Why You Shouldn’t Rush to Diagnose ADHD

Why You Shouldn't Rush to Diagnose ADHD

It may seem like your child has ADHD, but it is also common for excessive energy to be mistaken for this disease

One of the most commonly diagnosed emotional or mental conditions is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While this condition can affect people of any age, it is often first recognized in childhood. New medications have been developed, including amphetamine salts sold under the brand names Adderall and Ritalin, that help individuals with ADHD manage their symptoms. Many people rush to have their children, or themselves, diagnosed as ADHD so that they can get their hands on the associated medication. Unfortunately, millions of people push to get a diagnosis from their doctor, whether they suffer from ADHD symptoms or not. As a result, amphetamine addiction is currently at an all time high in the US and is trending upward.

How ADHD Medication Works

Amphetamine, which is a potent stimulant, has a counter-intuitive effect when used as a medication for ADHD. When taken by people who actually suffer from this condition these “uppers” have a calming and focusing effect. When used by people who do not have ADHD, however, the drugs have a powerfully stimulating effect that can last for days. Its effects include the ability to focus attention for hours, the ability to retain large amounts of information, a reduction in the need for sleep and appetite suppression. This causes the drug to be abused commonly on college campuses as a study aid or by people working in high-pressure workplaces.

Abusers of Ritalin develop a tolerance to its effects very quickly. This causes them to need larger and more frequent doses in order to feel the desired effects. With the price of illicit Adderall rising significantly, many addicts turn to the less expensive meth amphetamine to satisfy their addiction. Long-term abuse can be life threatening in many ways, including the increased possibility of overdose or interaction problems.

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It may seem like your child has ADHD, and he or she may, but it is also common for kids to have excessive energy that may be mistaken for this disease. Don’t rush to have your kids, or yourself, diagnosed with this disease. By the same token, if you truly worry that you might have ADHD, don’t put off treatment. If left untreated this condition can cause deep personal pain and frustration.

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