ADHD Growing Up! Drug Companies Thrilled.

Attention Deficit Disorder Needs Life-Long Treatment, Study Says shrieks Bloomsbury News.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder doesn’t disappear as children grow older, according to a study that found harmful life-long effects that suggest treatment needs to continue into adulthood.

Anyone want to guess who’s paying for this treatment?

Oh, and what treatment? Why, of course, speed. Junior is running on junior’s little helper. Perhaps, it would be better to refer to it as junior’s caretaker’s little helper. Who needs a meth lab when you’ve got a shrink?

The study, reported in today’s Archives of General Psychiatry, followed 271 patients for 33 years, the longest any research has tracked the disorder, the authors wrote. Men diagnosed with ADHD as children had less education as adults, higher rates of divorce and substance abuse, and they spent more time in jail, the research found

Alright. Maybe the best thing to do, if you’re going to be given an ADHD diagnosis, is to be female.

About 31 percent of those with ADHD didn’t finish high school, compared with 4.4 percent in the comparison group. They made about $40,000 a year less on average in their jobs, and they were about three times more likely to have been divorced, be involved in substance abuse or to have spent time in jail, according to the study.

Economic hardship is a disease in today’s world, but unfortunately wealth is not the prescription drug used to treat this new plebian class.

Let’s go to another source for a little enlightenment on the subject. Let’s go to Psychiatric Times for a 2011 article on what a amounts to an epidemic, Problems of Overdiagnosis and Overprescribing in ADHD.

Before 1970, the diagnosis of ADHD was relatively rare for schoolchildren and almost nonexistent for adolescents and adults. Between 1980 and 2007, there was an almost 8-fold increase of ADHD prevalence in the United States compared with rates of 40 years ago. Considering the prevalence of school-administered stimulants as synonymous with the prevalence of ADHD, Safer and colleagues estimated the prevalence of ADHD in American schoolchildren as 1% in the 1970s, 3% to 5% in the 1980s, and 4% to 5% in the mid to late 1990s. In 2007, using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, Visser and colleagues reported that 7.8% of youths aged 4 to 17 years had a diagnosis of ADHD and 4.3% reported current use of a medication for the disorder.

I can imagine a time when we will be saying, “Remember when ADHD was a children’s disorder rather than a illness of the impoverished.”

In the future there will be two classes of people, the wealthy and the sick.