Dr Oz: Adderall Abuse – The Dangerous Diet Craze Sweeping America

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.

Dr Oz: ADD Medication

ADD & ADHD medication can be helpful when needed, but are frequently abused.

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.

Read about Kevin Sorbo’s Stroke Survival Story.

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.

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Pat Howard is a writer from St. Louis. He was born with a remote control in his hand, and is grateful to finally have a haven at Recapo for his pathological love of daytime television.

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1 Comment

  • Dawn Christian

    I started taking this about 3 years ago. Took it initially. For first time to see what it did to my son. I have Add was diagnosed as a teen. I never took meds. This 25 mg pill made me High!! Mind you this is a dose given to a child who weighs 95lbs. I weighed 215 lbs. I was hooked first time.. I lost major weight got down to 132 lbs. I’m 6 foot tall. I was in Love with this stuff. Sound good? NO! I QUIT SLEEPING WENT 6 DAYS ON 2 HRS SLEEP. FELT LIKE BUGS WERE CRAWLING ALL OVER ME! I spent $20k in 3 months on cleaning stuff and bug bombs. I was convinced we had Bed Bugs!! I took more and more pills to keep the high. I had psychosis. From not sleeping. Then I started Drinking to sleep. I almost lost my family, and my life if my mom had not come to help I would be Dead! She. Found my pills and locked me in a room for 5 days. SLEPT WHOLE TIME! BEEN OFF IT FOR 2 YEARS NOW I CANT REMEMBER MOST OF 2 ND YEAR ON THAT DRUG. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT. IT MAKES PEOPLE NUTS. I GAINED 70 LBS IN 3 MONTHS AFTER. GOING OFF BECAUSE I HAD NOT EATEN IN AN ENTIRE YEAR. I WILL NEVER TAKE IT EVER AGAIN. GIVE ME SCATTER BRAINS ANY DAY I NEVER WANT TO BE THAT NUTS AGAIN

     
 

 

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