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Prescription Drug Abuse in Adults with Misdiagnosed ADHD

Prescription Drug Abuse in Adults with Misdiagnosed ADHDWe live in a fast-paced world, and many adults and children alike are now diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses are often self-diagnosed, or diagnosed within one or two visits with a general practice physician or psychiatrist. When ADHD diagnoses are made quickly, it may be easy to miss potential cues in patients. For this reason, ADHD misdiagnoses are common and can lead to trouble.

Stimulant Drug Dependence: A Hard Cycle to Break

Some adults use stimulant drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Focalin as a way to focus on tedious tasks and maintain rigorous work schedules. These drugs may provide temporary relief from monotonous work or tasks and bring a burst of energy, but they often result in a cycle of dependency that is very difficult to break.

Do any of the following symptoms sound familiar? If so, you may be facing a problem with prescription drug abuse:

  • You feel anxious when you are unable to obtain your prescription drug
  • Loved ones have mentioned your stimulant drug use to you
  • You have used more of this drug than you planned in the past
  • You have made impulsive decisions while taking this medication
  • You try to quit or cut back but find that things keep “popping up” that keep you from quitting
  • You use the drug against doctor’s orders or change your dose without consulting your doctor
  • You mix this drug with other substances
  • You use this drug to self-medicate depression, anxiety, or other issues

Stimulant Drug Withdrawal

Many adults who have taken ADHD medications for many years have a difficult time after deciding to quit these medications. Many people experience uncomfortable withdrawal issues when quitting ADHD drugs. If withdrawal symptoms have impacted your ability to stop using stimulants, you may want to consider a medically-supervised detox. A medically supervised detox program can help you to stop using these medications safely and with less discomfort, all while under the care of a licensed nurse or doctor.

Illnesses and Mental Health Conditions That Look Similar to ADHD

There are many illnesses and health conditions that can mimic the symptoms of ADHD. Please be aware of these conditions and talk with your medical provider to rule them out:

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression, particularly atypical depression
  • Bipolar mania and bipolar disorder
  • Heart conditions
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Tumors, particularly brain tumors

Drug Dependence and Addiction Help

You don’t have to struggle alone if you or someone you love is suffering with drug dependence or addiction. We offer a toll-free helpline that is available at all hours, seven days a week to help you learn more about ADHD diagnoses, medically assisted detox, support programs, family counseling, and even insurance coverage for addiction treatment. All of our phone services are confidential and free to you. Call us to learn more about how we can help you.