Adults With ADHD Are a Bunch of Fakers

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AdderallWhen it comes to Americans who say they have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), we now know that a bunch of them are big fat fakers. A new study says almost one in four adults are exaggerating or just flat out making up their symptoms to score medication that will help them concentrate and get a leg up on life. While this news is shocking, it also makes me a little jealous and wonder why I didn't think of it at my last checkup. I want a leg up too!

The study looked at 286 adults who had been diagnosed with the disorder and found 22 percent of them did at least a little faking. Some actually were suffering from ADHD, but exaggerated their symptoms so they'd for sure get the good drugs. Others may have just incorrectly self-diagnosed themselves.

Between 2-4 million adults are thought to legitimately suffer from the disorder, but there's no clear-cut way to diagnosis it. Doctors aren't really inclined to call people out as liars unless they know for sure, so plenty of people are able to pick up prescriptions for Adderall and the like pretty easily if they have any acting skills at all.

So why shouldn't we all be taking these drugs if they have such great powers? The problem is that they work differently in people who legitimately have the disorder and those who don't. For those who do, the drug can be the help they need. But for those who don't, the drugs can be dangerous and seriously addictive. Dr. Karen Miotto, director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service, described to MSNBC a case in which a woman whose addiction to Adderall caused her to drop out of medical school:

She said she was just trying to do better in school. Just trying to keep up. There’s a point in time where you need to come to terms with things. I said, ‘Honey, this isn’t about medical school anymore. Now you have a serious illness — it’s called addiction.'

Crap, I have too much to do to spend time in rehab, so I guess I'll just try to deal with life as best I can with my current drug of choice for boosting concentration and energy -- coffee. 

Do you know anyone who has faked ADHD to get medication?


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ArmyW... ArmyWifeAshlie

I don't for ADHD specifically, but for other things yeah several people I know have faked something. I have untreated ADD. I can't even finish a sentence half the time because I get distracted. My distractions cause a lot of problems and the only reason I'm not on meds is because I wanted to try as many other treatments as possible first.

ELIZA... ELIZABETHSMO902

yes plenty of people i know do for the meds....its such a shame for people like me whole acctually have it and cant hold a normal conversation with a million things running through there (my) head!

Memph... MemphisSuzi

Yes, my best friend.  She lied to her doc and her daughters doc to score Adderall, she got the idea from her sister who had already done it and shared.  At 34, she died.  Its a serious drug and I would be hesitant to take it or give it to my children.

eusta... eustacejessica

Oh yes several people! There are about 5 people within the company I work for alone that has gone and gotten medication for add/adhd and they defintily don't need it!

elija... elijahsmama09

Not personally, and not ADHD meds, but pain narcotics sure. You hear of people faking pain all the time for that crap.

elija... elijahsmama09

When my brother was a kid the teachers wanted him on ADHD meds because he wouldnt sit still, but my parents refused to drug him.

elija... elijahsmama09

They told the teachers to do their job and they werent going to drug him to make it easier.

elija... elijahsmama09

They got mad and sent him to a school for the slow learners.

Water... Water_geM

Iam adhd,i was diagnosed as a child.and i refuse to take meds.

dixie... dixiegurl223626

I dont know anyone who faked ADHD for drugs. I'm sure there are plenty of people who do though.

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