Acta Scientific Neurology (ASNE) (ISSN: 2582-1121)

Review Article Volume 6 Issue 2

Management of Aggressive Behaviors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Role of α 2 Agonists

Prajjita Sarma Bardoloi*

Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Canada

*Corresponding Author: Prajjita Sarma Bardoloi, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, Canada.

Received: November 28, 2022; Published: January 20, 2022


Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) are associated with high rates of comorbid behavioral problems leading to increased need for crisis interventions, ER visits and health care spending. These patients often end up with polypharmacy of multiple psychotropic medications and complexities secondary to the associated side effects, which may often be irreversible. Not having a proper guideline also makes it difficult for physicians to select appropriate medications. Due to underlying sympathetic over activity, many of this group of patients can get easily dysregulated, making it difficult for their caregivers to care for them. A common practice of pharmacological management of behavioral problems in NDD is to use antipsychotics and other psychotropic medications, often without any primary psychiatric disorder. Much less attention has been given to medications like α 2 agonists. Researches in the past couple of decades have found these medications much effective in behavioral management, with added benefit of lower long term side effects.

Keywords: Aggressive Behaviors; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; α 2 Agonists


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Citation: Prajjita Sarma Bardoloi. “Management of Aggressive Behaviors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Role of α 2 Agonists". Acta Scientific Neurology 6.2 (2023): 20-25.


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