FTC, HHS Request Patient Information on Drug Shortages, Pharmaceutical Middlemen
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by Melanie Wachsman
13h ago
February 21, 2024 To what degree are ongoing nationwide ADHD drug shortages worsened by the role of pharmaceutical middlemen? This is the subject of a public inquiry recently launched by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) on February 14. The public has until April 15 to publicly submit comments at Regulations.gov. The RFI asks patients to submit comments, documents, and data regarding how the practices of two types of pharmaceutical drug intermediaries — group purchasing organization ..read more
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What a Trip: Mental Health’s Psychedelic Revolution
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by Nicole Kear
13h ago
Ecstasy. ‘Shrooms. Special K. These illicit drugs, once relegated to nightclubs and music festivals, have once again become revolutionary medicines with thrilling potential to help people suffering from mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), opioid and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and more. The number of clinics offering infusions of ketamine — the only psychedelic that is legal nationwide — has exploded. Research on the drug known as ecstasy, or MDMA (3,4-methyl-enedioxymethamphetamine), has shown such promise for treating severe PTSD th ..read more
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“How a Psychedelic Trip Changed My Life”
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by Shrishti Jadhav
1d ago
Twelve years ago, I embarked on a transformative psychedelics journey that opened my eyes to my true self. I did not know then that this trip into my subconscious would completely change my perception of the world, make my then-undiagnosed ADHD more manageable, and lead me to help others experience similar life-changing revelations. On that fateful day, my psychedelic guide gave me magic mushrooms and said, “Look at the forest one last time; you will never see it the same way again.” To say he was right would be an understatement. I arrived with a simple intention: to get to know myself better ..read more
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Stark Health Disparities Exist for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Diverse Adults
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by Melanie Wachsman
1d ago
February 20, 2024 Stark mental health disparities negatively impact transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse individuals, according to a recent study of 1.5 million people, including nearly 8,000 transgender people aged 16 or older in England. 1 According to the study, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, gender-diverse adult populations experience a much higher prevalence of mental health conditions compared to cisgender adults, with inequalities concentrated in patients younger than 35 years. Long-term mental health conditions impact approximately one in two non-binary transgend ..read more
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Call to Action! Speak Up to End the ADHD Drug Shortage
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by Nathaly Pesantez
5d ago
Add your voice to the chorus of individuals with ADHD calling for an end to the ADHD medication shortage. Use the templates below to act on the following calls to action: Contact Your U.S. Congressional Representatives Send a letter to the DEA Send a letter to the FDA Give your input on the drug shortage Contact Your U.S. Congressional Representatives Find contact information for your U.S. Congressional Representatives here. Send the following message to your representative. (Want to send an email? Consider doing it via democracy.io) Dear Representative, Millions of American caregivers an ..read more
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“I Went Over 25 Years Without Consuming a Vegetable”
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by Nathaly Pesantez
6d ago
FREE WEBINAR ON FEBRUARY 28, 2024 Register for Eating Disorders Comorbid with ADHD: What You Need to Know About ARFID, Anorexia, and Others White rice, white bread, ground beef, chicken fingers, French fries, and pepperoni pizza — for most of my life — and with very few exceptions — these were the only foods I ate. From a young age, trying any food outside of this short list was a struggle like no other. I’d chew the food and try to pass it, but my throat would close, and I would gag and choke. No matter how hard I tried to swallow, I just couldn’t. Of course, everyone thought that I was simpl ..read more
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Q: “School Bullying Gave My Child Social Anxiety That Persists at Their New School.”
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by Melanie Wachsman
1w ago
Q1: “We’re moving my son, who has ADHD, to another school. He has been bullied from elementary to high school by the same group of students. I want him to join a group at his new school, but he’s been rejected so many times over the years that he doesn’t want to risk it. What should I do?” I just want to validate how hard this is and the importance of advocating for your student by moving him to a different school and trying to set him up for success. Sometimes, smaller-group social interaction, even with one or two other peers who have similar interests, is better than trying to jump into a l ..read more
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Energy Drink Consumption Linked to ADHD, Depression, Risky Behavior: Study
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by Melanie Wachsman
1w ago
February 13, 2024 Energy drink consumption is associated with an elevated risk for physical and mental health conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among children and adolescents, according to a new study published in the journal Public Health.1 The study’s U.K. research team linked energy drink consumption with a higher-than-average risk of poor academic performance, sleep problems, unhealthy dietary habits, and risky behaviors. Children and teens who consumed energy drinks were more likely than non-drinkers to engage in unsafe sex and vehicle use, binge drinking ..read more
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“Is My Relationship Toxic?” A Quiz for Adults with ADHD
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by Nathaly Pesantez
1w ago
No one is immune to toxic relationships. Individuals with ADHD, however, may be especially vulnerable to experiencing emotional abuse in the form of gaslighting, love bombing, and other manipulation tactics in a relationship. “Adults with ADHD may be more vulnerable to gaslighting due to issues with self-esteem, difficulty with past relationships, and feelings of guilt and shame,” writes Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and the author of Healing from Toxic Relationships: 10 Essential Steps to Recover from Gaslighting, Narcissism, and Emotional Abuse. Gaslighting and other forms of em ..read more
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25 Positive Affirmations That Uplift ADHD Brains
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by Nathaly Pesantez
1w ago
How do ADDitude readers overcome negative thoughts and rein in their big emotions? Many turn to positive affirmations to reduce feelings of fear, self-doubt, and shame — and to increase self-acceptance. Here are some of the reflections, self-directed pep talks, sayings, and favorite inspiring quotes that readers shared: “I am a good person. I deserve love. I am calm. I am peace.” “My emotions are valid, and I am allowed to have them.” “This is only temporary. You will not feel this way forever, even though it seems that way. Breathe through it.” [Free Download: Emotional Regulation & Anger ..read more
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