A study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, based on a survey completed in 9 American universities found that 29 percent of college students take ADHD medication mistakenly believe it will help boost their grades. Conducted by experts at New York University Langone Medical Center, based on input from 6962 students without an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis from nine U.S. colleges. Although there are drug-free treatments for ADHD, many students still resort to a quick fix in form of stimulant medication. While many natural remedies for ADHD and Learning Disabilities are offered by many stores and practitioners, only a serious clinically proven neuro-cognitive therapy and training, which is regarded a natural, drug- free treatment can produce long terms results.
The growing use of ADHD medication was also the subject of a 2016 Journal Sentinel article, “Abuse of ADHD drugs following path of opioids,” which stated, “The drugs — which have been heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry — have left a trail of misuse, addiction and death,” and that since 2013, there have been more than 19,000 reports made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of complications from ADHD medication, most of which are stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.
Experts warn that over-use stimulants, if used without a prescription can lead to insomina and high blood pressure and an increase in heart disease.
Because of their side-effects, doctors are more careful when prescribing such medication and consumers should learn more about potential side-effects associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders related stimulant medication
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