Students with ADD have special challenges in the classroom, but Luke Maier struggles with whether taking medication to address it is the right thing for him.
Imagine there’s a pill that can instantly and dramatically improve your life. It can make you smarter, happier, and more successful. Sounds pretty good right? Well, for some, this is possible.
Teenagers and adults all over the world are taking medicines like Adderall to help them focus. As a person with ADD, I should be jumping at the chance to help myself, shouldn’t I? School is a constant struggle, with long, monotone lectures that I find impossible to focus on. I often come home remembering little of the class work, with devastating results.
For example, I took an introductory computer programming class that had no textbook or reading materials, which are what I use to figure out what I missed. I was lost and miserable. Who knows, maybe if I had taken medication as my doctor suggested I would have done well. Maybe I would even have loved it.
So why don’t I take the medication? I have a prescription just sitting in the medicine cabinet. I know lots of kids who take it illegally who don’t even have ADD. Why don’t I?