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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nonmember avatar Michelle

I have been in pharmacy for almost 15 years and agree that this is the most disturbing trend yet. And it's not just the mom's who are on it...their kids are too. And Kiri, I don't know if you ARE married, but not all husbands/fathers are lazy. I resent that comment of yours about "good luck with dad helping out around the house". Both my husband and I work full time and have a daughter, a home, and a dog to care for together. TOGETHER. He works just as hard as I do, maybe more sometimes. NOT ALL MEN ARE LAZY!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Not only mothers, but kids in high school, too! Juggling two sports in the fall and one in the spring, honors classes, summer camp, jobs, friendships, and relationships... 

jenni... jennifer2712

Its meth! No ifs ands or buts, its a narcotic that gets you high! That "burst of energy" is you being whacked out! Heart racing, teeth grinding, sweaty, zooming high! Try even eating that perfect dinner. Its a joke, a danger to the children in these womens care, and an excuse to be messed up

shesl... shesliketx

I have taken adderall, went off for a while due to pregnancies and the fact that I didn't have so much on my plate. However, I am going to become a full time student again, 2 kids under age 3, and a husband who DOESN'T help, adderall helps me stay focused. I need it for school, plain and simple. I have tried already before without adderall and I failed out miserably. I actually have been diagnosed with ADHD though by several drs

CPN322 CPN322

I have and I actually need it as I am severely ADHD(I know many people are misdiagnosed, but I'm one of the ones who are genuinly ADHD, I'm talking can't pay attention to even things I love) but I won't take it anymore. It makes me focus, sure, but it also makes me super antisocial(I'm VERY friendly), I can't eat on it and I'm just plain weird(not the good kind of weird). It almost feels like what I imagine speed would feel like(too much caffeine does the same thing to me, must be an ADHD thing). I prefer ridalin, but I stopped taking that as well. I'd rather suffer through trying to pay attention then feel like a stranger in my own body. I don't know how people can take that every day but I do know that the feeling it gives me is very different from the feeling someone gets from it who doesn't need it. People have told me it almost feels like a high. I'm not a fan.

CPN322 CPN322

Michelle - can you please clone your husband for me?? :)

tnyangel tnyangel

I tried it. Honestly did a zillion chores and was happy the whole time. Let it go after about a week, i just didn't want to be stuck on anything. After even a few days I would wake up and run to my bottle desperate to feel well. I have always been a happy morning person and waking up feeling bad and waiting for the pill to work made me stop.

corri... corrinacs

I am glad I am not the only one that feels I can't do it all!!!!  I really can't, but the horrific thing is that society (and my DH) expects 100% neatness, and dinner on the table 100% of the time.  I told my DH that there needs to be two of me!!!  He says something about me "needing to get excercise" so I'm not so tired or something of that nature....but after reading this its not that at all!!!!  Its I've got way too much damn stuff to do!  All the time!!!

anfin... anfinley89

I was once addicted to adderall. It seemed like the "perfect" fix for me at the time. I felt like a supermom. Little did I know. Coming from a family full of addicts I felt like I was doing no harm. I got to loose that extra baby weight that would'nt come off and felt like I was whole. Wrong. After my addiction progressed I found that staying awake without them was a struggle. I couldnt keep my eyes open for more than an hour without feeling like I was beyond exhausted. It did more harm for my family than good. I became cranky, miserable and no good for my daughter. I did not stop them until recent. Im so afraid that onced my baby boy is born I might want to go back to them. Its a struggle everyday. My advice is to never touch them. Its not the super drug everyone thinks it might be. Its the devil in disguise.

nonmember avatar JKB

I was one of these (single) moms for a short time. I am actually shocked to realize it's alot more common than I thought. At the time, I was working two part time jobs but the hours were midnight to 5:30 then to the next one from 6 to noon. I would get out and go pick up my son and care for him til 7 or 8 that night til his dad would get him. That left me 2/3 hrs of sleep a night. I never would have been able to do it, which I had to as I was getting no child support, without the adderall. Obviously it wasn t the safest or best idea but I am happy to say I stoppes taking it the second I quit the other job, with no problem!

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