Adderall for writing papers
Before you try performance-enhancing drugs, I think you need to examine why you’re having problems studying. Are you just not interested in the material? Maybe you need to be studying something that captures your imagination. Are you depressed? In that case, if you can’t find an underlying cause, you may need antidepressants or therapy or both.
I recently got a prescription for Adderall. I’ve had trouble with procrastination and some other behavior typically associated with adult ADHD.
On a typical day, I’ll eat a big breakfast, then take a pill. About an hour later I’ll get a sense of euphoria and go into the zone. The euphoria wears off after another hour or so but for the next few hours I’m able to concentrate really well on whatever I’m doing.
The most noticeable side effect for me has been loss of appetite. It’s kinda creepy for me to look at my watch, realize I haven’t eaten in 8 hours, and not feel hungry at all. I also notice sometimes that I’m thirsty, but don’t bother getting a drink because I’m too engrossed in whatever I’m working on.
greengirl512 is right though. I still have to force myself to start working. But once I start I don’t stop. It’s the same for books and video games too. In a way it’s like replacing ADHD with OCD.
I think it’s worth trying. If you’re 21 and in college it shouldn’t be hard to get a pill, but I would recommend scheduling an appointment with a doctor and telling him or her what you’ve told us. With most health insurance, a month’s prescription will cost you what a single pill would cost you from a dealer.
How so? I don’t think taking Adderall with or without ADHD has any different effect on the body. The doctor needs to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure closely either way.
edit: Down voted. for what? I’m asking for a citation. FWIW, I have first hand experience and am (legitimately/legally) on Adderall.
For example, its got a high chance of ending up poorly if you have any sleep issues, if you have depression, if you have an addictive personality, if you’re an alcoholic, or if you smoke weed (generally the paranoia one experiences from weed can make amphetamines even more dangerous).
I think that’s why folks are downvoting you. You might have a small point here, but its rather nitpicky. If you don’t have ADD and you’re using Adderall all the time, I’d bet money its going to hurt someone, which is all the OP said.
All I’m saying is there are health risks regardless of your ADHD. It isn’t as if having ADHD magically makes me immune to the side effects of Adderall. I have trouble sleeping at times and other weird effects, too. I keep my doctor up to date and get regularly checked up on.
Also, you can have ADHD and be an alcoholic / smoke weed / be paranoid / depressed. As I said, I 100% agree you should go to a doctor. I’m just saying that my ADHD doesn’t give me “amphetamine immunity” or anything magical.
2. Completely agreed — if you take a lot of Adderall, it can be bad regardless of whether or not you have ADD. One of the common bad outcomes results from a lack of sleep after prolonged use, and that happens across the board.
3. I meant to say that if you’re an alcoholic / smoke weed / depressed / addictive personality — you should be screened from taking Adderall, not that you can’t have ADHD. In fact, many folks self-medicate their ADD by smoking weed.
There are other threads here on hackers’ experience with ritalin / adderal / their benefits, addiction potential, and side effects. There has also been an item in news in last couple days about a cardiac death for a teen prescribed one of these stimulants. Buyer (and patient) be ware: especially if your doc has not checked you out for contraindications.
I doubt it’s that simple. ADHD isn’t one disease. It’s a lot of things lumped together under one name.
Here’s an excerpt from wikipedia:
> DSM-IV criteria > I. Either A or B: A. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level: > Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities. > Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions). > Often has trouble organizing activities. > Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework). > Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools). > Is often easily distracted. > Often forgetful in daily activities.
Note that these vague criteria don’t mention physical causes, making it highly unlikely that there’s one clear physical cause for ADD in different people.
That brings me to what I don’t believe:
> With kids at least: it is paradoxical how “hyper” kids are calmed by the use of stimulants – unlike the effects of stimulants on the rest of us.
If there is no clear physical cause, then how likely is this?
In short, though the causes may be as varied as genetic in origin to pre-frontal cortex injury in a collision (injuries sustained in front-end crashes which significantly damage the PFC can lead to ADHD-like symptoms), they all lead to similar systemic failures. These similar failures appear to respond quite similarly to stimulant treatment. The key here is that we’re treating a systemic problem rather than addressing a specific origin.
After a lifetime of facing judgment, criticism, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and most importantly denial that our condition is even valid, many of us have learned to be sensitive about this matter. We’ve struggled without much societal support, and defended ourselves against wave after wave of attacks on the very existence of our condition, even since childhood.
It’s hard to live a childhood with accusations of willful laziness (at best) and trouble-making (at worst) looming over your head. It’s even harder to eventually mature, and see children around you suffering the same fate. So you get a little bit angry, a measure defensive, and very sensitive.
It’s obvious upon rereading that this is not what you where saying though, and for that I apologize.Adderall for writing papers Before you try performance-enhancing drugs, I think you need to examine why you’re having problems studying. Are you just not interested in the material? Maybe you ]]>