Adderall-Addicted Moms Are Not So Unusual at the Playground (VIDEO)

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There's been a lot of talk about women having it ALL: Career, marriage, motherhood, community work, dog, spotless house, you name it. What there hasn't been a lot of talk about is that there are only 24 hours in a day and you can't really have it all unless you get like two hours of sleep. But guess what? Apparently more moms are discovering that with a little dose of "mother's little helper," otherwise known as the drug Adderall, one can have it all! It gives you so much energy! Whee! Only, you know, it's a highly addictive drug and all that.

ABC News says that in the past decade there has been a 750 percent increase in the use of Adderall, a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with women 26 to 39. And not all of these women -- or even the majority -- have ADHD. But they want to be Supah-Mom! Adderall can give you a huge boost of energy, allowing you to get a bazillion tasks done while still smiling as serenely as a Stepford Wife.

Says one mom of four who began taking the drug to keep up with her large family:

I grew up in a house where my mom was very neat. Everything was really clean, beautiful dinners every night, and that didn't come naturally for me. I was able to get all the stuff done around the house. I was able to cook the dinner and have everything perfect.

Sounds like a miracle drug, but alas, just one pill made her addicted. Too much of the drug can cause seizures, strokes, heart attacks, even death.

Moms, is being perfect and having it all worth this? I say let the house be a mess. Let dinner be hot dogs -- again. And make the kids clean their rooms and take the dog out for a walk. And, oh yeah, get dad to do a few things around the house too (good luck with that one, of course).

Have you ever taken Adderall or known anyone who has?

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