The growing number of adults being prescribed speed-like stimulants to help them focus risk becoming an epidemic of over-diagnosis, warns a Canadian doctor who says adult ADHD has become the newest “psychiatric fad”.
In Canada, adults now account for more than a third of all prescriptions for ADHD medications, and while kids still surpass adults as the main users of ADHD medications, the number of adults on the drugs is increasing faster.
In 2014, the adult ADHD market grew by 17 per cent, vs. 10 per cent for children. In all, more than 4.5 million prescriptions worth more than $408 million were filled by Canadian drugstores in 2014, according to market research firm IMS Brogan.
Did you have ADHD as a child? Are you an adult dealing with ADHD? If a pill could give you mental sharpness, would you take it?
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