Adderall & Anxiety
Anxiety can be a difficult thing to define. For many, anxiety can occur as a result of overstimulation – noise, social pressure, conversation, touch, smell, sights and even physical activity can result in the brain becoming overactive and tricking itself into thinking something is wrong. This can result in the so-called ‘fight or flight’ response over the most ordinary situations.
For this reason, prescribing Adderall may seem an unusual treatment for anxiety, and yet it has gained some significant popularity over the past few years – to the point where it is becoming a popular choice for psychiatrists for those with anxiety that may be resistant to ordinary treatments. Initially, Adderall can even increase anxiety and depending on the patient this may even be a permanent effect.
Traditionally used as a psychostimulant for use in ADHD treatments, Adderall is known to release dopamine and norepinephrine into the brain, targeting the user’s cognitive functions, metabolism, and body in general. Users report feelings of relaxation, productivity and focus, and a heightened ability to act in social situations.
This social effect of Adderall may ease your anxiety when confronted by a social situation that would otherwise leave you feeling left out and stuck for anything to say. Willingness to go out and talk to people will quite obviously have a positive effect on your social life, and may prove to be a long term benefit.
Another common result of Adderall is a general boost in positive energy and optimism. This is likely due to the release of dopamine – the so called ‘pleasure chemical’. Users will often feel happier and more optimistic with the world, resulting in more long term positivity and relieve with their anxiety.
That isn’t to say that Adderall and anxiety should cancel each other out, the dangers of taking Adderall as an anxiety sufferer can be quite uncomfortable. For example, despite the positive effects of increased energy and social engagement, incorrect levels of Adderall can cause over-stimulation and therefore worsen the anxiety. It really should be only prescribed by a professional who understands the specifics of a user’s anxiety.
It is also possible for Adderall to become addictive, thanks to its cocaine-like effects. Likewise, it can cause severe ‘crashes’ when it wears off, even at low doses this can be quite devastating for a user. For both of these reasons, Adderall should be considered only if nothing else works – it is all too easy for users to abuse this substance if it is not correctly administered.