If you are reading this, there is a big chance that you, or someone you care about, have experienced negative effects from taking Adderall and Vyvanse. These two medications have helped millions of people that experience Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as ADHD. They also cause great harm to millions of people. Millions of people abuse Adderall and Vyvanse. Full-time college students compose the majority of people that abuse Adderall and Vyvanse. Working professionals and people seeking to self medicate psychological disorders are other groups of people that abuse Adderall and Vyvanse. If you are using Adderall and Vyvanse, I invite you to read and answer the following questions. Don’t answer them to anyone. Answer them to yourself as an exercise of raising your awareness. Without judgment. If the answers and insights that you come up to lead you to want to learn more, contact me.
1. Do Adderall and Vyvanse help you concentrate?
This is a question that needs to be answered sincerely. For people that truly have ADHD, the answer is yes. For people that do not have ADHD, the answer is no. Adderall and Vyvanse are medications that stimulate the brain. They are designed to stimulate concentration. If you experience difficulty concentrating because of ADHD, Adderall and Vyvanse will stimulate your brain to concentrate normally. But, if your brain is already concentrating normally, Adderall and Vyvanse will trigger anger, agitation, obsession, and compulsion.
In other words, Adderall and Vyvanse can cause concentration or obsession. Whether Adderall and Vyvanse help you concentrate or make you obsessive will depend on whether you really need Adderall and Vyvanse or not.
Concentration is not the same thing as an obsession. Concentration is “the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort” (New Oxford American Dictionary). Obsessions, on the other hand, are “ideas and thoughts that continually preoccupy or intrude on a people’s minds” (New Oxford American Dictionary). People that need Adderall and Vyvanse for ADHD normally concentrate when they take them. People who don’t need Adderall and Vyvanse find themselves obsessing. When people don’t need Adderall and Vyvanse, the brain stimulation that they produce actually interferes with the ability to concentrate. Then, ironically, when people that don’t need Adderall and Vyvanse take them, they won’t be able to concentrate.
2. Do Adderall and Vyvanse actually help you focus?
They do. However, sometimes they make you focus too much, on the things that you don’t want to focus on. Adderall and Vyvanse trigger the brain into hyperdrive. This hyperactivity causes a hyper-focus effect. The brain can focus the hyper-attention that Adderall and Vyvanse trigger on tasks like studying or working on projects. But, the brain can also focus on the attention induced by Adderall and Vyvanse on self-gratifying mental activity. Under the influence of Adderall and Vyvanse, the brain can go on a loop of gratifying obsessions and fantasies centering on pornography, sexual desires, gambling, spending money, and other pleasurable activities. Paradoxically, people who abuse Adderall and Vyvanse, are not able to focus on their chosen tasks because they are obsessively focused on watching porn, shopping compulsively, and gambling. “Not that there is anything wrong with that” (Seinfeld. Circa 1990’s). Judgment aside, watching porn, shopping compulsively, and gambling may not be the results of taking Adderall and Vyvanse that you had in mind.
3. Do Adderall and Vyvanse make you hyper?
This is another question that you must try to answer with ruthless honesty if you are truly interested in learning if Adderall and Vyvanse really benefit you.
4. Do Adderall and Vyvanse keep you up all night?
People who have ADHD and take Adderall to manage it: take the right prescribed dosages at the right prescribed times, do not suffer sleepless nights, anxiety, or agitation.
5. Do Adderall and Vyvanse actually help you study?
Here I need you to become completely honest. Think about your study experience. When you felt the full effects of Adderall, did you focus on the material that you had to focus on, or did you hyper-focus on other things that were not the material that you needed to study or work on?
6. How do Adderall and Vyvanse affect relationships?
Adderall and Vyvanse impact relationships in a number of ways. People who abuse Adderall Vyvanse became distant and self-absorbed. A sexually frustrated client described his girlfriend on Adderall as a “sexual robot.” There is in fact supporting evidence that people who abuse Adderall and Vyvanse become unavailable emotionally, unavailable affectionally, and unavailable sexually. Some people that abuse Adderall and Vyvanse become hyper-focused on porn and masturbation, neglecting their romantic partners. Some people under the influence of Adderall and Vyvanse spend hours watching porn and trying to masturbate. They engage in masturbation compulsively and reject physical contact with their partners. This connection between drugs and sexual obsession, drugs and sexual compulsion, and drugs and masturbation, is a dynamic seen in people that abuse drugs in general. And, appears with particularly great frequency in people that abuse stimulant drugs like Adderall, Vyvanse, and cocaine. The effect that the abuse of Adderall and Vyvanse have on relationships, therefore, is negative, painful, and sometimes devastating to relationships.
I hope that the questions made you think and have informed you. Let me know if I can be of any help.