Stimulants and building up a tolerance
October 13, 2012 1:51 PM Subscribe
Why don't people with ADHD build up tolerance to their stimulant medications, unlike people without ADHD who take them?
posted by sunnychef88 to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a few friends who have struggled with ADHD since they were children, and take stimulants to manage their conditions. They've been taking the same dosages for years and allegedly haven't become desensitized to their effects. They don't get a "high" from the meds either, supposedly.
I've heard about people without ADHD who take Adderall and become addicted, feeling some sort of euphoric sensation. These people take more and more of the stimulant to get the same "high". Some end up abusing stimulants. What's different about how ADHD works in individuals with the disorders vs those without the disorders that affects tolerance and that "high" feeling? I can't get a straight answer about this with all the information to sift through on Google.