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Efficacy of Methylphenidate for Internet Gaming Disorder and Internet Addiction in Patients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

[ Vol. 30 , Issue. 6 ]


Andrea Salvati, Gianluca Sesso*, Francesca Lenzi, Gabriele Masi and Stefano Berloffa   Pages 477 - 483 ( 7 )


Background: Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) and Internet Addiction (IA) are related clinical conditions often comorbid with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Objective: We evaluated the efficacy of MPH for IGD/IA symptoms in ADHD patients.

Methods: We enrolled 38 drug-naive patients diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and IGD/IA. At baseline, all patients underwent a clinical assessment for IGD/IA symptoms and then received the most appropriate therapy according to their clinical profile. Twenty-one patients received MPH (methylphenidate) treatment, and 17 patients did not. Patients were re-evaluated after three months of treatment.

Results: Findings revealed significant reductions in IGD/IA symptoms over time, while no significant effect of MPH on symptom reduction was found. Clinical predictors of symptom reduction were identified, including IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and comorbid anxiety.

Conclusion: This longitudinal prospective study contributes to the understanding of IGD/IA treatment in ADHD patients and highlights the importance of considering individual clinical characteristics when predicting treatment response. However, MPH may not directly impact IGD/IA symptom reduction.


Internet gaming disorder, internet addiction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, methylphenidate, pharmacological interventions, intelligence quotient.


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