Troubling Facts About Adderall
Adderall is an amphetamine-based drug used primarily to help persons with ADHD to focus. However, it is often used incorrectly by others who enjoy the increased energy and sense of well-being that it can bring. It’s not uncommon for students, truck drivers, or other people who need to stay up for long periods of time to use it illicitly. Here is, however, a few facts about Adderall which support why you shouldn’t.
Adderall is addictive.
Like many drugs, frequent use can lead to dependence (addiction) and tolerance. Tolerance means that more of the drug is needed to achieve the same effect than when previously used. Withdrawal symptoms may occur upon cessation, and may include a wide range of very unpleasant physical and mental effects. For this reason, many people who are trying to quit Adderall may end up relapsing, in attempt to avoid withdrawal symptoms caused by detoxification.
If you do not have ADHD, you will respond differently to the drug that someone else who does.
You need to be diagnosed by a physician or mental health professional before taking this medication. There is a range of symptoms that must exist before ADHD can be diagnosed. One of the scariest facts about Adderall is that it is so often used by persons who do not have ADHD, for which it is medically indicated.
If Adderall gets you high, you probably do not have ADHD.
Research shows that persons who are predisposed to get high on stimulants are less likely to have the ADHD genes. Moreover, if you really enjoy taking stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, you probably shouldn’t be taking them in the first place.
Stimulants such as Adderall do not really help children with academics.
Generally speaking, stimulants can help people focus. However, research does not show any cognitive improvement in ADHD youth taking medication than those who do not.
Adderall does not increase (and may impair) creative abilities.
Recently, a study involving young adults determined that Adderall only helped with creative tasks when the subject was considered “low performing”. However, persons who generally performed well without Adderall had no change or actually showed a decrease in creativity.
Alcohol and Adderall do not mix well.
Illicit users of Adderall often take it for the euphoric effects. Thus, they go out, stay up late, and party. This often includes alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, drinking on Adderall (even a normal dose) increases the risk of heart problems and other physical ailments.
While sudden death cases are rare, they can occur.
Persons who have heart complications can have a severe reaction to Adderall, thus causing heart attack and/or death. Vigorous exercise is another potentially hazardous activity while taking stimulants. This is one of the least known, but most terrifying facts about Adderall.
Stimulant abuse can lead to mental illness and/or psychosis.
This may include auditory or visual hallucinations, delusions, false perceptions, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and suicidal ideations. For those with existing mental illnesses, stimulants may ultimately exacerbate them.