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Adderall Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

author image Brooke Nichols
Brooke Nichols is a licensed professional counselor in Kansas and Missouri who has been writing since April 2009. She provides mental health services to consumers needing consultation for emotional and behavioral needs. Nichols educates families on these needs with a practice specializing in trauma and acute psychiatric care for children. She holds a master's degree in psychology from Antioch University Seattle.
Adderall Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
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Adderall is a stimulant medication used to treat poor impulse control and improve concentration. These symptoms are apparent in multiple psychiatric conditions, specifically attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder.


Taking Adderall for bipolar disorder is not recommended. Adderall is a prescription medication indicated for ADHD, not bipolar disorder.


Using Adderall for bipolar disorder may worsen symptoms of mania, including disrupted sleep, appetite and weight changes, racing thoughts, pressured speech or an increase in foolish, risky and impulsive behavior.


Considering that the symptoms of both bipolar disorder and ADHD include impairment in impulse control, Adderall initially may be prescribed by physicians. If symptoms worsen, this may clarify the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.


Using both a mood stabilizer and Adderall for bipolar disorder is possible if severe impulsivity is not addressed using a mood agent alone. Use these medications together only under close supervision of a psychiatrist.


Preventing inaccurate diagnosis and exacerbation of symptoms includes a thorough assessment by a specialist. Taking into account a patient's history and family background is significant in forming a complete diagnostic picture.

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