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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.

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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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91.

cali    

I've always thought her problem was with cocaine not prescription drugs.

It's my understanding that cocaine does not cause physical withdrawals

1525 days ago
92.

cali    

She's a drunk and a coke head

1525 days ago
93.

you know it    

Doctors and Big Pharma love it when you take pills for any reason. They make the money and you get more sick. Pharmaceuticals are man made and not natural therefore they will not cure anything. They only cover up the symptoms. go to earthclinic.com to search for natural cures for almost any ailment.

1525 days ago
94.

pammie8    

@Jeffro11 always thinking outside the box! ;)

1525 days ago
95.

NICOLE    

Wrong diagnosis or just they wanted another celebrity hooked with prescriptions drugs for a profit?

1525 days ago
96.

Bill F. Murray    

Hey pammie, how are ya?

I guess all of Nicole's propaganda finally got the best of me! :)

1525 days ago
97.

Modwild    

In our quest for "diversity" people no longer like anyone who has a different personality or differing opinion, and to shut them up, they diagnose ADHD and give them drugs. Its ridiculous and has to stop. Imagine the next 10 years as all of these kids on these drugs become adults. Way to go teachers of America.

1525 days ago
98.

SayWhat    

What started Linds on her path of destruction? Look in the mirror Dina. Being an enabler and party partner isnt what your kids need. They need a mother.

1525 days ago
99.

ME    

It is just an excuse, "The Adderall made me do it" She was doing sh$t before she started taking the drug. She needs to just go away...............

1525 days ago
100.

puddy    

This is just criminal all around.

First of all I firmly believe that she lied to get prescribed Adderall so that she could party all night and be able to be focused the next day with a few hours of sleep. It is not only celebrities that are doing this but alot college students and professionals. People that I worked with were taking Adderall and my little sister who is in college say that more people that you can believe go and get Adderall prescriptions.

It is obvious that the first rehab clinic she was assigned to wouldn't play ball so they had her get transfered to UCLA because they had a doc that would say what they wanted to. Now because of what this doc said they can come out and play Lohan off ass a victim of bad doctors and gloss over the fact that she is an addict.

They need to get her help and stop lying for her or she is going to be dead or in jail inside of 5 years.

1525 days ago
101.

Bubbles The Chimp    

It is obvious UCLA caters to celebs for the right amount of money.
OD dead already, LiLo. America needs peace from your stupidity.

1525 days ago
102.

Sunny    

I don't think it was so much a bad diagnosis. I think it was a deliberate irresponsible diagnosis from a doc who was obviously star struck.

1525 days ago
103.

Pretty LL    

She knew she didn't have ADHD and so did the doc who gave her that drug. She took it for the same reason everyone else does, for energy and to stay skinny. "Bsd diagnosis", whatever!

1525 days ago
104.

Dawn    

If this is true and she was misdiagnosed then it was the right decision to send her to UCLA so she could get the proper help and diagnosis and get her off that horrible mixture of drugs. Hopefully now she can have a great life and an even greater career. Say what you want about her but when on her game she is a good actress. I realized this when I saw Georgia Rules. I remember watching Celebrity Rehab and Dr. Drew said that Adderall was an Opiate and in order to go through a proper detox you had to get off all drugs. I hope she is now thinking clearly and will go on to lead a great life.

1525 days ago
105.

anon    

Misdiagnosed my butt!! She knew what the drug would do, and sought out a doctor that would give her the diagnosis and meds for $$$. Yes, it is wrong but let's not act like it doesn't happen all the time.

1525 days ago
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