MOOD AND ADHD MEDICATION
Many look at medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, better know as ADHD, as a cure all for problems they are dealing with. While it does help many people, others experience new problems that they are not expecting. I would like to share problems that some of the people I work with have experienced.
Adderall and Concerta, drugs commonly prescribed for ADHD are the ones I have seen people experience emotional changes, although there may be others. This stimulant is given to address the symptoms of poor focus and concentration.
Over the years, while not that common, I have worked with enough people to see a pattern when taking these drugs. While some have had issues with being on an emotional roller coaster while on the medication, the major problem I have seen symptoms of depression when stopping the medication.
Currently, I am working with an individual who chose to experiment with stopping her Adderall. The change in her was amazing. But, on three separate occasions, she has taken the medication when a heavy school schedule has caused her to rely on Adderall again. Each time the downward spiral over the next few days has been scary. While she presents with symptoms of depression, she is actually withdrawing from the drug.
I first began to notice this pattern when a teen was referred to me for depression. Her mom was concerned because she often cried all weekend. While she did have some issues that we needed to work on, she only had depression and crying during the week-end. Her pattern of taking her Concerta was Monday through Friday, and not on the week-end.
I don't think it is unrealistic to consider that withdrawal from stimulants prescribed for ADHD could be causing symptoms which cause some to show behaviors which are diagnosed as depression.
Dr. Nona Owens
580 Springridge Rd.
Clinton, Mississippi 39056
Psychologist/therapist/counselor/ADHD Testing for Adults/Clinton/Jackson/Vicksburg/Brandon