Adderall and Depression: How Adderall Affects Depression
Many people with depression turn to the prescription stimulant Adderall to reduce their negative thoughts and feelings. However, Adderall and depression isn’t an ideal combination. For some, Adderall for depression can result in depressive feelings.
However, the organization also states that about 5 percent of children prescribed Adderall deal with depression after taking the stimulant at recommended doses. The depression can subside upon cessation from Adderall.
Does Adderall cause depression in adults? According to Healthline, adults can experience depression once the effects of Adderall fade. Depression is also an Adderall withdrawal symptom. This means that someone addicted to Adderall can feel depressed if they suddenly stop using it.
Self-medicating with Adderall to reduce symptoms of depression can increase a person’s tolerance to the drug. An increased tolerance can cause people to want to take more of the drug to experience its effects. Abusing Adderall can lead to the development of a substance use disorder.
As of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Adderall as a treatment for depression. Instead, the FDA warns that Adderall can lead to depression. People who deal with depression should speak with their doctor before taking medications to reduce negative feelings.
- A person’s history of taking prescription stimulants
- The existence of additional mental health disorders, like anxiety
- Genetic factors, including a person’s metabolism
While the drug can stimulate the central nervous system, Adderall is addictive and can harm a person’s health. People who abuse the substance can develop a drug addiction.
People with co-occurring disorders that involve Adderall and depression should receive treatment for both disorders. Treating one disorder without addressing the other can impede a person’s chances of reaching recovery.
Treatment for Adderall addiction typically involves inpatient treatment if the substance use disorder is severe. Outpatient rehab may be an effective option for people who are dependent on, but not addicted to, Adderall. Rehab for Adderall addiction and depression usually incorporates psychotherapy and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Depression treatment can involve cognitive behavioral therapy and MAT. Medications used to treat depression include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, like Prozac, and antidepressants. However, some antidepressants are addictive.
- Failing to take Adderall as directed by a doctor can lead to depression
- Adderall is not an FDA-approved treatment for depression
- If you have depression, talk to your doctor about evidence-based treatments for depression
- Co-occurring disorders involving depression and Adderall addiction should be treated simultaneously
If you think that you may deal with an addiction to Adderall, take The Recovery Village’s Adderall self-assessment. This quiz can help you to evaluate your behaviors associated with Adderall use. However, the information provided in the assessment does not replace advice from a medical professional.
To learn how treatment can help you better manage depression and Adderall addiction, contact The Recovery Village. An admissions representative can help you locate treatment that suits your specific needs and talk to you about paying for rehab.
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