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Adderall on Campus: Students Just Don't Get ADHD or How the Med Levels the Playing Field for Me

Exam time jump-starts the hunt for Adderall by students who want an edge, and a total disregard for those who actually need it.

4 Comments: Adderall on Campus: Students Just Don't Get ADHD or How the Med Levels the Playing Field for Me

  1. My analogy of comparing ADD/ADHD is apropos, so go re-read my post above and see if it finally makes sense. So, to you all you young kids who don’t have the life experiences I’ve had, believe me, I know what I’m talking about. Yeah, I live with caution because being discovered in the for-profit business world will be a career ender.

    To publicly admit this will give you an unenviable label. Wait until you get fired and your ex-bosses will never tell you the truth as to why. I’ve always been considered a somewhat eccentric nerd but giving yourself a bad label will confirm the worst suspicions of your peers. Capiche?

    And how long can you survive on a meager unemployment check? Ever had that experience? Huh? Believe me, it sucks. OK, don’t believe me; some people learn the hard way. Without thinking, ADD/ADHD sufferers have a tendency to blurt out what’s on their minds. So don’t let your own mouth be your own worst enemy.

    If you need help, get help. And read ADDitude for its wise counsel.

  2. Coby, thank you for sharing your story. This is such a sore subject for me. Even in high school this has been happening. Some parents with neuro-typical kids think it’s ok medicating their child so they potentially can do better on a test. As you say, there goes the level playing field for those with ADHD who have to work 5 times as hard. Doctors prescribing to those that truly do not have ADHD should lose their licenses. Unfortunately students selling need to stop and realize they are hurting themselves and others with ADHD. Schools around the country need to educate all students about this but unfortunately in this current climate of selfishness, I’m not sure it will help that much. Fortunately our son is now in a private school where students with learning differences are not treated any differently than neuro-typical kids. Congrats to you on being at Columbia : )

  3. Did you really just compare a neurological disorder to an STD? What’s it like to live with that level of fear of who you actually are being discovered?

  4. I direct this to no particular person. Unlike recent college grads, I have been around the block with over 40 years with for-profit corporations, so listen to me! They tolerate no mistakes, missed deadlines or what they perceive as mealy-mouth excuses of mental health problems. By law, you are not legally required to disclose any health problems (with an exception for airplane pilots). So I say DON’T unless you want to sign the death warrant on your own career.

    If you don’t want a fight, why pick a fight? What difference does it make if your peer group is smoking pot? Why would you care? I’ve had ADD since I was 6 and I will not reveal it even if waterboarded. To admit this in the workplace would destroy my standing with my bosses and peers. I have the image of a mildly eccentric nerd, but approachable and good at my job. I don’t need or want a bad label.

    Let’s say that my HR director were to find out my embarrassing ADD secret. That would send him scurrying to the internet. He would assume that I check ALL the boxes and that I am an alcoholic, can’t sit still in meetings and would blurt out comments unrelated to the discussion. Then I’d be put on his secret list of layoff candidates. So how would such a revelation help me?

    What if one has incurable gonorrhea? Imagine being a college student and trying to join a fraternity. Would you admit that? Uh, I didn’t think so, so don’t let your own mouth be your own worst enemy.

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