Of course the side effects go far beyond the physical. Heroin users also suffer from the psychological effects of heroin, starting with rapidly shifting and prioritizing their life differently. They quickly separate the world into two groups of people: those they are using heroin with, and those that they do not. You can imagine how this alters their relationships and how they spend their time. Thus the use of the drug can have a huge social impact on people as well. The addict may find themselves hanging out with a crowd that they normally would not associate with. This can lead them to another side of the addiction that they probably did not count on in the beginning: behavior.
The public debate about the potential overmedication of children with ADHD drugs has been more vocal than concerns about antipsychotics or antidepressants, in part because medicating children is an emotional issue. About 4 million children — or 8 percent of all youths in the United States — have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than half of them take prescription drugs. The subjective nature of ADHD symptoms, along with varying reports about children's behavior from parents and teachers, has made it difficult for researchers to untangle the reasons for the increase in diagnosis of ADHD.