Adult ADHD Drug Use Skyrockets
The Strattera advertisement depicted a distracted man looking for his car keys, failing to complete work assignments and arriving late to appointments. “Yeah, I can relate,” many adults say to themselves.
More and more adults today are begin putting the pieces of a distracted childhood into perspective. Some adults realize they have ADD when their child is diagnosed with ADD. Record numbers of adults are flocking to the doctor for help managing their ADHD symptoms. According to recently released data from one of the countries largest prescription benefit manager companies, adult use of ADHD medications has doubled since the year 2000.
Here is what else the the study data revealed;
- The fastest growing segment of adult ADHD medication use is in women between the ages of 20 and 44, with use of prescription ADHD drugs up 113 percent.
- Women between the ages of 45 and 64 are closely behind, with a prescription ADHD drug use increase of 104 percent.
- Women outpaced men in ADHD medication use in both age categories.
Doctors currently treat about 1 percent of adults, which translates to nearly 1.5 million adults 20 and older taking ADHD medicine. This dispels previous beliefs that children with ADHD typically outgrow their ADD by adolescence. It is now thought that at least half of all adults who had symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder as a child still have problems with ADHD that affect their present functioning.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms include;
- Lack of attention to detail.
- An internal sense of anxiety.
- Family history of ADD, learning problems, mood disorders or substance abuse problems.
- Impulsive spending habits.
- Trouble following the proper channels or chain of commands.
- Frequent distractions during sex.
- An attitude of "read the directions when all else fails."
- Frequently misplaces car keys, purse, wallet or other day-to-day items.
- Frequent traffic violations.
- Spending excessive time at work due to inefficiencies.
- Impulsive job changes.
- Inconsistent work performance.
- Trouble maintaining an organized work and/or home environment.
- Sense of underachievement.
- Chronically late or always in a hurry.
- Frequent mood swings.
- Frequently overwhelmed by tasks of daily living.
- Trouble sustaining friendships or intimate relationships.
- Poor financial management and frequent late bills.
- A need to seek high stimulation activities.
- Tendency toward exaggerated outbursts.
- Tendency to worry needlessly and endlessly.
- Transposing numbers, letters, words.
- "Thin-skinned" - having quick or exaggerated responses to real or imagined slights.
- Addictive personality toward food, alcohol, drugs, work and/or gambling.
- Tendency toward being argumentative.
Adequate treatment can greatly improve many facets of the ADHD adult's life, including job performance, relationships, sex lives and parenting skills. However, ADHD treatment does not mean pharmaceutical drugs only.
The Attention Deficit Disorder adult can find help naturally without the side effects of ADHD medication by incorporate lifestyle modifications in diet, nutritional support and exercise. Vigorous and regular exercise can also be very helpful for the adult with ADD or ADHD. A diet packed with brain boosting essential fatty acids and amino acids is a must to keep the brain functioning at top performance. The ADD adult can also meet these crucial dietary requirements with high-quality nutritional supplements designed to fuel the brain and address ADd symptoms. Enlisting the help of a coach (a close and trusted friend, co-worker or therapist) can also provide excellent support for the ADD adult.
Natural approaches to ADHD are highly suggested for adults with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, those who tried the ADHD drugs to little satisfaction and adults who simply want a healthy way to manage their ADHD.
If you have problems with procrastination, disorganization, hyperactivity, impulsivity and other ADHD symptoms that significantly impact your life, seek out a treatment plan to alleviate the problems. You won’t be sorry.
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