If there’s one thing that the internet has learned us – wait, lessoned? – it’s that people have wild misconceptions about adderall. We’ve seen some pretty outrageous myths and superstitions surrounding this magic pill.
So what is adderall, exactly? And more importantly, what kind of doctor prescribes it?
What Is Adderall?
Adderal is a type of medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug is primarily made up of two stimulants: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both chemicals work together to help lessen impulsivity and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
Each prescription dosage varies depending on individual needs, but typically start out at 5 milligrams per day for both adults and children.
Why Do People Take Adderall?
Let’s just clear the air here: You shouldn’t be taking adderall unless prescribed by a licensed medical professional. But for those who do take adderall as directed by their doctor, they report experiencing better focus, increased productivity, improved cognitive function, all while feeling little to no anxiety
(That being said – you’re still going to anyway)
(Unless distracted )
(Or watching kitten videos instead )
(But only when actually facing tasks )
(Right… Because anxiety isn’t hilarious )
But we digress…
Back to our original question: If you need an addy fix from Dr. Feelgood —oops— we mean a prescription for this common medication; which kind of physician should you go visit?
First off- if you think your roommate can diagnose your “add” because she took psychology 101 in college then please stop reading this right now….We’ll wait….
Now back on track – enter psychiatrist!
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. They’re the ones who can evaluate you to determine if medication like adderall is right for you.
It’s important that people seeking to take Adderall should consult with a licensed psychiatrist first given their vast knowledge base on effectively treating conditions common among those prescribed this medication (such as ADHD).
What Can You Expect at Your First Visit?
At your appointment, your psychiatrist will ask some standard questions about your health history such as any past allergies or medications taken – so basically it’s just like visiting any other doctor. A comprehensive assessment will be conducted by taking into account relevant factors which may increases risk associated with stimulant use.
Given that adderall is a powerful drug, Abuse Risk evaluation forms would also likely be filled out assessing potential addiction risks from using Adderall since one concern easily becomes overuse/misuse resulting in tolerance/dependence.
(No more getting caught because of our speedy driving )
Primary Care Physician
What if I just want my family doctor to write me an addy script instead?
Well…that could prove difficult unless they went ahead and became certified in prescribing controlled substances…
That being said there have been instances where primary care physicians prescribe- but its far less common than going through a specialist most primarily due to needing access to both psychiatry background/knowledge/experience- all which primary care physician lack.
And let’s not overlook the fact that regardless of how well-intentioned your primary healthcare practitioner might be without proper training/certification state prescription monitoring programs exist specifically targeted toward ensuring against unnecessary prescriptions/narcotics abuse, mistakes or overwrites!
However, once diagnosed and assuming referring/expertise coordination has taken place amongst specialists regarding optimal dosage/regimen/etcetera — keeping up refills depending upon individual patient needs can become more managed directly under PCP supervision.
But we do feel obligated to note – that if being overprescribed pain killers is an issue in the United States, it’s safe to say that receiving a prescription for schedule II stimulants is likely more regulated by policy .
And there you have it.
If you think that adderall might help with your ADHD or narcolepsy symptoms, visit a licensed psychiatrist who knows how Adderall affects mental health and can guide through its usage/how best to manage use while also watching out for potential risks.
Alternatively, despite how tempting- force yourself (or rather convince) to talk with someone about the underlying drivers contributing behavior as opposed bandaging up insecurities/inferiority through immediate drug regimes because ultimately these behaviors will still manifest until addressed!
so sit back down from abruptly leaving psychiatric guided discussion on tablet side effects 😉
(Really – They’re not just trying sell you snake oil!)
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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