Clinical Efficacy and Long Term Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in Children With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • End date
    Jan 31, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Amiens
Updated on 31 January 2021


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood. Patients with ADHD present inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity causing severe impairments on academic achievement, social and professional life and daily functioning. Medications are effective in a majority of children with ADHD, but about 30% do not respond or tolerate stimulants, and some parents refuse pharmacological treatments.Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation is a safe and non-invasive technique of brain stimulation used in several neurological and psychiatric disorders, and recently in ADHD. In patients with ADHD, tDCS stimulations targeted frontal regions improve executive and attentional functioning and daily life symptoms. The objective of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of tDCS (vs sham) during cognitive-remediation exercises on ADHD symptoms (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity as defined by DSM-5) in children with ADHD between 7 and 14 years of age.

Condition Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Pediatric), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Adults), Family Medicine-ADHD Pediatrics, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Adults), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD - Pediatric), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, tDCS, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Family Medicine-ADHD Pediatrics, adhd
Treatment Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04704687
SponsorCentre Hospitalier Universitaire, Amiens
Last Modified on31 January 2021


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