Encapsulating the Truth of ADD/ADHD Medications
Modern American society provides it's young people with a plethora of contradicting paradigms, all of which are built upon simplistic ideas of the best possible means of success. Study your notes and you'll ace the test, read the chapter and you'll comprehend the material, just pay attention and you'll be fine. When the reality that even the easiest of tasks such as studying, reading, or paying attention have the potential to become academic nightmares, those looking for a shortcut have resorted to using ADD/ADHD prescription medications to power through and make the grade. Truthfully, this method works; ask anyone who's ever been lucky enough to score a free pill from their buddy, who fortunate for them, has a legal prescription. What many tend to forget about this growing “problem” with American youth is the friend not only has a legal prescription that's been prescribed by a medical doctor or psychiatrist, they also have a medical diagnosis of a brain disorder. They probably spent years in a classroom lectured by their teacher for being “lazy”, “disorganized”, followed by the classic “Focus!” They may have skated by with average grades, assuming like most that this was just a personality flaw and that they would grow out of it and worst of all, settling with academic mediocrity.
As complicated as its diagnosis is the argument of whether or not ADHD prescription drugs are beneficial to the patient as well as society as a whole. Standing in opposition of any claims that these drugs are “over-prescribed” and “detrimental” to young Americans is any personal testimony of those who have found inner-peace with the “personality flaws” they had previously possessed as described above. Standing in opposition alongside those testimonials are the decades of clinical studies in regards to diagnosis, as well as treatment options for this disorder (Clemmitt). While some may argue that popping a pill is no cure for a mental deficiency, the success rating of extended-release prescription drugs such as Vyvanse, or Adderall XR, has proven far greater than endless hours in behavioral therapy (Shire). Much like the solutions that other psychiatric drugs such as anti-depressants have provided for those with depression, these prescription drugs have been able to create order in the misfiring of signals in one's brain; a feat that no new studying technique could attempt to accomplish.
Regardless of one's personal stance on the subject, the facts are simple. These medications currently under the social microscope of critics that include educators, doctors, peers, politicians etc. are proven methods of treatment for the patient diagnosed (Clemmitt). Most importantly, majority of the critics are those who have never been diagnosed with the disorder themselves, therefore they cannot accurately assess the potential harms of these drugs to the individual inflicted with the disorder.
As a mental disorder, ADD/ADHD is...