Why The Use Of Stimulants Among Workers Is On The Rise

By alexa ancheta, Parent Herald January 10, 08:49 am
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The drug Adderall is primarily used for ADHD but it is being used by students and workers to keep themselves active and awake.
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Drugs like Adderall are primarily used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But it has also become popular as a study drug used by students to keep their eyes open until they finish studying for the examinations.

Today, it is also being used by workers who want to work harder or become more competitive in their jobs. The high level of competition among workers on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley has increased the demand for these drugs.

Even other professionals are taking stimulants to make sure they remain at the top of their game. Unknown to these people, Adderall can be addictive and deadly. The story of Richard Fee, a medical student who killed himself after becoming addicted to the drug, is a good example.

According to Lifezette, many people consider the drug as their ticket to success in school, work and even life. It is considered a golden pill because it can also help in weight loss.

Some people have become wise enough to mimic the symptoms of ADHD so they can get a prescription for the stimulant. The acknowledged father of ADHD, Dr. Keith Conners, has started to campaign against the misdiagnosis of ADHD following Fee's case.

Adderall is both an amphetamine and a dextroamphetamine that comes in the form of a capsule or tablet, as per Healthline. It is a substance controlled by the federal government and should only be taken under medical supervision.

Along with behavioral therapy, it is ideal for ADHD as it improves the attention span and behavior of the patient. Adderall, however, has some side effects including headaches, nervousness and restlessness.

Forbes said workers who misuse the drug to enhance their performance should be warned before it's too late. Addiction to these stimulants don't happen in one day but people should be wary about its use and watch out for possible abuse among friends, family and colleagues

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