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College students and ADHD: Medication or meditation
by Gina Orange
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1 July 2010
Last week, a friend emailed me a link to a video of a recent ''60 Minutes'' television show reporting on a dangerous new trend on campuses: The pressure to do better in school that is driving many college students to abuse ADHD medications to attain mental alertness. I'd heard about this before, but what was more alarming is that the phenomenon was portrayed as being fairly acceptable, and not a major cause of concern for the welfare of the students.
According to the Washington Post, more and more of our nation's college students are using ''study drugs'' . . . . according to the '60 Minutes' segment, 'Boosting Brain Power,' students admitted to using non-prescribed ADHD medication to get the edge on cramming for exams . . . .
Dr. Eric Heiligenstein, head of psychiatry for the University of Wisconsin health services, says study drugs . . . have a powerful effect on the central nervous system. Known side effects include: difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, headaches, upset stomach, irritability, mood swings, depression, racing heartbeat and dizziness. . . .
For students who are just looking for a temporary ''brain-booster,'' is it really worth it? Particularly when thousands of students are enjoying a far higher and more sustained level of mental acuity through 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation practice.
In addition, many students with bonafide cases of ADHD are now meditating to successfully come off their ADHD medications (with their physician's permission).
My wish is that ''60 Minutes'' would do a follow-up show about how Transcendental Meditation is giving college students the sustained alertness they need for academic success—and also helping students who suffer from a debilitating learning disorder restore healthy brain functioning and enjoy a more productive, satisfying life.
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