Reply To: just diagnosed at 36.

Penny Williams

It’s true that stimulant medications to treat ADHD can increase anxiety. However, that is not a given for everyone.

Often, those with troublesome, long-term anxiety and/or depression find that both get a lot better when their ADHD is treated. Untreated ADHD can cause a great deal of anxiety and depression.

Adderall is an amphetamine-based stimulant. There are also methylphenidate-based stimulants (Ritalin, Concerta, etc…). While I don’t think there’s any scientific evidence of this, I do see a lot of folks say the amphetamines increase anxiety more than methylphenidates. And it seems methylphenidates are more difficult to abuse and become addicted.

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