ADD ADHD and Drug Abuse? — ADD Tip o the Day 408

I’m confused, maybe more so than usual.  There’s a lot of contradictory information about ADD and ADHD and abuse of stimulants, ritalin, adderall, other amphetamines, etc.

1. If children with ADD or ADHD are treated with meds, it lowers their risk of abusing drugs later. – This makes very good sense to me, especially since we ADDers have increased risk of substance abuse; however, recent research questions this but does show that it does not increase risk. I question this research.

2. People on stimulants who actually have ADD or ADHD rarely abuse or misuse them.  – This seems less true in college now, where patients are sharing or selling their meds, but otherwise still accurate.

3.  Many people without ADD or ADHD are abusing stimulants to improve their performance. – I continue to have doubts that it actually does this improvement, though it will help you stay awake during an all nighter, if you think that will be helpful.  But there are increasing stories of parents requesting these meds to help their undergraduate, even grade school, kids to compete. This is scary.

research on risk         clik

extremely complicated and partially fallacious post – read with care   clik

maybe more later?


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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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