According to Men’s Health contributor, Mike Darling, “millions of Americans have started taking prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall typically prescribed for ADHD, whether they actually need the medications or not.”
Whatever the reason, millions of Americans have started taking prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall. These drugs are typically for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), whether they actually need the medications or not.
The Clinical Neuropsychologist published a study stating that “one in four adults fake the symptoms of ADHD to get diagnosed. In a related MSN poll, 38 percent of primary care physicians suspected patients of lying or exaggerating about ADHD symptoms.”
Why? Well, there are a few theories for incorrectly using these prescription drugs:
1. People Lie – ADHD is only diagnosed on the basis of a clinical interview. Accuracy is difficult to confirm.
2. People Mistake the Symptoms – Inattentiveness, irritability, and anxiety are symptoms of sleep deprivation and cause people to think that they are symptoms of ADHD. This is why it is so important to work with a doctor to accurately define symptoms. The most common symptoms are actually depression and anxiety.
3. People Want an Edge – Many people, especially college students, use ADHD prescription drugs for all-night study sessions and last-minute projects. ADHD medications have a calming effect on patients correctly diagnosed with ADHD while it has the opposite effect on those who are ADHD-free.
If symptoms cause you concern, then consult a doctor. To learn more about the symptoms and the risks of using ADHD prescriptions without ADHD symptoms, click here.