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Why do ADHD medications have the effect of someone "picking"their skin and how to stop?

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Dr. Divyansu Patel
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Medication

Picking is a for of anxiety.
Stimulant mendication can make anxiety worse. Talk to your doctor as he/she may decrease the dose or change medication.

In brief: Medication

Picking is a for of anxiety.
Stimulant mendication can make anxiety worse. Talk to your doctor as he/she may decrease the dose or change medication.
Dr. Divyansu Patel
Dr. Divyansu Patel
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Couple things...

One, adhd has a high association with tic disorders, and many times the treatments can exacerbate, expose or better yet unmask the tics to a degree.
Picking the skin can be one of those nervous type tics that hyperactive people exhibit (or nail or cuticle biting, etc). Second, , many of the adhd meds are stimulants, same general class as caffeine or nicotine, and stimulants may stimulate tics.

In brief: Couple things...

One, adhd has a high association with tic disorders, and many times the treatments can exacerbate, expose or better yet unmask the tics to a degree.
Picking the skin can be one of those nervous type tics that hyperactive people exhibit (or nail or cuticle biting, etc). Second, , many of the adhd meds are stimulants, same general class as caffeine or nicotine, and stimulants may stimulate tics.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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