ADHD is the common abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which typically begins in childhood and sometimes continues into adulthood. People with the disorder exhibit varying degrees of impulsive or hyperactive behavior and/or an inability to stay focused and maintain attention. A variety of modern studies have linked childhood ADHD with increased risks for substance abuse in both adolescence and adulthood, as well as increased risks for smoking. ADHD-affected individuals with either of two childhood conditions-conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder-have especially high risks for later participation in both substance abuse and smoking.
It’s not just alcohol consumption and bar fights that have college athletics coaches concerned anymore. The new worry is the growing use of marijuana.
New reports from our nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that while use of many kinds of illicit drugs has declined, marijuana use continues to climb. The abuse of marijuana is particularly entrenched among young adults in this country. Two studies, one twenty plus years old and another conducted within the past year, demonstrate how using substances like alcohol and marijuana places young adults at an increased risk for unwise sexual behavior and the negative consequences attached.
Move over marijuana, there’s a new gateway drug luring teens into drug abuse: alcohol. Although parents have long been warned that smoking pot leads to other drug abuse, many have accepted alcohol as part of normal teen experimentation. But a new study from the University of Florida shows that long-term drug abuse is more often the result of teens drinking alcohol, not smoking pot or cigarettes.
Throughout our nation, college students in Florida and other states are becoming more and more addicted to the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine Adderall. The drug is designed for those with ADHD and unfortunately makes it easy for students to get their hands on and misuse it.
Parents often worry about their children, using the music they hear pumping through their teen’s bedroom door as a barometer for trouble. While the lyrics in the music may not be understandable, the type of music may bring to mind certain behaviors.
College is often seen as a time of exploration. Students seek out opportunities to develop their interests, often stumbling across a new type of science or art that ignites a new career. The exploration also extends to other parts of life, with students trying alcohol or other substances.
College athletes are under extreme pressure to produce excellent results for their institution. In many cases, the student is at college on a scholarship that is contingent on their athletic performance in sports that are highly competitive.
The prescription drug, Adderall has been in high demand lately and children with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are the ones really suffering, according to an online post at Top News. Evidently, there are lots of college aged students that are accused of causing the shortages because they are using the drug to increase their focus and grasping capabilities.
Those who enjoy “clubbing” or a night out with friends in the local bar should be aware that there is a growing danger. It hasn’t yet reached the level of an epidemic, but is serious in its scope as well as result. It is the danger of having another person slip a drug into your drink without your knowledge. And it isn’t only happening in college frat houses – men and women of legal drinking age are being targeted for this crime.