And you thought you were just depressed, eh?
But hold on, perhaps you’re not – perhaps you might be suffering from Adult ADHD… yep, Adult ADHD!?
Luckily, Shire Pharmaceuticals has just the drug for you and it has been spreading its cash around to let doctors know and Shire’s messages go something like this: “1) Adult ADHD is underdiagnosed; 2) Adult ADHD is a really bad disease, with lots of terrible consequences; 3) A lot of the patients that present with depression actually have ADHD if you dig deeply enough; 4) Stimulants don’t lead to substance abuse, in fact they prevent future development of substance abuse; 5) Finally, and most importantly, psychostimulants are incredibly effective for Adult ADHD, so prescribe lots of them…”
Now, where have we heard those messages before…?
Thanks to Dr Daniel Carlat and his Carlat Psychiatry Blog – Supporting the search for honesty in medical education – for bringing this story to us.
Read the whole thing here.