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Use of ADHD medicine up considerably. 175 million kroner spent last year alone. In four years the number of users of ADHD has more than doubled. According to the Norwegian Prescription database, the amount of money used on medication between 2004 and 2008 increased by 100 million kroner. Not a problem limited to adolescents and teenagers Bergens Tidende (bt.no) writes that although most cases of ADHD have been diagnosed in people between 10 and 19 years of age, the largest increase in prescriptions has been amongst 30 year-old and 69 year-old women. Eva Karen Løvaas, head of Bergensklinikkene tells the paper why.

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Use of ADHD medicine up considerably

Published on Tuesday, 9th June, 2009 at 23:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

175 million kroner spent last year alone.

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In four years the number of users of ADHD has more than doubled. According to the Norwegian Prescription database, the amount of money used on medication between 2004 and 2008 increased by 100 million kroner.

Not a problem limited to adolescents and teenagers

Bergens Tidende (bt.no) writes that although most cases of ADHD have been diagnosed in people between 10 and 19 years of age, the largest increase in prescriptions has been amongst 30 year-old and 69 year-old women. Eva Karen Løvaas, head of Bergensklinikkene tells the paper why.

“The continuing increase in numbers is an indication that we are about to discover that adults can also have ADHD. This group has been extremely under-diagnosed, especially amongst women.”

Study

ADHD in adults is being studied by Professor Jan Haavik at the University of Bergen, who heads the project.

“The figures are not so surprising when one takes in to account that new products costing more have appeared on the market in the same period of time” he says.

In fashion

But the Professor gives an additional explanation as to the rise in numbers.

“ADHD has also become a fashionable illness with a growth-rate that has almost mushroomed. The disease has been heavily focused upon, not least by the media.”

Adults were not given ADHD before 1997. It is estimated that four percent of American adults live with the disease, according to Wikipedia.



Published on Tuesday, 9th June, 2009 at 23:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: ritalin, adhd, norway, medication, increase, bergen, adolescents, teenagers, women, norwegian, prescription.





  
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