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TOPIC: ADHD Surge Is More Marketing Than Medicine

ADHD Surge Is More Marketing Than Medicine 20 Nov 2014 15:31 #348

ADHD Surge Is More Marketing Than Medicine
Posted Tuesday November 18, 2014

You can't catch attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but you wouldn't know that by the way diagnoses are spreading - up 10X in some countries.

America went through this in the 1990s, when it was just ADD rather than the broader spectrum of ADHD. Then in the 2000s it was supplanted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, which replaced Autism with a set of ASD criteria so broad up to 80 percent of people are included. Fad diagnoses diminish the seriousness of the disease for families that really have it but they are good for business.

Until recently, North America tallied by far the most ADHD diagnoses, and the United States consumed 90 percent of all Ritalin, one of the most common ADHD drugs. ADHD diagnoses are still high in the U.S., but Americans account for only 75 percent of Ritalin users now. In the U.K., ADHD diagnoses grew from less than 1 percent in the 1990s to 5 percent today. In Germany, prescription ADHD drug doses 5-folded between 1998 and 2008.


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