation of specific treatment during in-hospital care is practical and useful to stop further chronification of illness. CONCLUSION This work requires a new approach to these often difficult patients by establishing a continuous therapeutic milieu.