ADD and ADHD Medication Uses in Adults
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), whereby a person lacks the ability to focus enough attention on a given topic or subject to master that subject or topic and to make wise and informed decisions and actions regarding all of the relevant information sufficient to master and complete tasks on time and with specific goals achieved; differs from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), again with the same meanings, but with the addition of hyperactive physical activity which can not be reasonably or prudently controlled by the person, given maximal attempts- which persist as horribly distracted attempts at physical movement control. Neither condition sounds pleasant. For those who can admit they possess the conditions: the problems are horribly draining- both emotionally and physically for those individuals and for those who care about them.
For every 'blessing' or 'talent' people receive, they also receive a 'curse'. For every 'curse' a person receives, they receive one or more 'blessings'. So it is with ADD and ADHD.
Many adults have spent their lives forcing themselves to 'fit in', when they need to 'color outside the lines' to be fulfilled and successful: most have spent their childhood, teens and early adult life trying to ignore, or successfully dealing with ADD/ADHD. For anyone who's researched, read, or discussed the condition with patients, the findings are relatively consistent: when the ADD/ADHD is properly treated, the person usually functions in the top 5% of brilliant and successful people.
The curse: not being treated. But why not be treated?
Is Treatment for ADD and ADHD Safe and Effective
There are two major stumbling blocks to successful evaluation and treatment for ADD and ADHD: first is the fear, anxiety, and emotionally draining thought of addmitting to possessing the conditions and awaiting the animosity and maltreatment from others who will treat folks with contempt rather than understanding since the second requires far more reading, research, understanding and most important of all- compassion; second, if admitting a person possesses such a 'disorder', then how safe or dangerous is the treatment?
That's a huge question- and it's one for which the WRONG answer has been provided for far too long!
No Excess Risk of Cardiac Events with ADD/ADHD Medications in Adults
More than 1,500,000 American Adults use ADD/ADHD medications, mostly to combat ADHD. For years, there have been reports of safety and reports of danger to using amphetamines, long term in adults with ADD/ADHD, who may or may not have other health problems.
The FDA reviewed the literature and decided that science rules over science fiction, and ADD/ADHD meds are safe to use in adults for long term. Scientists wanted more. In the JAMA, published December 28th 2011, a definitive research paper was published with a corresponding opinion article. In the retrospective trial of 150,000 adults (ages 25-64) who were current users of ADD/ADHD meds, they were compared with 239,000 similar aged and sexed matches. During a 15 month follow-up: 2,228 cardiovascular events occurred (as the naysayers had predicted); however, most of the adverse events occurred in the control group of non-users of amphetamines!
The ADD/ADHD patients were 17% less likely to have an event as their aged and sex matched controls! The JAMA results are similar to conculsions published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, vol 365, page 1896. these wise and thorough conclusions give added support to the prudent and progressive policy of the FDA to support long term safe use of amphetamines to patients with ADD/AHHD.
This means that, for a few million people, the nightmare of safety has been resolved favorably! Now, for those talented and driven people amongst the remainders- keep up and proceed in your usual and successful (medicated) manner to acheive what mere mortals can not!