Mother's little helper?
Increasing number of moms taking Adderall
- Duration 3:56
- Date Nov 1, 2012
Increasing number of moms taking Adderall
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Interesting topic here -- forced to juggle their jobs is impaired kids are taking new steps to trying get all done.
Actually popping -- -- known -- Ater all there was usually taken to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD.
Increasing number of women.
A -- really are taking it to make sure they get the job done at home a joining me now to -- in his mommy blogger just.
Even doctor Daniel -- -- -- addiction psychiatrist.
And medical director of the resurrection behavioral health good morning to both of you.
OK Jessica -- I guess I'm shocked at this is a mom who also works and tries to get the job done and be a good parent at home as well and I can't imagine help.
Popping pills would.
Help that whole equation.
Look don't look -- explain it because I don't think anything about this is gonna make your life a lot better.
But I to Mel quite a few women who have taken matter all.
And with these sort of -- -- Diagnoses.
And I'm not sure that it's doing them any favors I'm not a physician.
But I also think you know there's this sort of short cut to.
It's really want to function at a high level I need to make sure I sleeping -- eat well exercise.
And take care myself.
Well if summer's been off for me at Helen's dad.
I think there are times and our lives where it's very tempting and particularly.
When -- raising young kids I know people feel pulled.
A million -- interact as they wanna maybe focus -- and and specifically they wanna lose weight because maybe you don't feel like they have time to go to the gym they don't want to.
A look at me we do have a doctor on the panel a doctor and this is one -- -- stupid things I've ever heard my life is that really going on.
Well we have an epidemic in this country of what's called the non medical use of prescription drugs and -- -- as part of that.
That's a powerful medication that's a good medication when it's appropriately -- but when it's used for performance enhancement which is really what we're talking about.
It's it's a misuse and it has.
Potential problems with that unintentional poisoning.
You know withdrawal.
The you know what goes up must come down so then people start using drugs like xanax.
In order to come down and then you get to sort of better living through chemistry.
Mentality and it's it's dangerous.
How shocking -- let's take a look at the stats which are also it's shocking we should mention these are all legal drugs out there.
By the increase in -- all prescriptions for women ages 26 to 39 have increased by 750%.
In an eight year span I just figure out on the West Coast is this just sent a West Coast famers is this -- all across the country.
I own now this is very much an all across the country phenomenon.
We don't only have pharmacies here in Los Angeles and I just wondering if you -- sometimes things start on the -- and then they they move in a sick a look at another stat here adults eighteen.
ADHD in order to get those prescriptions 25% of adult patients admit to thinking.
Those symptoms to get a prescription a doctor Andrews is that how you see it happening or.
Are there actually physicians who would just handed out even if you don't have the symptoms of attention deficit disorder.
You know I think you have both.
You certainly have most physicians who are trying to do the best they can they're busy.
People come and they they're coach they coached themselves on on the symptoms.
And and the physician tries to help.
And then of course you have a small number -- who you know we'll give you the drugs no matter what you.
You can but in general it's if it's something that that's really eating away at the fabric of our.
Of our nation it's not you know just -- it's across the board.
And -- that's so we have these prescription monitoring programs now I know this is a serious problem totally totally out of control a very interesting debate and with an eye opening.
Jessica Gottlieb and a doctor and grace thanks for your time today.
Thank you think.