Neuroenhancement; Stimulants in the Classroom Essay

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Neuroenhancement; Stimulants in the Classroom
In the current economy, people are competing to earn a decent living; meanwhile, only certain individuals receive a prescription for neuroenhancing medication. An individual receiving Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment is at an advantage compared to an individual with ADHD and no prescription. Neuroenhancing drugs, categorized as stimulants, are most often prescribed to people who’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. Students are the main focus of this research paper because data supports the claim that neuroenhancers are often used to improve performance in the classroom. There are positive and negative results that come from the use of neuroenhancing medication. A qualitative
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(Lad and Harrison, 2) The amount of people dealing with fatigue, narcolepsy, and ADHD is larger than most people are aware.
Adderall is in the, “Top 200” list of the most frequently prescribed medications in the United States. (Ahmann et al, 3)The most commonly prescribed forms of the stimulant are Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Metadate, Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall.” (15) An interesting statistic provided by Ahmann et al said, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder of childhood and is estimated to affect 5% to 11% of school-aged children.” (1)The fact that there are so many different types of stimulants shows the prevalence of neuroenhancers in our society.
Adderall has side effects that include: loss of appetite, headaches, extreme fatigue, fever, heartburn, nervousness, and cardiac arrhythmia. It’s been said that, “most drug side effects can be managed effectively with a change in dosage or medication.” (Oberleitner 658) The effectiveness of managing side effects depends largely on the degree in which the patient’s health is monitored. An effective change in dosage or medication is virtually impossible for an individual with no medical training. The dangers associated with taking neuroenhancers without the trained help of a doctor are why the

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