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Student nearly fails out of college because of refusing ADHD treatment

By Brad On April 18, 2011 No Comments

This is a story about a young lady in our ADHD support group.

She was very intelligent and always did very well in school. (Though, we learned later that it was always a struggle for her to complete her work and do assignments.)

She was accepted into one of the top 5 universities in the US, but when she started attending college that’s when her ADHD caught up with her, her world started falling apart, and she nearly failed out of college.

(We see this pattern quite often…a child can live OK with their untreated/undiagnosed ADHD because they have a strong family support system (usually the mother) who does almost everything for them. Then when they leave home, that support system is not there anymore, they have to start surviving on their own, and then their whole world collapses in upon them. That’s when so many people realize that they have ADHD.)

Actually, we

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ADHD Medications Enhancing Student Performance

By Brad On April 18, 2011 No Comments

There are pockets of activity in certain parts of the country where people take ADHD medication as a study aid. According to this article…”…there are “clusters” of smart-drug use in the northeast states where high performances are demanded at prestigious schools such as Harvard and Yale.”

I have heard about this several times from different high school and college students. Apparently in some schools it’s quite common for some kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD to sell their medications to students as “study aids”.

Stimulant medications will almost certainly cause a non-ADHD person to have better concentration, and so, in theory, be able to study better. Back in the day, people would just buy “speed” or “uppers” to get this effect. Now, it’s apparently much easier to find some unscrupulous fellow-student to be your “dealer”.

I’ve often heard the fact that ADHD medications have this effect on those

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FDA on ADHD Medications – No Need For Stiffer Warnings

By Brad On April 13, 2011 No Comments

The FDA says stiffer warnings are not needed at this time for ADHD medications although they do plan on releasing a full report “after the results of the final analyses are evaluated.”

The FDA started this probe and investigation after it was reported that there were 564 unexplained deaths of children, and of those 564 children, 10 of them were taking stimulant medications for ADHD.

The FDA concluded that there was no correlation found at this time between the deaths and the medication, although they are continuing to look at the data.

Of course we want to be aware of any potential dangers that medications may cause, and for that reason it’s important to keep this all in perspective. While there are isolated cases of deaths from all sorts of medications, in the grand scheme of things, the number of possible deaths related to stimulant medications is very, very small indeed.

Contrast that to

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