Link Between Stimulants, Depression and Addiction: Stanford Psychiatrist Anna Lembke, M.D.

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Anna Lembke’s book provides much more detail about the topic discussed here. “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop”: G

Anna Lembke’s biography at Stanford University: O

Mad in America provides a thorough overview of the diagnosis of ADHD, the way stimulant medications act on the brain, and provides links to research studies regarding the risks and benefits of the drugs. It can be found here: /

Allen Frances, MD, who chaired the task force for creation of the DSM-IV (the bible of psychiatry), wrote a feature article criticizing the diagnosis of ADHD and the overuse of stimulant medications for HuffPost: 5

Examples of stimulant medications include: Ritalin (methylphenidate), Concerta (extended release methylphenidate), Adderall (amphetamine), Strattera (atomoxitine hcl), Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), and Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine).

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Note: This video does not constitute medical advice. Stopping psychiatric drugs, especially abruptly, can be dangerous, as withdrawal effects may be severe, disabling or even life-threatening.

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