Two Childhood Disorders Debatable Examples Of Neuropeptide And Neurobehavioral Approaches

The first theoretically driven hypothesis concerning a neuropeptidergic imbalance in a major psychiatric disorder was the opioid-excess theory of early childhood autism (Panksepp, 1979). This idea, although now evaluated many times, remains neither well confirmed nor adequately disconfirmed. The second, ADHD, the most prevalent childhood problem of our times, can be well-managed pharmacologically, but there is inadequate discussion of the many associated issues that should concern us with such therapies. Let us consider them from the perspectives advanced in this chapter.

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