WHY Parents, Schools, and Doctors should discourage use of [frequent prescription of]Ritalin/ Adderall types of drugs to control undesirable behaviors in students
WHY Parents, Schools, and Doctors should discourage use of [frequent prescription of] Ritalin/ Adderall types of drugs to control undesirable behaviors in students
Ritalin, a methylphenidate, and Adderall, which is an amphetamine, are examples of stimulant medication prescribed to children and adults who have been diagnosed with the ADHD, an acronym for the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Dahl, 2001). People with the disorder mentioned below seemingly experience more impulsiveness, hyperactivity, or a problem in paying attention compared to the people of the same age. The USCDC insists that the prevalence of the disorder is rising in the U.S., particularly amongst children between the ages of four and seventeen.
People with acute and chronic usage, particularly adolescents, prescription stimulants serve to have a calming and focus effect on such individuals. Consistent use of these prescription stimulants has been blamed on brain dopamine (Lakhan and Kirchgessner, 2012; Fone and Nutt 2005). These medications can be prescribed to the individuals for daily usage, and is given as pills to the patients. Ritalin and Adderall are fond of promoting wakefulness, and literature research has established that they do no play any role in the enhancement of learning or even thinking ability when ingested by the people with the disorder. Research indicates that students who have a prolonged usage of the prescription stimulants have a seemingly low GPA in school compared to those people who do not take prescription drugs (Lakhan and Kirchgessner, 2012).
Prescriptions stimulants are often taken in very high quantities or even in a different pattern to the manner prescribed. The drugs have been known to suppress appetite, increase focus, and can be used for performance enhancement by the frequent users of the drug. Further, they can be used by the frequent users for recreational reasons, and euphoria can be produced when the pills are absorbed.
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