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What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Adderall  Abuse
August 06, 2022

Adderall is a synthetic drug that regulates the central nervous system; this drug is mainly used to cure diseases like narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder, which is also termed OCD (Obsessions are urges, images, and intrusive which also cause stress and anxiety), compulsive thoughts and actions are one such reason of OCD. However, Adderall is the drug used to treat obsessive disorders in the body and is one of the biggest examples of OCD disorder.

Adderall is a stimulant that increases serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine levels. These neurotransmitters in the brain calm and relax you so you can focus better. It also impacts sleep in various ways. However may be why the drug drives drowsiness in some while, not in others, also known to be OCD mental illness. As dopamine is a happy hormone, it triggers pleasure and happiness, just like Adderall shows its effect on the body. 

OCD is a sign of compulsive disorder

  • Complete Obsessions – where an undesirable, invasive, and often painful thought or incident appears as memory or urge that repeatedly enters your mind.
  • Emotions – The addiction causes a feeling of intense anxiety or distress which also leads to depression.
  • Compulsions – Behaviour Repetition or mental actions that someone with OCD endures driven to act due to the stress and distress caused by too much focus on something.

The obsessive conduct temporarily reduces the stress, but the obsession, fear, and stress soon return, forcing the process to form again. Moreover, It's possible to have obsessive thoughts or compulsions, but most individuals with OCD experience both.

Patients with Adderall abuse face the following:

Obsessive thoughts most individuals have undesirable or unwanted signs of OCD.

Some viewpoints at some point, such as memories, thinking they may have forgotten to switch off the home lights, kept their pet alone at home, or even sudden unwelcome violent or offensive mental images. Hence, if someone has a consistent, unpleasant thought that dominates thinking to the extent it interrupts other thoughts, one may have an obsession.

Some common obsessions that affect people with OCD symptoms include:

  • Fear of deliberately harming themselves or others – For instance, Fear you may harm someone else, such as your close people or objects such as pets, or vandalising home appliances.
  • Fear of harming self or others by mistake – for example, fear of killing someone with your wrongdoing and placements of objects such as electric appliances and wires left open near water.

Compulsive behaviour is anything that tends an individual to do things repeatedly.

For example, an individual who worries about contamination with germs may wash their hands frequently. Hence an individual who fears hurting their home may want to repeat an action to "balance" the thought repeatedly. However, individuals with OCD mental illness acknowledge that such compulsive behaviour is illogical and makes no logical sense.

Some of the signs of OCD:

  • Repeated hand washing even if the hands are not dirty.
  • Checking – Such as checking doors are locked so that no lights are on
  • Counting money, rigorously
  • Ordering and arranging
  • hoarding
  • Asking for reassurance
  • Repeating words in their head
  • thinking "neutralising" thoughts to counter the obsessive thoughts
  • Avoiding places and situations that could start obsessive thoughts

Not all obsessive behaviours will be obvious to other individuals. It may vary from person to person.

How To Stop Adderall Abuse And Addiction?

Adderall is a powerful and compulsive stimulant known as pep pills, uppers, and black beauties as it develops speed. Mostly consumed by crushing the tablet. It is mainly given to the patient as prescribed medication by the doctor to treat narcolepsy, an extreme state of mind that causes daytime sleepiness, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. Moreover, Adderall is a schedule 2 restricted drug and is only given by prescription by the doctor.

A study conducted in 2018 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services estimated that about 5 million people aged 12 and over, or about 2% of the people of the United States, Misused prescription stimulants during the previous year. (This category includes Adderall, as well as other stimulants.) Hence it is typically not advised to stop consuming a drug such as Adderall, also known as a “cold turkey,” or unexpectedly, which may cause discomfiting withdrawal side effects. Instead, withdrawing it slow and steady taper, or weaning-off period, under medical supervision is assumed to be more desirable. However, to fully stop substance abuse disorder treatment and addiction, it should be under the doctor's supervision as this may result in side effects.

Some compulsive behaviour symptoms are caused by withdrawal.

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Heart Pulsations
  • Drug craving Problem
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble focusing

How Do You Know If Adderall Abuse Is Affecting Your Life?

Some individuals use drugs to upsurge their careers; certain drugs and medications are usually taken to fight stress, excel in their careers, and retain more information, such as Sports to enhance their physical performance(Body Building).

To stay successful in a stressful career, Adderall abuse is one drug to help eliminate the effect on performance for a certain period.

Some symptoms of Adderall abuse during withdrawal.

  • Heart attack or stroke increases heart damage risk.
  • Roughly scratching the skin during hallucinations
  • Trouble in breathing
  • Malnutrition
  • Mood disturbances
  • Ulcers
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Behavioural disturbances like addiction
  • Harmful psychosis (Toxic)

How to Start Addiction Treatment, Treatment of Adderall Abuse

Detoxification: It is mainly the first process in dealing with the recovery of an addiction to de-addiction. In 80% of cases, clinics or doctors prescribe medication for the cleansing of the body system, which is influenced by drug abuse according to the mental health and drug abuse (SAMHSA)

Medication: Medical appliances and devices treat withdrawal symptoms or deliver skills training. Evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and stress. The long follow-up to control compulsive disorder.

Maintaining abstinence: Knowing the triggers that may occur during relapse and developing a healthy lifestyle and behaviours can help recovery. Avoiding all kinds of drugs from life and temptations.

Advance recovery: It is a form of recovery based on science and research. Cognitive approach therapy enables a person to come out from addiction effectively.

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