June 28, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

Adderall: Mommy’s New Little Helper

Being a mom is a full-time job. Today, women maintain full-time careers and  go above and beyond to join organizations like  PTAs, volunteer groups, and driving kids to school and activities. How are these busy mother’s cramming 80+ hours of work into a 40-hour work week? Enter the latest, “Mommy’s Little Helper: Adderall.”

Some mothers are finding Adderall helps them accomplish all of their duties and responsibilities, easily and seamlessly. These otherwise “healthy” women are turning to  drugs as a means of coping with activities of daily living.

Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD, is one of the most popular “study drugs” used by high school and college students In the United States, Adderall prescriptions for women between 26 and 39 increased 750% between 2002 and 2010. Mommies are taking Adderall.

Adderall prescriptions for women between 26 and 39 up 750%. Mommy’s new helper?
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In the US, women want it all (a family, career, social life) and admit they need the drug to get through the busy day, not to treat ADHD. Many got started taking Adderall by “borrowing” from their children’s Adderall prescriptions, and then moved on to acquiring a prescription of their own.

What makes Adderall attractive to mothers? Its ability to help them cope with stress, feel energized and extremely focused, and to lose weight. Therefore, weight loss is another motive for abuse.

Betsy Degree of Minneapolis told ABC news she took Adderall just to keep up with the demands of being a mother of four. She said having grown up in a home where everything was always neat, clean and organized, she was feeling overwhelmed and like she was not living up to her mother’s example.

After taking her son’s Adderall, Betsy felt like a supermom. “I was able to get all the stuff done around the house,” Degree said. “I was able to cook the dinner and have everything perfect.”

The ABC show “Desperate Housewives”, character Lynette was struggling with keeping up with her kids, house, husband, and extracurricular activities. After learning about Adderall from a fellow mother, Lynette became addicted to the “supermom” feeling.

The arrival of a new child (thus, more responsibilities) also has prompted some parents to experiment with Adderall.

“My schedule recently got more demanding thanks to a new baby. With less time to kill and another mouth to feed, I’ve had to step up my game,” said Ari LeVaux in an article published in “The Atlantic.”

 

Resources:

  • ref: Why ARE so many mothers addicted to ADHD drug Adderall? Women reveal they’ve stolen drugs off their own children under pressure to be ‘perfect’
  • ref: “Mom’s New Little Helper”: Mothers Abusing Adderall
  • ref: Mother’s Little Helper Diet Drug Causes Weight Loss (and Addiction)
  • ref: Everyone and Their Mom Is On Adderhal
  • ref: Experimenting with Nootropics to Increase Mental Capacity, Clarity

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