ADHD diagnosis on the rise, Recreational use follows suit
MSN Health & Fitness did a story on the trend of more and more children being diagnosed with ADHD, bi-polar, asthma, and allergies. Some argue the increase is due to improved technology in recognizing these medical conditions while others blame over-diagnosis.
Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children has increased 400 percent in the last 25 years. The United States prescribes more medication to treat the disorder than any other country.
BostonHerald.com did a story on the use of energy drinks and Adderall (an ADHD prescription drug) on college campuses in order to boost productivity.
A survey of 11,000 college students found that more than one out of four students from the universities selected used Adderall or similar drugs to boost their academic performance, according to Washington State Univerisity's newspaper The Daily Evergreen. The common practice of people with prescriptions selling some of their pills to peers has contributed to the increase in use of drugs prescribed to treat ADHD like Adderall, The Daily Evergreen said.
Many of my gopher peers will admit to having used Adderall as a study aid or are at least aware of friends who have. Out of those I have known to consult their doctor about the possibility of having ADHD, not one has been turned down. It makes me think some doctors would diagnose anyone with ADHD.
Who wouldn't benefit from being more productive? Let's just put it in the water and boost the productivity of the whole nation! OR... let's enforce stricter policies on doctors in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies so Adderall is not so abundant in our society.