You may have noticed the increase in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some may say this is due to many factors such as more distractions with technology, an outdated education system, or an actual disorder that doctors are beginning to understand with improvements in medicine. The important thing to remember is that there is never a settled science and that we have gotten to the level of advancement in our current society through a lot of trial and error.

If you are more skeptical, you might say that this is an issue that trial and error is not necessarily preferred since it involves administering drugs to children. That seems like a legitimate concern. However, if you lean too far in that direction, you may be ignoring an actual problem, and that may lead a person suffering from an actual ailment to partake in ADHD self medication. There are, of course, apparent dangers with a person, especially a child self-medicating, mainly that they do not understand the complexities of the body quite as a medical professional would.

Self-medicating, especially when it comes to the use of illicit substances, can be extremely dangerous. Combinations such as Vyvanse and weed have been found to be quite detrimental to a person’s health. Prescription drugs such as Vyvanse have been developed by people who have expertise in the psychopharmacological effects of substances, and these substances can be quite dangerous to the unprescribed user.

Many people who self medicate will site the calming effects of marijuana as a treatment for the symptoms of ADHD. Some medical professionals strongly advise against coming to this conclusion and point to adverse effects, such as increased hyperactivity. Unfortunately, there just are not enough legitimate studies on marijuana to make conclusions about its curative potential toward many diseases. This is mostly due to the fact that many places still consider it an illicit substance. This means that marijuana is often officially treated like it has no potential benefits.

There are, however, alternatives to medication that are not as dangerous as simply ignoring a potential problem with yourself or your child. Such non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD include homeopathic solutions such as vitamins and minerals, different dietary approaches, or more physical approaches such as yoga and meditation. Doctors have commissioned several studies into these methods to try to stimulate neurotransmitters that are said to cause ADHD without the use of drugs.  

It is easy in today’s society to be skeptical of many of the treatments and solutions that modern medicine comes up with, but overall self-medicating, especially with drugs, can be very dangerous. Although experts are often proven wrong throughout history, trial and error studies are probably safer when they are conducted in a laboratory. That being said, it is understandable if you are skeptical of drugs that medical professionals often administer to people for ADHD. When abused or even taken as prescribed, these drugs can have detrimental effects. This is why it is important to present the option of non-pharmacological means to those who remain wary of drugs.