My morning writer’s ritual is as predictable as it is contemporary: Walk the dog. Down a cup of coffee. Eat my shredded wheat. And, twice a week—sometimes three times—I flip open my vial of Adderall, tip out one of the 15-milligram peach tabs, and break it in half. For a moment the bitterness burns my tongue, and then down it goes.
The Adderall addition to my routine started three years ago, after I happened upon 60 Minutes one evening and caught a segment titled “Boosting Brain Power.” It was an examination of the Adderall epidemic on college campuses nationwide, and I found myself quickly drawn into it.
Is non-prescription Adderall ethical, even if it works?
Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.
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The use of so-called ‘smart drugs’, bought on the internet, to boost mental performance is rife in British universities. So can we all benefit from ‘having an edge’, or is it just a form of cheating that should be banned?
Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what's known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs.
For years, popular "smart drugs" have been abused on college campuses by students desperate to write an A+ paper in the wee hours before deadline, and use of the pills have spread to professionals, too. But all that money and jittery anxiety might be for nothing,
No one should be surprised that so many at work use stimulant medications designed to treat ADHD. We have known for years that many students routinely turn to stimulant medications.
The pill is known by an old brand name, Captagon. While it's by and large a run-of-the-mill amphetamine, Captagon has drawn more attention in the past few years due to its apparent use among ISIS recruits and other Syrian fighters, many of whom reportedly pop the pill before running into battle.
A link between affinity for a drug and susceptibility to a condition.
In 2010, when Raphael was a first-semester college freshman struggling to get through finals, he did what it seemed like all his friends were doing: he got an Adderall from a fellow student and holed up in the library. It was the first time he’d tried the stimulant—a mixture of amphetamine salts often prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—which is often used off-label as a “study drug” by those not diagnosed with the disorder.
It's no secret that stimulant medications such as Adderall that are prescribed to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are sometimes used as "study drugs" aimed at boosting cognitive performance.
Adderall and other ADHD medications are among the most prescribed drugs in America.
Quite a few of those pills don't end up being used to treat ADHD, though. They're used as "smart drugs" or "study drugs" by students who find the pills give them a mental edge.
Nonprescription use of stimulants is a growing problem for young people, bringing not only a risk of overdose and addiction but also damage to sleep.
Depressives have Prozac, worrywarts have Valium, gym rats have steroids, and overachievers have Adderall. Usually prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (read Sydney Spiesel in Slate on the risks and benefits), the drug is a cocktail of amphetamines that increases alertness, concentration, and mental-processing speed and decreases fatigue.
Overachievers are popping Adderall to get ahead. Is that a good idea?
A few years ago Adderall was touted as a “smart pill.” But after research showed little or no improvement in cognition under its influence, Adderall is now gaining a reputation as a “productivity pill.”
I wish I could say that since then I've never had the urge to take Adderall, but the truth is that I pretty much always think things would be easier if I was on it. But easier is no longer what I want in my life, and that knowledge came from taking the time to learn about myself the right way. Cheesy, maybe. Honest, yes.
Adderall is a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If you take it without an ADHD diagnosis you might not get the results you're looking for—and could have some unwanted side effects.
The use of attention deficit disorder medication in the workplace may be on the rise, but some people do benefit from it. My longtime boyfriend, Hunter, takes medication for his A.D.H.D., since the ability to focus for an extended period of time has always eluded him. To be an IT specialist in his workplace, he needs Adderall to be able to work efficiently and effectively.
Women are filling prescriptions for A.D.H.D. drugs like Adderall in growing numbers, government researchers report. The finding raises questions about an uptick in diagnoses once reserved only for children and adolescents.
A step beyond caffeine, Adderall and other common ADHD medications can improve productivity and focus—even when medical necessity remains debatable.