ADHD Prescriptions Skyrocket Among Young Women

The percentage of women who filled a prescription for an ADHD medication rose from 0.9% in 2003 to 4.0% in 2015 ― an increase of 344%, the researchers report.

ADHD prescriptions increased for all subgroups of female patients aged 15 years to 44 years (analyzed in 5-year increments), and in all geographic regions of the country. The largest increase in ADHD prescriptions occurred among women aged 25 to 29 years (700% increase), followed by women aged 30 to 34 (560% increase).

WHY???  Read the Medscape article (and comments) here and the MMWR report at this link.

 

 

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Brain imaging reveals ADHD as a collection of different disorders

The study, published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, has the potential to radically reframe how researchers think about ADHD. “This study found evidence that clearly supports the idea that ADHD-diagnosed adolescents are not all the same neurobiologically,” said first author Dr. Michael Stevens, of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Hartford, CT, and Yale University. Rather than a single disorder with small variations, the findings suggest that the diagnosis instead encompasses a “constellation” of different types of ADHD in which the brain functions in completely different ways.

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Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs – NYTimes.com

A 2013 report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that emergency room visits related to nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among adults 18 to 34 tripled from 2005 to 2011, to almost 23,000.

via Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs – NYTimes.com.

“It is necessary — necessary for survival of the best and the smartest and highest-achieving people.”

ADHD drug from Targacept Phase 2 Clinical Trial Failure

The drug known as TC-5619 failed to show enough evidence of effectiveness against inattentive-predominant ADHD. The Winston-Salem-based company said it will have to reduce its employee count to save money, but it did not announce how many jobs will be affected.

via ADHD drug from Targacept NASDAQ: TRGT disappoints, more layoffs planned – Greensboro – The Business Journal.