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Adderall May Have

Unhinged Lindsay Lohan

8/20/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan's Adderall dependence -- the result of a medical misdiagnosis -- may have been the reason she went off the rails.

As we first reported, the docs at the UCLA rehab facility believe Lindsay was misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ... and was prescribed Adderall to treat the phantom affliction.

Dr. Joe Haraszti -- a prominent L.A. addiction specialist -- tells TMZ ... people who take Adderall when they don't need it can experience similar effects as people who use cocaine or methamphetamine.

Dr. Haraszti tells us ... people who unnecessarily take Adderall can display manic symptoms ... and often do things like "driving around until all hours of the morning ... smoking heavily ... tweeting ... and texting all night long." The doc adds, "They can become very impulsive."

The doc also notes that people in that situation "might then complain of insomnia and then take Ambien or other sleep aids to help fall asleep ... it's a vicious cycle"

Dr. Marc Kern -- another addiction expert -- tells us alcohol abuse is also very common among patients who take Adderall.

Dr. Kern tells us, "The Adderall counteracts the sedative side effects of alcohol use … making these people often drink more than someone who does not take the drug."

Bottom line -- a bad medical diagnosis may have set the ball rolling that unhinged Lindsay's life.


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rebecca robinson    

Anyon who believes that a doctor reccomended adderall is crazy. Lohan probably went med seeking for legal speed just like most addicts do. I don't believe ther was ever any mis-diagnosis.

1485 days ago


Ummm I do Believe Paris Hilton, And Brittany Murphy also Girls obsessed with Being thin Were both on it. Remember How thin Lindsey got? Hollywoods abuse this as a Dangerous Diet Pill. We all know what happened to Brittany Murphy...... Lindsey will be Next. Paris loves herself too much she will be around for a while to keep Annoying people

1482 days ago

Horacio Prada    

She's on the same tragic path as Marilyn Monroe 50 yrs ago. The psychiatrists are right on her tail to destroy her talent with addictive drugs, just as they did with MM, Elvis and many others.

1481 days ago


god, she was so hot before she turned into a drug popping slut. Ohhh man.

786 days ago


We see it happen quite often, where mood altering drugs are prescribed to addicts/alcoholics and their perception rarely will get better about their lives and recovery. Complete abstinence is the way to go, learning to do estimable acts to replace the missing euphoria. BTW We have a standing offer of 30 days of exclusive treatment here in Newport Beach free, if she is willing to put all mood altering substances aside.

534 days ago
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