Schizophrenia makes it difficult for sufferers to distinguish hallucinations from reality. Schizophrenia often leads to or is triggered by substance abuse. Adderall use can lead to addiction, and this drug use and abuse may be closely related to schizophrenia.
Can Adderall Use Cause Schizophrenia?
Abusing any substance can worsen mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. If someone has a family history of either substance abuse or a mental health issue, he or she is at greater risk for addiction and schizophrenia. Age and environmental factors can trigger schizophrenia symptoms in predisposed individuals. Adderall use has been linked to both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Interactions between Adderall and other medications may cause or worsen health problems. Substance abuse of any kind can cause permanent damage to a person’s psychological state.
How Does Adderall Use Affect Schizophrenia?
An individual with schizophrenia is more likely to abuse substances than someone without a mental health disorder. A person with schizophrenia may attempt to self-medicate symptoms to find relief or to save money on treatment. Unfortunately drug use is a quick fix at best, and Adderall use can worsen schizophrenia.
Treatment Options for Schizophrenia and Adderall Use
If someone is experiencing co-occurring schizophrenia and addiction, treatment must be comprehensive and integrated. Both conditions should be treated at the same time. This will prevent either condition from feeding the other and causing a relapse. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, support groups, relapse prevention techniques and private therapy are only a few of the many treatment options available to individuals facing both schizophrenia and an Adderall addiction.
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