Dr Oz: Supermoms & ADHD Drugs
What do you know about Attention Deficit Disorder and its cousin Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? ADD & ADHD have become prevalent diagnoses in America over the last few decades, and these disorders are most often treated with medication.
But as so often happens, these drugs sometimes end up in the wrong hands. Prescription medications such as Ritalin and Adderall are given to treat ADHD and ADD in children and adults. But today’s Dr. Oz audience was filled with moms who take these medications for another reason.
These women use the drugs to give themselves more energy and focus throughout the day, helping them to be Supermoms to their children and keep up with the responsibilities of managing a family. Other unintended side effects include weight loss, and one woman said she has lost 30 pounds by taking ADD medication.
Dr Oz: ADHD Drug Abuse
The question Dr Oz explored today is whether this misuse of prescription medication is safe. Why is this even a question? America has a problem with abusing many types of prescription drugs, in addition to an over-reliance on pills. I expect Dr. Oz will reveal horrifying medical consequences, and the women will be shocked.
Drugs including Methylin, Adderall, and Ritalin are among the most popular ADHD drugs, because they can help you lose weight. Just like any other drug dependent population, these moms will go to great lengths to get their hands on the goods.
They are lying to doctors and even stealing medicine from their own children. If you thought the ADHD diagnoses were out of control before, you will be amazed to hear that ADD prescriptions have increased by 750% in recent years.
Doctor Oz: Adderall Moms
Here is what some of the moms in the audience had to say about their Adderall habits.
- Amber is one of the women who reaps the benefits of Adderall, saying that it has helped her overcome being scatterbrained. Now she said she has more energy and can focus on getting through her day.
- Lucy said she used to be forgetful, but she started taking Adderall in recent months and said it makes her feel in control of her life.
- Nina explained that she feels weak and sluggish if she skips taking Adderall for a day, and she can’t imagine having to live without it.
- Dana has been taking Adderall for 12 years, and she’s the woman who lost 30 pounds. She credits the drugs with her professional and personal successes.
Confidential to Dana: losing 30 pounds over 12 years isn’t that impressive. Also, shouldn’t women like Dana be concerned about outing themselves as prescription drug abusers on television? That can’t be good for your professional success.
Dr Oz: ADD Drugs & Metabolism
Here is how these drugs affect the body. Dr. Oz explained that your stomach typically digests food quickly, but Adderall and similar drugs shut down your digestive process, making you feel full, which keeps you from eating more. This is a drastic change from how your stomach is supposed to operate.
Meanwhile, in the brain, these medicines stimulate the neurons. Among the effects are that your body will begin burning fat cells to make up for the decline in your appetite and food intake.
That’s not all. The drugs can also have an impact on your heart or lungs, causing blood vessels to go haywire and even potentially causing a Heart Attack or Stroke.
Dr Oz: ADHD Medication Side Effects
ADHD medication can also have an effect on your sleeping habits and mood, possibly leading to depression. Taking these medicines when you don’t have ADD or ADHD won’t give you long lasting effects, in spite of Dana’s results.
Psychoanalyst Dr. Mike Dow said that people enjoy the effects of Ritalin and Adderall because they release Serotonin in the brain, a hormone that makes you feel good. But as your body gets used to the drug, it takes more and more to achieve the same effects.
This is textbook addiction, just like you’d see with alcohol or street drugs. Other unintended consequences of abusing these drugs, according to Dr. Dow, include development of eating disorders.
He said that housewives turn to these drugs for non-medical reasons, such as weight loss. Psychologist Dr. Janet Taylor said the problem doesn’t solely affect women, adding that men and women will present bogus symptoms in attempts at doctor shopping for prescription pills.
Jackie Warner, a fitness professional, said that Adderall is popular with celebrities, and has created an unprecedented epidemic.
Doctor Oz: ADHD Pill Abuse Symptoms Quiz
This abuse is also detrimental to people actually struggling with ADHD & ADD. Do you have a problem with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Here are some questions you can ask yourself.
- Do you often have trouble remembering details?
- Do you tend to get distracted when people are talking?
- Do you routinely start projects but never finish them?
If you’re answering yes to a lot of these questions, you might want to ask your doctor about being evaluated for ADHD.
Don’t you find it suspicious that they gave us these symptoms in the same segment that they complained about people faking their symptoms?
Dr Oz: ADHD Medication Alternatives
Jackie Warner said exercise is a natural way to release Serotonin in your body and give yourself more energy. It could even reduce or eliminate your dependence on medication.
Dr. Mike Dow said that foods such as lean protein or leafy greens can also help you get more Serotonin. Even blasting your favorite music while cleaning the house can give you a boost.