With all the passive-aggressive business of the medical industry and the subtle talons of the government controlling, there is a lot to wonder as to why it is now, that so many children and adults (about 4.4 million in USA) are being diagnosed with ADHD symptoms and are running around with prescriptions for their prescribed and recommended Adderall dosage. It wasn't such a grave issue whilst your grandparents were back in their younger days and not diagnosed with half the disorders, that are now slapped on people's faces like labels that don't seem to come off.
Adderall set its greasy foot in the market as a weight-loss drug called Obetrol. But they had to take it off as it was terribly addictive. Then, it came (same stuff, amphetamine dextroamphetamine under a different name, as a psycho-stimulant medication prescribed by doctors for children diagnosed with ADHD and narcolepsy. It acts in the brain by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. It may be recommended for adults.
But children, with their tender, growing bodies don't need an added dysfunction of a vicious chemical drug as addictive as cocaine, which interferes with normal functioning and growth of the mind and the body. Adderall probably gives very good results for a quite a while, where you look with wide-eyed wonder and say- "Wow, this most certainly works!" only to later realize that it gives rise to a lot of side effects that surface as long-term consequences. And then you go around spending another fortune on buying other prescription drugs in order to treat those. Quite a dangerous circle!
An extended use of this drug can result into cardiovascular problems, psychotic episodes, hallucinations, brain hemorrhage, ticks and tremors, headaches, irritability and depression, lack of appetite, lack of sleep, and severe anxiety. And all these further make the whole world askew for a child. A lot of deaths have been recorded due to its abuse. If you drink, you must know that its combination with alcohol isn't the wisest combination if you're looking for a sound mind in a sound body.
Some children taking Adderall have said to have extremely dangerous situations where they saw spiders and bugs crawling all over or snakes and other hallucinations of the like. Can be terribly frightful for a child!
Sometimes, people taking this medicine might develop an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety, as was noted in an 8 year-old boy. An intake of vitamin B6 supplements of 200 mg for the first week and then 100 mg later, reduced the symptoms of the OCD and anxiety.
Eat Proper and Be Merrier
There are various causes for ADHD, and mainly due to improper nutrition: excess sugar, refined flour, processed foods containing various harmful additives (such as MSG) and colors, various pollutants that come by way of the water you drink, or the air you breathe.
Lack of magnesium and vitamin B has been associated with a lot of mental disorders, inability to focus in your daily activities, and problems with sleep. So, make sure you eat foods that are rich in magnesium and also foods that are rich in vitamin B sufficient to your body requirements.
Eat carbohydrates that come in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods, and not the ones that turn into sugar and send you on a bumpy ride with your energy levels and moods.
Some natural remedies are brahmi, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, green oats, and Siberian ginseng, which stimulate you into wakefulness without the dreadful side effects. Caffeine in moderation works fine too. So an ADHD diet seems like a much healthier option.
Adderall for Adults
In case of adults who still do think that they've probably landed themselves in a desperate situation, where they aren't able to cope with daily work or situations, and are getting a bit much around people, the average dosage is 20 milligrams once in a day, and most preferably in the morning, as it is a stimulant and can bring about insomnia if taken much later in the day (especially in the evening). It is prescribed by doctors, and you can make use of a dosage chart. But definitely do not use it for children, even though it may claim to be safe for children under 6 years of age.
Children who are labeled with disorders and prescribed Adderall dosage, venture into that sticky path of dependency on the drug and drug abuse at a very early age, are not able to perform well or study without it, have an entirely dilapidated self-confidence, and find it extremely difficult to think for themselves, even as growing adults. They aren't able to function normally then, and end up being very self-destructive and upsetting their individual being and that of those around them.
Despite what the medical industry defines as a disorder, and the government goes about endorsing it and its so-called treatment in schools as a compulsory law to diagnose every child, and then goes around placing psychiatrists everywhere, pretending to "treat" your child if diagnosed with whatever pseudo-scientific label of a disorder he's been slapped on and you're frowningly and naively believing in; by the end of it, their clear and obvious solution for your child is a special school or a special this or that and treatments with prescription drugs and Adderall dosage, where the parents begin to shell out more money as taxpayers. A school district that has more children diagnosed with ADHD gets more funds and the parents get paid extra too, which I think is a bit more than hideous!
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.