ADHD Medication

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The Abuse of ADHD Medication
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological, behavioral disorder that affects children. In fact Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that is over diagnosed. Thousands of children who do not have the disorder are diagnosed with it each year. Furthermore, not only children are being misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but also adults. An alarming number of parents are deceiving medical personnel to receive prescription ADHD medication. Medicines such as Adderall and Ritalin are used to treat the disorder. On a child with ADHD, these medications help calm the child. On an adult who does not have the disorder the medication gives them extreme energy or a high.
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In addition the short term side effects are just as risky. Short term side effects include headaches, moodiness, trouble sleeping and tics. Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medication are relatively new. Adderall was first approved by the FDA in 1996. The long term side effects of Adderall, Ritalin and others have yet to be studied. Nonetheless the severity of the addictive abilities of ADHD medicines have been constantly overlooked. ADHD medications contain amphetamines which are extremely addictive. Which leads to the abuse of the medications. Furthermore, once addicted to ADHD medications users have been known to take up fifteen pills a day. When used in large amounts these medications can cause fever, confusion, and hyperactivity. However, these are not of the worse of the effects of abusing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity medication. Medications such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin also can cause severe side effects when abused such as hallucinations, fast breathing, muscle pains and extreme changes in blood pressure. Abuse of ADHD medications can lead users relying on dialysis for the rest of their lives (Drugs.com, 2014). In grim instances the addiction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medications can lead to death. In fact, there are over 3,000 emergency visits each year due to overdosing on drugs used for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

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