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Use of ADHD drugs rose sharply among adults, especially women

HARTFORD, Conn. –Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t just for fidgety little boys anymore.

The number of young adult women taking medications for ADHD jumped by 85 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a recent report by St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits company.

While children are still more likely to have ADHD, the rate of diagnosis is climbing faster in adults — up 53 percent in grownups versus 19 percent in kids over those four years.

Click here to read more from the Connecticut Health I-Team.

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  1. Suzanne

    It’s hard to take these “studies” seriously when confirming studies have not been done by other institutions, according to this article, and everything is based on anecdotal information.

    This is the challenge for every perceived “mental illness” where the organic basis of brain dysfunction cannot be mapped.

    In addition, pharmaceutical companies play a huge role in creating the “cure du jour” or the latest illness to show its ugly head that brings them a profit. This may seem cynical except the diagnostic cycles have been clear: lately, bipolar disorder was redefined in a definitive study by Harvard MD’s. Then, everyone was bipolar and on the requisite medication.

    Now it is ADHD and if GP’s are diagnosing the disorder, that means there is a lot of misdiagnosis and, therefore, patient disservice going on. That women are stressed with all of their responsibilities is no surprise in this stress-laden world, especially with children. I suppose our mothers, in similar circumstances, just “sucked it up” and did what they had to.

    For those who truly have ADHD and are getting the assistance they need, bravo. But for those that don’t, and I imagine that is quite a few, the medical establishment will need to catch up with the trend and correct the misdiagnosis with the correct meds or….?

    In any case, mental illness needs to be considered a simple perception of a differently wired brain. As pointed out in the article, if you are a diabetic, you take insulin, high blood pressure? A statin. Mental illness is just another part of the body having repercussions in daily life just like the other examples cited. Different brain wiring. That’s it.

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