According to the data published by Shire Plc1, maker of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyanse), adults compromised 53 percent of the 63 million drug prescriptions filed in 2014, a percentage that overtakes the amount of children receiving prescriptions for these drugs. This is a staggering increase, considering that adults accounted for 39 percent of prescriptions for ADHD in 2007.
The shift in composition is mainly due to the persistence of disorders in adults. Also, parents of children with ADHD – which causes impulsive behavior, distorted focus, and restlessness – are also diagnosed with awareness that the condition can be inherited.
It should also be noted that millennials diagnosed with the condition in the 90s are now classified as adults, and the condition doesn’t automatically resolve when children enter adulthood. Therefore, some percentage of adults classified in the ADHD data were previously children who have now grown up.
ADHD symptoms include the following:
· Low level of tolerance
· Frequent anger spans
· Relationship instability
· Frequent distractions
· Lack of focus
With the new stat on ADHD drugs, drug addiction is also a topic of concern. Substance abuse is often correlated to the need of treating the symptoms of a particular condition, such as ADHD. While self-medication feels comfortable, it causes a range of addiction problems which overtime makes lives of individuals difficult.
Starting out as a solution to problems, ADHD drug addiction results in the same symptoms for which it was taken as a remedy in the first place. It may even lead to co-occurring disorders where adults face mental issues along with addiction to the drug.
ADHD addiction in adults may also be caused by factors other than self-medication, but it is usually a combination of factors. Physical problems, family history, genetics, neurochemistry, and life stress may contribute. Adults can also start abusing ADHD drugs for the purpose of improving work performance and combating loneliness.
What are the prevention & remedial measures?
It is important to be aware of remedial measures as drug abuse can take a toll on mental health as well as tear apart the strongest of relationships. Drug addicts are 6.7 times more likely to be hospitalized than people without addictions. Drug addiction can lead to brain dysfunction when the ingredients of the drug are not supplied to the cells that once relied on them.
It’s clear that this is a deadly condition and people who’re suffering need help to speed up their own healing. Detox is one option that can help adults to transition safely2. With the help of drug detox programs, adults can see the process through the end; such treatment measures are designed to last as long as it takes an individual to safely withdraw from specific drug abuse.
Apart from therapy, exercise and diet choices can have a significant impact on addiction symptoms. For example, cross fit increases the hypothalamic functioning, which increases the ability to focus. Likewise, a diet moderate in carbohydrates creates an evenness of energy and reduces mood swings3.
With the help of family members, adults can make behavioral choices that prevent the need to abuse a drug like ADHD.