Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts thousands of lives every year. This disorder is characterized by the inability to concentrate, problems controlling behavior, excessive activity, and uncontrolled outbursts. These symptoms are extremely disruptive to the person suffering from it and the people around them. Fortunately, doctors and scientists have come up with a few viable treatments for this disorder. One of these treatments is a medication called Adderall.
In people suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder, taking Adderall helps to calm them, improves concentration, and controls the outburst. All of these are excellent reasons to take it. Unfortunately, it is also addictive and sometimes dangerous. The problems start when the person who is prescribed Adderall either begins to take it when they do not need it or gives it to those who are not diagnosed with this disorder. So why does this happen?
Some People Believe it Improves Performance
Although it can improve concentration for a short period of time, Adderall is only an amphetamine. This means that the improvements are very temporary and the only serious positive effect of taking it if you do not suffer from a disorder is increase energy.
It Does Increase Energy
Like caffeine and other stimulants, Adderall can temporarily increase your energy levels. This increase in energy can be a short term benefit. If you are trying to stay up late or trying to remain awake after a long night, Adderall does decrease how tired you feel. Unfortunately, when it wears off you experience a crash. This crash is severe. You will feel extremely tired, irritable, and generally horrible. You may be unable to wake up or keep from falling asleep. These feelings can produce anxiety and depression.
Adderall Causes you to Lose Weight
Like all amphetamines, Adderall causes you to lose weight. This weight loss like many of the other effects of Adderall is only temporary. Once you stop taking the Adderall, you will rapidly regain the weight. If you continue to take the Adderall, you will begin to become emaciated or anorexic. Many of those who suffer from Adderall addiction look skeletal, have poor skin, and generally look unhealthy.
Adderall is Highly Addictive
In small doses those suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, are greatly benefited by the effects of Adderall. In larger uncontrolled doses, it is very easy to become addicted to Adderall. If you take it and do not have a disorder that the Adderall is controlling, it is far easier to find yourself an Adderall addict.
Anyone who takes large doses of Adderall will find themselves prone to the more serious side effects of the drug. Adderall causes:
- Heart conditions
These are only a few of the dangers of Adderall. There are many more. This is why if you are addicted to Adderall it is so important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The longer that you wait, the more severe the side effects may become.