When used under a doctors guidance, Adderall, Ritalin, and similar medications can be effective in controlling ADHD. But pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants, says The New York Times.
Employees – white collar and blue collar alike – abuse them too, for the energy and focus they can provide. And yet the cost of such abuse is high, leading to ever-increasing addiction that produces serious physical and psychological problems.
This video follows Randy, a young man with no history of ADHD who began abusing Adderall in high school to improve his performance and, having later dropped out of college, relies on it to enable him to work for days at a time as a handyman for his grandmother. Commentary is provided by Jeffrey Strawn, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, and Richard L. Baum, a psychologist with A.S.A.P., the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.
Viewing time: 15 minutes. Closed-captioned. 2014. Purchase options: DVD, 3-year Streaming, or DVD and 3-year Streaming; please see the Product Options box above when ordering.
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