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For Your Health
BY JEFFRE Psychologi
cal Consultants of Michigan, P.C.
 Several years ago, Major League Baseball (MLB) convened a national panel of experts on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to ad- dress a growing concern among Major League teams on which I was privi- leged to serve. It seemed, particularly in the Minor Leagues, players discov- ered the use of stimulant medications for ADHD provided a competitive advantage over their peers in vying for major league rosters. This news spread through locker rooms as players dis- covered medications could be obtained through their primary care physicians by simply reporting ADHD symptoms. As players arrived in training camps with medications in-hand they request- ed exemptions from required drug testing for amphetamines due to their previously obtained ADHD diagno- ses. Having endured the steroid era of unfair drug-enhanced performance,
Integrated Care for ADHD
MLB faced a dilemma regarding the validity of these claims of ADHD and whether exceptions from substance-use monitoring were warranted. Further, they did not want to be associated with the abuse of controlled substances. Their solution was to require objective
adult ADHD evaluations by recognized professionals in psychiatry/psychology using evidence-based assessment tools to determine the validity of each play- er’s diagnosis and need for medication.
 This dilemma is not unique to Major League Baseball players. Most primary care physicians face this ques- tion on at least a weekly basis where adult patients or parents of children and adolescents request medication to improve performance in work, school, marriages, etc. Balancing the concerns/ symptom reports of patients with verification of a valid diagnosis can conflict with increasing consequences. The risks of unwarranted prescribing or abuse of medications are enhanced by the watchful eye of regulatory agencies and related liabilities. An increasing number of physicians have understandably dealt with this dilem- ma by refusing to prescribe stimulant
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