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What are the Health Consequences of Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription stimulant used for the treatment of attention disorders and narcolepsy. Rates of Adderall abuse, particularly among students, has skyrocketed in the past decade. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine; two substances that act directly on the brain and central nervous system. Overtime, the changes that stimulants like Adderall create in the brain and body can be drastic and lead to major health consequences.

Stimulants like Adderall are habit-forming and can easily lead to addiction, even when they are taken as prescribed. Adderall is generally abused for its ability to boost energy and attention, as well as increase focus. However, after these initial effects end, the resulting symptoms are quite the opposite and can include, but are not limited to, fatigue, depression, lethargy, irritability, and inability to concentrate. When abused, Adderall can cause increased blood pressure and dangerous changes in heart rhythm. Adderall is often abused for its ability to suppress appetite, which can lead to malnourishment and unsafe weight loss.

In the long-term, the effects on the brain and body are much more hazardous. Depression, anger, paranoia, and anxiety can all result from chronic Adderall abuse. Adderall abuse can bring out latent mental disorders and exacerbate current psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. In some cases, Adderall abuse can create entirely new psychological disorders. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Although most adult patients also use amphetamines effectively and safely, occasional case reports indicate that prescription use can produce marked psychological adverse events, including stimulant-induced psychosis.” Stimulant psychosis is a major psychological concern, as it mirrors the symptoms of schizophrenia and can lead to unintended harm to the user and others. Adderall, like other stimulants, can cause physical and psychological dependence. The strength of stimulant addiction generally warrants professional treatment and counseling to address both the physical dependence and the psychological addiction in order to prevent relapse. It’s important to keep in mind that chronic stimulant abuse can create major depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, and mood swings. If these symptoms are to be avoided, professional support and monitoring is necessary.

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