Should AOPA work on creating, streamlining, and simplifying the special issuance process for ADHD?

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  1. Guest

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    41% increase in ADHD diagnosis since 2002. Let that marinate.
     
  2. paflyer

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    Now correlate that with Big Pharma stock value.
     
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    You can correlate a lot of problems we have with medical care in this country to when public advertising of prescription drugs became legal.
     
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    I actually blame big pharma but not what you think. We’re finding more disease prevalence attributable to indiscriminate use of pharmaceuticals in agriculture.
     
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    ...and pesticides.

    I’m surprised that there’s people that still think spanking a kid will solve a mental health disorder.
     
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    Ok, I've got an easy solution to this........ squirrel!!
     
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    "Ask you doctor..."
     
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    I would, but he's at a big pharma-paid "conference" in Maui....

    :rolleyes:
     
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    All I will say is, the current tests that exist are good and thorough. Having gone through them, I believe that it would be hard with someone with true ADHD symptoms to pass those tests. Also, like Dr. Bruce mentioned- ADHD is on a spectrum. However, (and I think Bruce will agree with me here), I wish there was an "easier" way for this pathway. Quicker, cheaper and understood by more Doctors.

    I also wish that anyone who failed a medical for ADHD was still eligible to fly Sport Pilot. I think there must be a fair number of pilots out there who are scared to take the medical and fail, and are flying sport out of that fear. I wonder how many of those pilots would have been able to get their third class medical with some more legwork. All of those pilots represent more participation/income for the GA community here in the U.S.
     
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    First, I don't think AOPA is able to do much more than write their own press releases. The Federal Government is big, slow, and quite monolithic. It take more than what they've got to institute real change. They might like to crow about the whole medical reform thing, but I think the real driver there is the a guy who landed on a closed runway.

    As far as ADHD and autism diagnoses, we know more about the latter these days. No one really talked about a spectrum of anything back in the day. But they were there, they were always there. We didn't joke about the short bus for nothing. I suspect that lots of kids who act out for all kinds of different reasons get the ADHD label and some nice drugs. Easy way to deal with the problem. Some of them might even be ADHD. But I can't blame the parents for listening to the harried doc or nurse and not think ahead 20 years to whether their kid might want to fly airplanes. Back then folks listened to medical professionals more than now, I suspect. Of course, these days we're all conditioned to get a diagnosis and some pills.

    By the way, your own friendly neighborhood Steingar was so diagnosed when he was a young pup. The whole middle of the Bell curve is all too real, at least it was in the day. Hard to believe anything that popular would go away in the interim, though. Boosted a grade solved the problem quite nicely (my Pharmacist father though medication was BS), though it created an unintended consequence. Never a physical giant, your protagonist was tiny compared to many of his colleagues, who reminded him of it both often and brutally. Then again, that was a huge assist in establishing studious habits and a rapier wit (if I do say so myself), both of which have assisted yours truly immeasurably in the years since.
     
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    I have a complete set of Lawn Darts. Hmmm...it's not illegal to drop stuff from a plane (as long as yada yada yada)...