MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some doctors in the Twin Cities are concerned that a growing number of young adults seem to be faking attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in order to obtain the prescription stimulant Adderall.

University of Minnesota student Christopher Meyer says legal and illegal use of stimulants has become common at the university.

Hennepin County Medical Center neuropsychologist Paul Marshall authored a study that says the unwarranted use of Adderall is contributing to a shortage of the drug. Marshall has developed a tougher screening test for symptoms and says it should be given to all ADHD patients.

The Star Tribune reports the National Institute of Mental Health says the number of adults in the U.S. who actually have ADHD is less than 5 percent.

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Comments (8)
  1. altavista says:

    This has been going on for years—They are just becoming concerned now?

  2. luvs says:

    Not surprising. Bad parents go along with it too as an excuse for their children’s poor behavior. A lot of doctors don;t care since it brings them business.

    1. mmm.. says:

      Which is sad because those of us who DO actually have it get looked at like we’re faking or drugging our kids. I’ve had severe ADHD all my life and it’s awful to deal with on a day to day basis and I see symptoms starting in my children. I’m only going to get them medication when the disorder actually interferes with their lives and they need help focusing.

  3. tan pup says:

    Dealing with college students on a day to day basis, I see the pressure they are under in order to succeed and be perfect. No one should be surprised by this. Years ago it was cocaine – speed or anything else to keep you awake and feeling peppy. Again, how is this a story when we just had a music entertainer die of over medicating herself with pills and alcohol, yet no one held her accountable – now we have generations who do whatever it takes to be successful.

    1. ^ doof above warning ^ says:

      Hahahahahaha! You’re a laugh a second, DS. “I see the pressure they are under in order to succeed and be perfect.” – you expect us to believe that?! hahahahahahahaha! STFU and get a REAL education, dreamer. Even if your statement held even a little accuracy, the actual individuals themselves are most certainly the loafing idiots that don’t do anything but wonder who should give them something. Bite us all, ya “wanna’ be” wishful thinkers…

  4. Judy says:

    Those of us having direct contact with children of Autism ONLY wish ours were faking the symptoms! Life would be so much easier to deal with!

  5. T says:

    First we invent a disease and now we wonder why kids invent a reason to get drugs for the disease we invented.

  6. Yogi in St. Paul says:

    Gee- ya think???? Doctors should prescribe yoga and meditation! Oh but the drug companies wouldn’t like that!

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