It’s a well-known semi-secret fact that some students take study drugs to enhance their academic performance. And new articles are pointing out what should have been obvious — that taking prescription ADHD drugs when you do not have the disorder can cause psychological problems.
With more students able to buy the pills or to fake the symptoms to get a prescription, study drug abuse is considered a growing problem.
An ABC article points to a suicide of a Vanderbilt student last May as just one example of someone who used Adderall improperly, and on whom the drug worked in a negative way. Between 2000 and 2005, the FDA recorded about 1,000 cases of psychosis or mania associated with drugs like Aderall, according to ABC. Extended use of the drug has been linked to depressed mood, increased anxiety, and higher rates of aggression, psychosis and suicide, as well as the rare but irreversible onset of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Is getting an A on a midterm really worth the risk?