Speed-like stimulants prescribed for adult ADHD part of ‘psychiatric fad,’ risk being used for mental edge | National Post

The growing number of adults being prescribed speed-like stimulants to help them focus risk becoming an epidemic of over-diagnosis, warns a leading Canadian doctor who says adult ADHD has become the newest “psychiatric fad.”

Once considered rare, adult ADHD is rising sharply. In Canada, adults now account for more than a third of all prescriptions for ADHD medications, and while children still surpass adults as the main users of ADHD drugs (64 per cent versus 36 per cent), the number of adults on the drugs is increasing faster, according to Shire, makers of the ADHD drug Vyvanse.

If medication is truly the cure for ADHD, why has diagnosis of this condition increased by 66% since 2004?

 

One has to wonder how much pressure big Pharma is putting on doctors these days. From the numbers this “epidemic” looks like it may be driven from profiteering within the healthcare establishment.

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Christine Hart
1 year 1 month ago

Well, we must remember that big Pharma companies are still businesses. The sole purpose is to make money.

As much as this is the case in fact, we must also remember that our bodies are uniquely different to the next person, biochemistry speaking.

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