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Signs of Adderall Addiction
"I am in my mid-30s and believe I may have an Adderall addiction. I look forward to taking the next day's dosage and get moody after it wears off. If I accidentally skip a dose, I get a "mini" anxiety attack."
Any stimulant medication has the potential of causing addiction, but not at the doses used for ADHD when monitored by a physician. Used properly, there is minimal to no likelihood that you would become physiologically addicted to Adderall.
Once you learn how much these medications help, it might be possible to be psychologically worried that you'll have problems if you go off the medication. This is not addiction. You should discuss your concerns more with your physician.
Addiction to any drug is a serious concern. To find out more about how addiction affects us, check out:
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.