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The Trouble with Prescription Drugs and ADD/ADHD

Updated on February 26, 2010

So many people in this age are resorting to prescriptions to numb themselves of the worry. They set up barriers between their emotions and themselves day to day. There's an enormous difference between being worry-free and being completely apathetic. The mentally ill are only loading more problems onto their backs making it harder to see the small load they were carrying in the first place.

Studies show many of the mental and behavioral conditions in our society can be avoided with a proper lifestyle. The American way is the fun way, it's quickly rewarding, and inexpensive but I think it's time we stopped looking for a quick fix to our problems and examined what's really going on. So many mental disorders can be lightened tremendously by healthy diet and exercise. Without our proper nutrients we are wasting away physically as well as mentally. The imbalances we are trying to correct synthetically can, over time, be improved drastically through proper dietary habits. The imbalances are most likely due to malnutrition from the start.

Man Vs Nature: Real Vs Synthetic

People are so afraid of going natural because it's not what the doctor recommended, but many of the doctor's cures aren't all encompassing. For example, ADD/ADHD medicine. My brother has been taking Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse for at least 5 years now and is already addicted to it. He does not have motivation to do anything without it, and he is 14 years old. He is 100lbs overweight, has dabbled in illegal drugs, has been suspended from school on several occasions, has almost repeated every grade up until now, and is starting to become a frequent smoker. To be honest, I am worried sick about him. He says the cigars take the "edge" off of his medicine, and he has also complained of feeling like he is an emotionless robot while on them. Of all of the ADD/ADHD medicine, I believe Vyvanse is the least harmful and closest to replicating natural brain function but every single one of these has long-term, hindering side-effects.

List of Common Side Effects

  • Feeling restless and jittery
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Tics

Warning Parents and possibly new patients

Please parents, and adults as well, if you are deciding whether or not to put your children on ADD/ADHD medicine, do your research. Prescriptions do NOT cure in any way. They are stimulants - amphetamines which only temporarily increase dopamine, continuously burning out the receptors. They may increase succeptability for other depression, bipolarity, and other common mental problems. Strattera, which is a nonstimulant medication warns of increased suicidal thoughts and actions in some children and teenagers.

Possible Causes of ADD/ADHD-like Symptoms

  • Refined sugar
  • Food additives
  • Poor nutrition
  • Natural light deficiency
  • Food allergies
  • Heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, or cadmium)
  • Poor teaching methods combined with lack of discipline


For almost every prescription there is a vitamin or a supplement that can take its place without side effect. Its because the mental problem you have is only due to an imbalance. Don't replace one problem with another - get proper help for you or your family.

(Hopefully soon I will have a hub specifying this)

A few listed below:

DLPA - increases endorphins, a precursor to the amino acid tyrosine, and is used to treat depression.

Ginko Biloba - A natural stimulant that has been used in chinese medicine for over a thousand years. It is a natural remedy for ADD/ADHD and other attention disorders or just to keep you focused and alert.


In my opinion, to stay healthy, you must be knowledgeable on your own health and how your body works. If you do not have the time or otherwise can't do this, I highly recommend an all-natural nutritionist or something of that sort. Every problem can branch from another, the goal is to find the root. Good luck, and stay safe.


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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      well i should but i dont. My sister actually commited suicide. Last year my mum died and all these things have raised there ugly head again., i take prozac...

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      zaureny 8 years ago

      Thanks, and yeah I've been there for sure. It's not your fault though, it's just a bad mix of brain chemicals. Do you take any vitamins or anything of the sort?

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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      this is no laughing matter. I am very out going but just wake up some days and cannot mix.... every word anyone says hurts like hell, and i know it is me that is the problem..... if others would just take time to understand the difficulty some of us have, just existing, life may be easier...... it is has taken me a long time to admit i am the problem but that is a starting point...... lovely hub thanks a lot you worked hard on it