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Adderall is a combined form of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that can be used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy (a sleep disorder), and for other purposes that require a stimulant medication.
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant that comes in two forms:
The IR version will result in stimulant effects that can last 4-6 hours, and the XR version typically produces effects lasting about 12 hours. Adderall has significant medicinal uses; however, it is a drug that does carry a significant risk for abuse and the development of physical dependence. As such, it is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The drugs in this classification are tightly controlled and can only be legally obtained with a prescription from a physician due to their potential for abuse.
An individual who is suspected of abusing Adderall would be formally diagnosed with a stimulant use disorder. This is a serious mental health disorder that most often requires formal intervention. The signs of a stimulant use disorder as a result of Adderall abuse are outlined below.
Anyone who displays two or more of the above signs may have a formal SUD. Anyone suspected of having an SUD should consult with a mental health clinician. l
These disorders do not remit by themselves; most often, they require targeted interventions.
There are some other signs that might occur in addition to the ones listed above. Often, the signs below are observed before a person notices the more telling signs listed above. These include:
An obvious danger of abusing any drug is the development of a formal SUD. Individuals who develop SUDs are also at risk to be diagnosed with some other mental health disorder.
Research studies, such as one published in the American Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, note that the abuse of drugs like Adderall can lead to some other serious potential consequences. These include:
The development of a substance use disorder as a result of Adderall abuse is a serious issue. Treatment for these disorders should only be delivered by licensed, trained, mental health clinicians.
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