Prescription medicine skyrocketed

As reported by ABC News, "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, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

These findings have prompted a discussion regarding the need for more research into how these medications may affect pregnant women.

"Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and women may be taking prescription medicine early in pregnancy before they know they are pregnant,” Dr. Coleen Boyle, the director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a statement. 

This huge increase in prescribed ADHD medication for women is shocking and raises the question of why.  Why are there suddenly more women taking prescription medications for ADHD?  Are there suddenly more woman being diagnosed with ADHD?  Are woman given different treatment options or is medication the primary recommendation?

Many professionals do recommend a combined approach with medication and behavioral interventions.  Medication can control symptoms of ADHD, but medication cannot teach skills such as how to sustain one's attention in the workplace, how to plan, prioritize, and adjust behaviors.  

These are skills that Play Attention can teach.  Play Attention focuses on customizing each person's program in order to meet the needs of each individual's strengths and weaknesses.  Medication is a very personal choice.  However, whether you are on medication or not on medication to control symptoms, Play Attention's advanced technology combined with your personal executive function coach can assist you in developing the life skills you need in order to be successful.

Attend our live webinar this week to learn how Play Attention can work for you.