ADHD and Amphetamine Abuse

ADHD and Amphetamine AbuseAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavior disorder most often diagnosed in children, although adults can also be diagnosed. ADHD is marked by several symptoms related to movement and concentration. Some symptoms of ADHD in children include the following:

  • Inability to pay attention
  • Inability to focus
  • Inability to follow directions
  • Constant movement or fidgeting
  • Impulsiveness
  • Daydreaming
  • Inability to play quietly
  • Inability to wait his or her turn
  • Blurting out answers before a question is completely asked
  • Interrupting others

While these symptoms show themselves in small measures in most children, it is the intensity and frequency of these behaviors that lead to a clinical diagnosis. In adults ADHD manifests itself differently, but the core issues related to attention and movement remain the same. Some symptoms of ADHD in adults include the following:

  • Poor time management
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Inability to set and complete goals
  • Chronic lateness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Procrastination
  • Inability to keep a job

In some cases adult ADHD leads addiction. Some of the drugs used to treat ADHD are addictive, while the habit of using and the impulsiveness related to ADHD can lead to experimenting with other substances.

How Is ADHD Related to the Use of Amphetamines?

ADHD is often treated in a multifaceted way, including the use of stimulants like amphetamines. While amphetamines normally cause hyperactivity in the average person, the drugs actually react differently in people with ADHD, causing a calming effect. Amphetamines allow a person with ADHD to focus because the chemicals in the drug interact with the chemicals in the brain related to the ability to focus.

Does ADHD Make Individuals More Susceptible to Amphetamine Abuse?

If the drugs are taken in the form and dosage prescribed by a doctor, an individual with ADHD will not become addicted to amphetamines. However, when a person takes more of the drug than prescribed or takes amphetamines more often than prescribed, he or she is at an increased risk for addiction. This underscores the importance of treating ADHD with amphetamines only under the direct and ongoing supervision of a qualified medical professional who can monitor progress and look for any symptoms of dependency.

Treatment for Co-Occurring ADHD and Amphetamine Abuse

Treatment for amphetamine abuse in a person with ADHD is more complicated because the withdrawal symptoms can intensify ADHD behaviors. Withdrawal symptoms of amphetamine addiction include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Loss of coordination
  • Panic attacks
  • Shaking and seizures

Because these symptoms can make ADHD worse, seek medical attention for the treatment of amphetamine addiction. Detoxing takes time and should be done under the care of professionals trained in dealing with co-occurring disorders.

Getting Help for Amphetamine Addiction

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