For people without ADHD, Adderall is a stimulant similar to cocaine. The drug increases the dopamine levels in the brain, suppressing appetite. Adderall is also attributed to providing feelings of pleasure, which may lead to dependency.
People that are biologically predisposed toward developing eating disorders have an increased potential for abusing Adderall. However, the drug can contribute to the development of an eating disorder in anyone. While Adderall use for weight loss is not considered an eating disorder, it can be a symptom of other eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa or binge eating disorder (BED).
How Adderall Affects Eating Habits:
Adderall is classified as a stimulant which means the drug stimulates activity in the brain and central nervous system. The effects of dopamine and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters in the brain, speed up metabolic processes in the body. Dopamine is responsible for performing several functions, including sending signals of satisfaction. People with attention deficit disorders may have a dopamine deficiency so when they take Adderall they have higher levels of dopamine and a reduced appetite.
How does it happen?
When someone with ADHD takes Adderall, it can be effective for helping them manage their symptoms but when someone abuses
Adderall, the severity of side effects increases. If someone uses Adderall for weight loss, they risk the side effects of high blood pressure, changes in heart rate, increased the risk of stroke and heart attack, seizures, and sudden death.
Substances can also trigger the part of the brain that is connected to the sensation of satisfaction. This area of the brain is responsible for food cravings or hunger sensations so when someone is using a drug, that part of the brain may send signals that the body is satisfied or has received enough nutrients, even if it’s untrue. Alternatively, people with an existing eating disorder are more likely to develop a pattern of substance use to expedite their eating disorder. According to a 2010 report by SAMHSA, men and women with eating disorders are at a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder.
Adderall and Binge Eating Disorder:
Eating disorders like BED may develop as a result of using
Adderall for weight loss or someone with BED may abuse Adderall for weight loss after they’ve been experiencing BED symptoms. People with BED typically develop the disorder because they want to lose or manage their weight. The fact that Adderall suppresses your appetite can be appealing to them. Adderall may also help with the side effects of BED. Someone with BED may experience low energy, fatigue, and anxiety. Adderall increases energy heightens alertness and enhances focus so, in addition to suppressing appetite. Adderall can be appealing for several reasons for people with a BED.
Adderall and Anorexia:
Similar to BED, anorexia can be a co-occurring disorder with substance abuse. People with anorexia share similar side effects to people with BED, and by taking Adderall, it can help them gain more energy and focus while also reducing their appetite. It’s difficult to determine which disorder developed first because the disorder often occurs at the same time.
The development of an eating disorder from a substance use disorder can often be unintentional. Adderall and other stimulants typically suppress appetites and as a result, people with a stimulant use disorder may inadvertently develop anorexia or another eating disorder. So be really careful when you buy Adderall online to treat eating disorders.