Our Dirty Little Secret Addiction – Adderall

Leslie Carol Botha: And there in lies the problem – labeling women. Labels put more pressure on us to perform…or not – if the label is negative.  However, the demand on mothers every increases while we take care of the home, our families needs, and now in this economic climate, hold down a job. Lack of nutrition, and hormone imbalance all lead to fatigue and depression. No wonder women turn to Adderall.  However, that is not the answer.  Is an addiction worth it?

Adderall Prescriptions Increased 750 Percent in 8 Years

Supermom’s Secret Addiction: Stepping Out of Adderall’s Shadow

ABC Nightline
by Dan Harris and Lana Zak
June 26, 2012

All over America there are moms in the shadows drowning in their daily responsibilities and turning to the prescription drug Adderall for relief.

Adderall is a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but these women don’t have ADHD; they say they need Adderall to be better mothers.

Between 2002 and 2010, there’s been a 750 percent increase in Adderall prescriptions for women between 26 and 39. Critics say clearly not all of these women need the drug for ADHD.

ABC News spoke with Betsy Degree from suburban Minneapolis, who started taking the prescription drug to keep up with the demands of being a mother of four.

“I grew up in a house where my mom was very neat,” she said. “Everything was really clean, beautiful dinners every night and that didn’t come naturally for me.”

Several years ago, one of Degree’s children was prescribed Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant, for ADHD. In a moment of desperation she stole a pill from her own child and the addiction was almost immediate.

“I was able to get all the stuff done around the house,” Degree said. “I was able to cook the dinner and have everything perfect.”

Degree tells ABC News she felt like supermom and would stay up until 3 a.m. doing loads of laundry. She says she thought she’d only take it once.

“I couldn’t stop,” she said. “I could not stop taking them. I’d say I’m just going to take them one more time.”

When she ran out she resorted to tricking the family doctor into writing more prescriptions.

“I would call and say we lost them. I would call and say that dose isn’t right so can we try a different dose,” said Degree. “[I was trying] every trick in the book.”

The need for trickery has created a whole online ecosystem. If you go on Yahoo and type in the words “How do I get my doctor to prescribe Adderall,” there are tens of millions of hits.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.