Teens Abusing ADHD Medications

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a commonly diagnosed disorder in young people, especially young boys. Kids with ADHD have a real struggle to face. They have a hard time controlling their impulses. They don’t always behave in socially appropriate ways. They are hyper and can’t sit still or focus, listen to directions or…

Childhood Trauma Misdiagnosed as ADHD

Consider two classroom scenarios: In the first, a teacher struggles to calm and reengage her class after the repeated disruptions of a student who cannot remain seated. He behaves impulsively—flipping over his desk and knocking books and papers out of other students’ hands—despite consequences (being removed from the reward system, being sent to the principal’s…

Substance Use Disorder Plus ADHD Increases Risky Behavior

Substance use disorder and ADHD are two health conditions known for their ability to increase affected individuals’ involvement in unusually risky behavior. People diagnosed with ADHD have statistically increased chances of developing substance use disorder at some point in their lifetimes. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol…

Focused and Productive, But at What Price?

Also known as cognitive enhancers or neuroenhancing drugs, work-performance enhancing drugs are amphetamine cocktails such as Ritalin, Adderall and Modafinil. Originally intended for the management of conditions such as ADHD and narcolepsy, these concentrated stimulants help to improve focus and concentration while diminishing appetite and the need for sleep. Because they allow the user to…

Do ADHD Meds Lead to Addiction?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly treated with medications that contain amphetamine or some other powerful stimulant. For some time, doctors and researchers have been attempting to find out if children who take these medications have increased risks for abusing drugs or alcohol when they reach adulthood. According to the results of an unusually long-term study…