Last week, the NY Times broke a story suggesting stimulant abuse among high school students was nearing an all-time high.
They alleged kids at high-pressure schools abuse Ritalin and Adderall to improve SAT scores, raise GPAs, and ultimately get into more competitive universities.
As alarming as this degree of prescription drug abuse seems, there is debate as to whether the Times’ numbers are entirely accurate or indicative of the population as a whole.
Regardless of the percentages, the dangers of misusing stimulants as "study boosters" is very real.
Kids who snort or overuse them could develop symptoms like depression, psychosis, and heart irregularities — and the long-term dangers of are still relatively unknown!
Students even admit these study stimulants occasionally act as gateway drugs — with painkillers and heroin possibly coming down the line!
We’re not sure there is an easy solution here but perhaps society is putting unrealistic pressure on its children to succeed at too young of an age!
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Tags: adderall, drug abuse, high school, ritalin, sat scores
Faking sick isn’t just for middle-school kids trying to cut class!
A new survey found that nearly 25% of adults fake or exaggerate ADHD symptoms in order to get prescribed Adderall.
For people with ADHD, drugs like Adderall and Ritalin give users a sense of calm. For people without ADHD, the drugs basically act as mental performance enhancers, allowing them to concentrate better.
The problem with this is that doctors are trying harder and harder to avoid giving healthy people these drugs, which means that they are enacting stricter protocols for diagnoses, potentially making it harder for people who actually have ADHD to get the medicine they need.
The bottom line: Don’t fake your way into a prescription — you could be hurting someone else in the process!
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Tags: adderall, adhd, ritalin
Sometimes the best medicine is a little fresh air…
Or at least that’s what new research on ADHD says.
A growing body of research suggests that exercising outside can have a positive effect on kids with ADHD.
Said researcher Dr. David L. Katz:
“When my colleagues and I conducted a study of our school-based physical activity program, ABC for Fitness, one of the findings was a 33% reduction in medication use for ADHD! I have long said that rambunctiousness in kids is normal and should be treated with recess, not Ritalin.”
Doctors recommend that kids be active outside at least twice a week to help out with ADHD.
If your kid has ADHD, kick them out of the house a few times a week and get them moving!
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Tags: adhd, exercise, recess, ritalin