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[QUOTE=greenapple;3989701]Hi Hunter - Were you prescribed Adderall for ADD or binge eating? Is it ever prescribed for depressive disorders?[/QUOTE]

I went to a therapist and I was diagnosed with ADHD and depression due to ADHD. I wasn't told why they prescribed this to me but I am guessing ADHD. I know many people who were given it just for depression and it helped, some it made worse. It depends on the person but it can be prescribed for depression.
Several times I have read about ADHD sufferers and both conscious and subconscious attempts at self medication. Those who suffer from ADHD are prone to addictions to any of a range of things, from drugs or alcohol, to food, to gambling, to extreme behaviour, because these behaviours release dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine when we engage in them. The ADHD brain tends to be in short supply of these neurotransmitters, and we crave them, whether we know it or not. Thus, in many cases, addiction can be seen in the ADHD individual as an attempt to self medicate, because we don't have a formal diagnosis and legitimate medication.

These are the same neurotransmitters that are targeted by the various ADHD medications out there. By taking these medications, we release the neurotransmitters that our brains require to function more effectively, but in a more controlled and (hopefully) less destructive way than our various addictions can provide. The trick, of course, is to fight the urge to take doses in excess of what is prescribed, because to do so is the first step on the path to another addiction.

I can tell you first hand that eating disorders can, and do, go hand in hand with ADHD, as I continue to struggle daily with my own. Many times, I've described my issue as "I don't eat because I'm hungry, I eat because I want to eat." In my case, my body doesn't necessarily need the food I'm eating, but I eat because the act of eating triggers the release of the neurotransmitters I need. This is why I can be good all day but lose my control late in the evening; my meds have worn off and my brain is craving what it's missing.

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