Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

1590 Words Jun 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder that is treated with stimulant drugs, methylphenidate (Ritalin) and mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall) (“Towards responsible use” 2008). ADHD symptoms can be diagnosed in a child or an adult, and when treated with Ritalin or Adderall it helps to increase attention span, and decrease impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity (Advokat & Scheithauer 2013) within the individual. While this is good for people with ADHD, psychologists are finding more and more use of these stimulant drugs by healthy college students. Non-ADHD, healthy college students use these stimulant drugs to enhance cognitive performance in school. Those who are for using stimulants in school see it as a tool to help them study. Those who are against using stimulants in school see it as an unfair advantage against the students who are not using these drugs. This has raised a debate of whether or not using these stimulants is classified as cheating, whether the stimulants have an effect on the academic performance of college students, and the dangers and possible side effects of using stimulant neuroenhancing drugs. Before we can get into the debate fully, one must ask how these stimulant drugs could get into the hands of these students so easily. People with ADHD are commonly diagnosed with the disorder by a doctor and subsequently supplied with the treatment options of Ritalin or Adderall. But, the reality is, sometimes people can get a…
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