Amphetamine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Amphetamine. This includes Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, as well as prescription amphetamines such as Ritalin, Concerta or Adderall. It is defined by having at least
three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:
1. Tolerance: The need to use increasing amounts of Amphetamines in order to get the same level of intoxication, or using the regular amount of Amphetamine doesn’t cause as strong an effect.
2 . Withdrawal: A specific set of symptoms that individuals experience when they stop taking Amphetamine. Symptoms may include irritability, depression, thoughts of suicide, excessive sleepiness or increased appetite.
3. Using larger amounts of Amphetamine and for longer periods than intended.
4. Persistent desire or repeated unsuccessful attempts to quit using Amphetamine.
5. Spending excessive amounts of time trying to get Amphetamines, being intoxicated or recovering from Amphetamine use.
6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities given up or reduced because of Amphetamine use.
7. The individual continues to use Amphetamine despite knowledge of negative consequences (i.e. physical illness, relationship problems, job difficulty etc.)