25 Mar 2023

The Detail's Long Read: What's Up With ADHD?

From The Detail, 5:00 am on 25 March 2023

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An artwork representing ADHD. Three human figures in bright colours are posed around a large profile of a human head showing the brain. In the background are colourful shapes: a scribble, an arc, and a grid pattern.

The number of adults filling prescriptions for ADHD medication has skyrocketed from around 4300 in 2012 to almost 22,000 last year. Photo: Rachel Salazar / North & South

This week, it's What's Up With ADHD?, written by Mirjam Guesgen and published in North & South's April 2023 issue.

You can find the full article, with illustrations by Rachel Salazar, in this month’s issue of North and South.

Once a condition associated with children, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnoses in adults have quadrupled in New Zealand in the past 10 years. What’s behind this sudden and extraordinary rise, and should we take it at face value?

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