Ever have an ‘ADD’ moment?
You’re working on something, concentrating hard, then all of the sudden something or someone causes a break in your focus. You’re suddenly jerked into a totally different train of thought; forgetting whatever it was you were doing previously.
This happens to everyone at some point, and there’s even research suggesting that technology plays a role in our apparent lack of ability to maintain concentration.
But ADD — Attention Deficit Disorder — is a very real condition to around 4% of America’s population, and people with the condition are forced to take Adderall, an amphetamine-based drug to simply help them get through a typical day.
While ADD may be at the butt-end of some jokes, Adderall abuse is becoming a very serious issue. Diagnoses of ADD are going up, and consequently, more and more people are abusing Adderall.
Dr. Linda Mintle says instances of abuse are most prevalent among teens and college-aged students, with the perception being that it’s a harmless drug; a stimulant to help concentrate and study better:
For people with ADHD, the medication can make all the difference in their ability to succeed in a day.
However, we now see a portion of people taking these drugs who do not have a physiological need or a diagnosis. They are taking the drug without a prescription in order to lose weight or improve their focus And those who crush the drug and then inject or snort it, can experience a euphoric high, feel a false sense of self-confidence, and develop a dependency.
Furthermore, taking a drug like Adderall (“Addy”) with no monitoring or diagnosis can produce side effects like dangerously high BP, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, seizures and tremors, and mood disorders. With repeated and high use, there is also a danger of stroke and cognition changes such as confusion, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.
But she also adds that there are some ways to talk to your teens about abuse of this drug, and she recently joined Faith Radio Mornings to share what that is:
Dr. Linda Mintle is a national expert on the psychology of food, weight and body image and relationships. With years of clinical experience in weight loss and eating disorders, she is uniquely qualified to bring sensibility and real help to anyone struggling with weight, eating and body image.