An In-Depth Analysis on the Prescription of Stimulant Medication as a Treatment for ADHD

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Stimulant medication could be the miracle drug, or the most harmful thing to hit the younger generations. Medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are playing a prominent role in many adolescents’ lives, or the lives of people close to them. There is an “underground market” for medications like these, and the market is growing quickly. Whether just to make sure they pass that next test, or if they really believe they need it, stimulants’ popularity is soaring, and not just among adolescents but doctors as well. Stimulant medication / therapy is being prescribed at a growing rate, leading to many cases of misuse and diversion that can severely affect the users entire life, and play a very unclear part in any other substance abuse they…show more content…
Rather, they believe the largely inconclusive genetic results to be rather a sign of the way the patient was raised, and the culture they became a part of. Regardless, ADD and ADHD are being diagnosed much more commonly than in previous generations, and with the growing popularity of prescribing this medication, an unprecedented number of adolescents and adults are already legally in possession. Without proper monitoring and education, illegal users may be impacted by their use for the rest of their lives. Some of the more common side effects include loss of appetite, restlessness, stomach aches, insomnia, headaches, and anorexia. Effects such as these, especially without proper monitoring by a medical professional, can be very severe, if not fatal. While practically all who take stimulants are at risk of this, the risk of complications goes up for someone tremendously once they take over the recommended dosage. Overdosing on stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall most reliably result in “euphoria, delirium, confusion, toxic psychosis, and hallucinations,” along with “schizophrenic symptoms, manic-like states, psychoses, depressions (especially during withdrawal), and various types of anxiety conditions including panic states” being commonly reported

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