What's the Deal With Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription drug that is prescribed to those who suffer from ADHD/ADD symptoms. This drug helps improve concentration and reduce impulsiveness. As a result, Adderall is an extremely popular drug for college students. However, this being a prescription drug I questioned whether or not it is safe to take this brain enhancing pill without having ADHD/ADD.


So we know that Adderall helps improve concentration but how does it work? Adderall comes in capsule form and each capsule is filled with stimulants like amphetamines and extroamphetamines (sounds dangerous). These stimulants help improve concentration by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These chemicals in the brain are responsible for transmitting signals between nerves which is why it can help one control their restlessness/impulsiveness. 

So is ADD/ADHD a hoax or is it a legitimate medical condition that requires this concentration drug? There is plenty of debate on this topic but it's come down to this: everybody has some level of restlessness/inability to concentrate but some have this disability more then others. However, there is no scientific test to determine whether or not somebody actually has ADHD/ADD. As a result, the problem arises that practically anybody can get a prescription to Adderall as long as they play their cards right. Purposely failing concentration tests in the doctors office can easily convince the doctor that you have ADHD/ADD thus getting a prescription. 

So what's the big deal? 

Adderall is a highly addictive drug. It increases focus, causes feelings of euphoria, and reduces anxiety - whats not to love? Abusing this drug can cause many detrimental long term and even short term effects. Because of its addictiveness, when a frequent user goes without it for a while it can cause extreme impulsiveness and anxiety. Your body will crave this drug that it has grown so comfortable with. More extreme cases include depression, paranoia, and death. 

This being said, is it really worth popping these pills to possibly ace an exam? This is a decision that you as an individual must make yourself (your doctor can't even help much!)


Your post is really interesting. Its intriguing to learn what adderall does to the body and why it effects us the way it does. However, I think its a little over the top to state how "highly addictive" it is. Its a prescribed drug for ADHD/ADD and it all depends on how the person uses it. Depression, paranoia, and death because of the withdrawal of adderall is a little extreme. I think more realistic effects of abusing adderall are less extreme, such a feeling a sudden "crash" once the drug wears off, and feeling tired and sluggish. Death and depression are in very rare cases, so that shouldn't be something to deter people from using adderall if they and their doctor find it necessary to control their ADHD/ADD.

This is a very interesting topic because it seems like everywhere you turn, there are college kids talking about adderall or how bad they need it. The first time I learned about this addictive drug was in high school when everyone was taking the SATs. Kids everywhere were freaking out about how long and dreary the tests were, and how adderall is the only thing that could help them focus throughout the duration of the exam. I never tried adderall because I thought it was just a fad and that kids were only using it to "make" them think that it was actually helping them focus more. Being said, I do not think popping these pills is worth getting hooked on something that you do not actually need. Why even risk taking something that you do not actually need and having the possibility of acquiring depression? It is pointless. If people really think that they are failing tests because they cannot focus, than that is a problem they should figure out without taking a pill. Getting hooked on pills is nothing that should be taken lightly.

I never realized the extent of the effects of adderall. A few of my friends have been taking it since they began college for big exams and finals. I was tempted to try it, but thought since it was made more people with ADD than it would have to have some effects when people without it take it.
When they found out adderall not only helped them concentrate, but lose weight as well, I felt even more tempted. I found this article on MSNBC.com where they show reports of women becoming so addicted to the weight loss effects of adderall that it is hard for them to completely ever stop taking it. There is also an interesting story of a doctor who began prescribing the drug for weight loss in children who did Not have ADD.

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