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Why are stimulants not ideal for treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Stimulants aren't ideal because they can be:

  • Addictive. Stimulants are controlled substances. That means they can be misused. Some adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have substance abuse problems or had them in the past.
  • Hard to remember to take. Short-acting types of stimulants (versus long-acting) may wear off quickly. Since people with ADHD can have trouble with forgetfulness, remembering to take them several times a day can be a challenge.
  • Hard to time. If people choose to stop taking them in the evening, they can have a hard time focusing to do housework, pay bills, help children with homework, or drive. But if they do take them later in the day, they may be tempted to use alcohol or other things "to relax."

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Adult ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)."

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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