Brainy Culture: Adderall

I’m sure you’ve seen drugs like Adderall publicized on a television show – or perhaps you know someone in real life who has taken Adderall, as they see it’s their only way to make that extra two hundred points on the SAT – or more than likely, you know someone who takes the drug because they actually deal with ADD or ADHD. Regardless of where you’ve seen it, you know it’s out there. Many are prescribed this drug each year to help give them some solace, but the brainy culture of high school and college students buy it illegally, then take it to improve their scholastic efforts.

The mentality of a lot of today's "brainy" youth. (photo by Cainad)

The mentality of a lot of today’s “brainy” youth. (photo by Cainad)

Although we have to question how “brainy” these kids are (a better word would be “desperate,”) it doesn’t make the seriousness of this drug any less important. From speaking to those who have admitted to doing these drugs for recreational purposes, they are “more chatty,” “…[able to] do better in school,” and “…lose weight a lot quicker.”

Of course, from an outsider looking in, or even a health professional, this is a dangerous, dangerous drug to mess with. It simply was not designed for the average person who can focus on their own. According to today, a dad claims that Adderall changed his son. The boy in question was much like other children who abuse this drug – smart, ambitious, and seemingly, having their head on their shoulders. Then he became addicted to the drug, ultimately ending up with him in a psychiatric breakdown. Then he hung himself from a bedroom closet in 2011. People in this situation may want to consider seeking help for Adderall abuse.

How could you go from a smart, ambitious, head-on-your-shoulders person and then all of a sudden, spiral into someone that nobody knows? Someone who would become so severely depressed that he would commit suicide? The answer is simply that this drug wasn’t made to be abused.

Unfortunately, the drugs do not even work that well over time for those who have ADD and ADHD. They even change the people who take them – which is why there is a lively market for Adderall. There are people who want to take them, but don’t need them, and there are people who take them, but don’t want them. As quoted from that same article, “Although the Food and Drug Administration has warned of a slightly increased risk of psychiatric problems from Adderall abuse, Richard’s suicide is an extreme, rare reaction to the drug.”

It doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. Or your friend who is abusing it for the first time. The scary thing about it is that students will never believe they are addicted when they “only use it for academic purposes.” Frankly, when you are in high school or college, you do have an urgency with due dates and big tests that make the use of Adderall more likely.

As it turns out, brynmawr.edu claims that 1 in every 5 high school students have taken Adderall at one point or another. In the same article, a journalist describes that he was clearing away the “underbrush” that had been hindering his performance.

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