ADHD and Addiction


It’s common for people to have a mental illness, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which slowly contributes to the development of addiction. Typically, illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, because of the emotional pain that one endures with these illnesses, contribute to addiction. However, other disorders have also been known to contribute to addiction, such as ADHD and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). These are illnesses that affect one’s ability to concentrate, which can create significant problems at work, home, and in relationships. These symptoms can create significant problems in one’s life, which may cause someone to turn to drinking or the use of drugs as a means to cope with their life.

In fact, research indicates that those who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD as children or teens have a good chance of developing a problem with addiction later in life. They may initially find use of drugs or alcohol as a way to feel better, which might have gotten worse over time, creating an addiction. Experts have also found that 60% of children and teens who were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD will continue to experience symptoms of the disorder in adulthood. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD in an adult include:

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Common Causes of Mood Swings

Common Causes of Mood Swings | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comThe definition of a mood swing is an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of mood.  They can occur for no apparent reason or they can be brought on by circumstances though the mood might be out of proportion to what is really going on. These mood swings can be the result of many different causes. Below is a list of common causes of mood swings, both psychiatric and non-psychiatric.

Psychiatric Causes of Mood Swings:

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse

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