When Stimulants Help With Anxiety

 ADHD in the News 2018-06-21

When my psychiatrist first prescribed medication for my ADHD, I remember reading the side effects and asking him “this isn’t going to make my anxiety worse, is it?” His response was basically “we’ll just have to wait and see.” Just like coffee isn’t known to relax people, stimulants in general are recognized for their potential to exacerbate anxiety, and that extends to ADHD meds like amphetamine and methylphenidate...As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised.