Category: He Said, She Said
The last few weeks of every semester seems to revive the adderall conversation. As a voice, however big or small, I feel compelled to share my experience and thoughts on this wonder drug. Plus, Bradley Cooper just recently made a giant commercial for adderall. See: Limitless.
Moving past the whole illegal drug use thing, which we certainly do not condone, the benefits of adderall use outweigh the detriments. This observation comes from someone who is not prescribed the drug and has not used it heavily.
Finals bring additional stress and pressure on top of the biggest stress in our lives: our education. Whether it is the final push to make it through the class or the realization that we ruined a semester for whatever reason, the final weeks can be brutal. Enter adderall. Although used to cure attention deficit, this pill gives you the edge you may just need. Numerous universities and institutions have recognized this, going as far as considering adderall use an unfair advantage.
The worst side effect if not used heavily: you may get distracted and clean your house. For five hours. Or, get engaged in a three hour conversation about the existence of a higher being. Oh, those don’t seem all that bad? I agree.
As we all know finals are slowly approaching and the use of caffeine and energy drinks increases as students attempt to pull all nighters and study for long never ending hours. Everyone has their own way to studying but some are more extreme than others. Over the past five or so years the popularity of stimulant drugs such as Adderall has increased in some college students studying routines. It is commonly known that these drugs are prescribed to patients diagnosed with ADD, ADHD and even narcolepsy. These drugs are inevitable in college life and have become even easier to access. Many opinions differ when it comes to the use of these drugs by people who are prescribed or have taken it without a prescription.
I have been diagnosed with ADHD since I was fifteen years old. In the beginning, I was originally prescribed to Adderall or in other words prescription cocaine. At first, I felt the medicine was helping. I was paying better attention in class, doing my homework and being more active but after about four months things started to change. I became irritable, nauseas and had very little to no appetite. My doctor took me off the Adderall saying it was increasing my anxiety and if I were to continue taking the drug I would have most likely had a melt down. I learned to deal with my ADHD without a prescription until I became a freshman here at KSU in 2009. I had done research on my own on a new stimulant drug called Vyvanse. Vyvanse treats the same diseases as Adderall but has shown reduced negative side effects in patients with anxiety disorders as well. Some of my friends in my dorm were prescribed to Vyvanse.
Before I wanted to go through all the trouble of finding a doctor to prescribe me to Vyvanse if it didn’t have a positive effect on me. I took Vyvanse about ten times until I decided this could be a possibility. A therapist at Kent State’s Health Center recommended me to a doctor here in Kent to possibly prescribe me with Vyvanse. Since then I have been taking Vyvanse but only during the school year. The difference I found in Vyvanse and Adderall is you’re not as shaky, jittery and starve yourself. I personally choose not to take Vyvanse unless I am in school because I do not want to become completely dependent on this drug. Some students will or have taken these drugs at some point or another and if you do I’m about to sound like you’re mother. I can’t make you not take them but I can tell you to take precautions to what and especially to how much you are taking.