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Old 01-20-18, 08:55 AM
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Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

From a legit(?) news source. It happens to center more on pregnancy and adhd meds more but also throws in increases in certain age groups with no real explanation for why the stats are even included. Ironically I dont think the stats about pregnant women taking adhd meds were even mentioned. I hate the media nearly 95% of the time when it comes to adhd articles, adhd meds articles and especially women's adhd articles. When I read a good one I cant wait to share it everywhere.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/young-w...ry?id=52449641
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

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The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015.
Color me extremely unsurprised. My theory: girls, especially prior to 2003 and even throughout the entire first decade of 2000, were totally underdiagnosed and flew under the radar because we're not as aggressive or hyperactive usually. Psychiatrists have started to realize it and women who have suffered with it throughout their entire lives are finally getting help.

So, let's take a look at the actual CDC research, which I had to look up because ABC News didn't feel the need to cite their sources. There's this little tidbit which pretty much sums it all up:

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In 2015, 4.0% of reproductive-aged women in this large convenience sample filled an ADHD medication prescription.
Now let's look at the CDC's current statistics for people who suffer from ADHD. Apparently even in the state with the lowest prevalence of diagnosed ADHD, Colorado, 7.1% of children suffered from ADHD in 2011. So even if we pretend half of them "outgrow" their ADHD, 4% wouldn't be a very high or mind-boggling statistic at all. It would be right around where you'd expect it to be. It's actually pretty low and I expect it to keep rising for a few more years, because the average number of children diagnosed with ADHD is right around 10%.

So the headline should really be:

Women are finally getting help for their ADHD. It's awesome!

Very poor journalism.
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

what totally alarmist BS!!!
And then the article's conclusion is just well, basic common sense.

these younger women who are getting a diagnosis now, will prosper and flourish; they will be happier because they will able to organize their lives better and understand the possible adhd in their own children.
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

Problem here is that AD(H)D often gets portraid in media as a bit of a "shady" disease.

Something that has to do with difficult, impulsive, restless kids or illequipped parents that just want to have troublefree kids and run to the doctor to calm them down with ADHD meds. The public perception and the personal reality of the condition are many miles apart.

A 700 % increase is a success, if the meds end up with those who need them. Just like it would be if there would be a 700% increase in an innoculation that could prevent cancer.

What disturbs me most is that legit news media are no longer representing the facts, they are instead tapping into fears, desires and sensationalism, and they do that by selecting those facts that could lead to an alarmist conclusion.
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

The most helpful book I ever read on ADD was Women With Attention Deficit Disorder by Sari Solden, MS, LMFT.

It is all about how women are under diagnosed and many don't find out until much later in life.

It's very validating and educational. She gives excellent examples.
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

Females are still at a double disadvantage and may always be in this area.

1. Some people (MD's/DO's, therapists, counselors, teachers) still think ADHD is not real so they would never think that whatever is wrong is ADHD.

2. These same people may think ADHD is only boys being hyperactive.
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Re: Alarmist Headlines about women and adhd meds.

My theory is that young females with ADHD are socialized (aka, punished) into internalizing their hyperactive tendencies. This repression leads to internal feelings of restlessness, anxiety, depression, etc.

On the other hands, young males with ADHD are initially allowed to freely be outwardly hyperactive ("boys will be boys") until the problems with school behavior get severe enough that they get brought to the doctor to get evaluated for ADHD.

More generally, for both female and male adults with ADHD, hyperactivity is of no diagnostic value for diagnosing ADHD (according to Russell Barkley). This is because by adulthood, ADHDers have been taught to internalize their hyperactivity. It's just that females tend to go through that process earlier in life than males due to societal gender norms.
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