Do Not Use ADHD Medications as an Energy Booster
Both children and adults are affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a mental disorder in which people have difficulty concentrating, being organized, paying attention to details, etc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 11 percent of children in America between the ages of 4 and 17 have ADHD. Four percent of adults suffer from the disorder as well.
Although these percentages are significant, only about one-third of those diagnosed will receive treatment via medication or therapy. Popular medications to help treat the disorder include Ritalin and Adderall. These medications also happen to be addictive and used for purposes other than treating ADHD.
There are more prescriptions written for ADHD medication than there are diagnoses. People are acquiring theses prescriptions and taking the medication in order to help them stay up later, work longer hours and get a boost of energy. To some people, popping one of these pills is equivalent to having an energy drink.
However, most don’t realize that this is not something that should be considered normal or without harm. These medications can have harmful side effects, like nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness and irritability. If taken on a regular basis, one can also become addicted.
Unless medically necessary, people should stay away from ADHD medications.