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Updated on May 18, 2014

Brain On and Off Adderall

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects individuals ages 7 and up. There are three different classifications to ADHD, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive, and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. The differences between them are:

  1. Predominantly Hyperactive- Impulsive,inability to sit still, fidgety, active at all times, has trouble controlling their behavior, and they interrupt and have no patience.
  2. Predominantly Inattentive- People with ADHD struggle more with focus,making careless mistakes, difficulties with organizational skills, and trouble listening.
  3. combined Type- Meets the qualifications of both 1 and 2.

There appears to be a difference in a brain with ADHD compared to a normal brain. The differences are: in the prefrontal cortex , which is responsible for decision making and the motor cortex is over - developed.

Places it is Banned

Adderall is a form of amphetamine used in a limited number of countries. the countries that banned Adderall are , Asia, Taiwan, South Korea and a few others. Why are they banned? That is a good question , one that I have been trying to find out but I have had no luck finding the reasons.


The statistics of adderall
The statistics of adderall

How Does Adderall Work?

Adderall comes in two types- ER or IR . ER is extended release and IR is instant release both forms are suitable for ADHD. Adderall counteracts ADHD and narcolepsy by releasing adrenaline and can cause feeling of energy similar to the feeling after you've exercise . Adderall has the same effect on someone that does not have ADHD to those that do suffer from ADHD but since they dso not have the disability , the effect from the Adderall is much much stronger. It puts someone in a state of focus that is much stronger than the average student which is far far beyond normal.

Focus and Concentration

Because of the reports of improvements in concentration and focus, it has led to being used illegally by students enabling them to concentrate for longer period of time. Adderall has also been used as a recreational drug due to the feeling of euphoria, but once the effect of the adderall wears off it can make users feel tired , irritable and depressed. I wonder how many students would still abuse this substance after knowing the effects it can have on one.


images of different dosages
images of different dosages | Source


I believe that every school especially colleges should have an assembly on Adderall as well as other substances. These kids have no idea the dangers of these substances and I feel that if colleges would have speakers come in once a month on different substances that just maybe some kids will listen and hopefully have a different outlook on substance abuse. That is just my opinion though. I do not believe that schools are really doing too much when it comes to saving and educating our children on the dangers or substance abuse. I also feel that kids will listen a lot better hearing it from someone they do not know. What kid really wants to listen to their parents rambling about drugs? I know when I was younger I did not want to listen to really anything my mother said but when it came to others and hearing their stories and what they have been through and how substance abuse effected their lives as well as everyone else's around them I LISTENED. I just do not feel there is enough being done. Adderall is so popular in colleges because kids do not want to fail , they have so much cramming to do when it comes to testing and studying and getting the work done that instead of finding a better solution they opted out and took the easy way by taking Adderall to stay awake. Remember I am not speaking for anyone else but myself. these are just my opinions.

Do you Think Enough is Being Done?

Do you think enough is being done to educate our children on the dangers of Adderall and other substance?

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Side effects

Adderall effects the heart rate and can lead to cardiovascular complications. there is a loss of appetite, headaches, sleep apnea , etc. The list goes on and on but that is the same with any substance. People that take to much and wind up with an acute overdose with amphetamines ( an ingredient in Adderall) an have tremors , restlessness, hallucinations, confusion, hyperreflexia, panic states and so much more.


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