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Adderall = cheating?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by 7amsho, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2014
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  3. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    Of course it's cheating. And of course it is hard for dental schools to tell, unless someone is literally busted for using it. It's not fair, but it's life.

    Luckily, you can absolutely succeed--even with a "3.9"--without Adderall. People are always going to want to cut corners. Just don't go there.
  4. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    It just frustrates me on the top of my personal problems and school/DAT stress, i know life is unfair but i just don't know how to overcome this frustration! personally i would never cut corners, i am the type of person who would get depressed if he did something wrong or thinks it's unethical..
  5. Mango Magic

    Mango Magic 5+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    You can't control what other people are doing. You can only control what you're doing and how you react to things. Focus on what you need to do to succeed and don't worry about other people!
  6. ILLchief

    ILLchief 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    lol why are you freaking out? there is literally nothing you can do to stop anyone from taking adderall or heck even tell the ADCOMs who has taken it. it boosts their studying habits so that they can study harder and get better grades. they dont morph into this super-human and grow bigger brains! rather those that take it have a more steady focus for a few hours. its just like with any test, the more you study the better grade you will earn. so what? if you're that worried about, study just as hard as them. they will eventually crash once it wears off and you will have the edge b/c youre stronger. i've never taken it, but coming from a large university, i would see tons of kids cramming for midterms/finals while on it. just be the better person, study earlier/more frequently and you will do better than them.

    also if you're calling your "friends" literally stupid, why are you friends with them to begin with?
  7. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    "stupid" in academic wise, she's a nice person and good friend but when it comes to studying, i just can't handle it.. I know for sure I am never taking such stimulants because I don't think i need them at all, I am just gonna try not thinking about it and do my best, which I will be doing anyways.
  8. ModifiedBass

    ModifiedBass 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    Take responsibility for yourself and don't worry about what other people are doing to cheat, simple as that.
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  9. arlmay

    arlmay 2+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    This was one of the possible essay topics at an interview of mine coincidentally
  10. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    seriously? lol that's awesome!
  11. Combine33

    Combine33 5+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Your assumption that the ADCOMs will deny people who don't use Adderall or it's analogs is completely baseless. In fact, it seems as though you are coming up with a reason to doubt yourself. What you need to do is do well, apply on time, and go to your interview if and when they are offered. Worrying about the study habits of others is wasting your time and energy.
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  12. IsaacYankem

    IsaacYankem 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    I pity the fools who rely on non-prescription Adderall, especially in undergrad
  13. BobbyBeavis

    BobbyBeavis What are loans? 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    My study partner always tried to peer pressure me into taking it with him. I always just told him I don't do drugs.... but still never understood the reason for him trying to get me to take one :eyebrow:
  14. Faux

    Faux 2+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    What really gave me peace of mine in regards to undergrad/DAT is that theres always going to be someone willing to cut corners and most importantly, theres always going to be someone thats a bit smarter than you. At the end of the day, you just need to compete with yourself. Being the best version of yourself is a race all on its own and will occupy most of your worries :p. Plus, life is short. Are you really going to be worried about Jimmy in Biology when you're on your death bed? I saw your post history, you came a long way in regards to your GPA. You're almost done, run that last mile.

    If you really want make things a bit easier for you, join the gym. Might be surprised on how much tension you really have. A lot of stress will be worked off and in the end, will help you with your studies. If you really want to be a dare devil, try experimenting with green smoothies. Crap load of veggies but try and limit the fruits. That definitely kept my nerves in check in regards to my DAT studying. I personally do a few cups of Kale, one banana, half cup of strawberries and two scoops of chocolate protein.
  15. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    I respect what everyone has posted here and honestly i feel a little bit better just by seeing that there are several others that feel the same way. Faux I will think like you do and compete with myself, it makes perfect sense that I wouldn't be worrying about Jimmy.. Plus now that you read my previous posts, you could related if i tell you i had so many things to get over and face many challenges, each time i get out of one i face another one.. i guess not having challenges wouldn't make us want to move forward! and having such people competing against me would make me wanna study even more!
  16. DRTigerJK

    DRTigerJK 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Why are you concerned with others taking adderall? Not only can you control the extent others go to in order to focus but you are distracting yourself. You should be focused on improving yourself and trying your best with your own strength.

    Besides, Adderall won't make a lazy, unmotivated student into a top student.
  17. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    I am just afraid for my DATs, I know it's a standardized test and what if so many people are taking adderall, well I will be screwed, that's what I am afraid of, but i guess like everyone has been saying here, try my best and see what happens.
  18. Troyvdg

    Troyvdg Dentistry not Debtistry 7+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2009
    Bay Area
    This thread...smh. OP, who cares? Its not like academic success can't be obtained without it. Worry about you.

    And bad mouthing your "friends"?...doesn't seem like you're that great of a "friend" either.
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  19. xatlasb

    xatlasb 2+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    San Francisco
    Many of us probably have never taken adderall in our lives and have managed to score well on the DAT and get interviewed and accepted to dental school. It is definitely possible and like everyone else has said, just focus on studying hard and competing with only yourself. Besides, having a consistent sleep schedule with at least 8 hours a night along with regular exercise and a healthy diet should really help you maintain your focus while studying, plus it's great for your lifelong health, which can't be said for adderall.
  20. ModifiedBass

    ModifiedBass 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    LOL, seriously? Come on now.
  21. ILLchief

    ILLchief 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    you're afraid of the DATs b/c other people might be using adderall to study for it?? newsflash, people will use adderall and any other methods to get the best score. the DATs are more about how much time and effort you put into your studying than actually being super smart. this is a joke.
  22. LaughingGas

    LaughingGas 7+ Year Member

    May 17, 2010
    You do realize if they focus on something else than what you study they are screwed right?
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  23. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    what do you mean?
  24. LaughingGas

    LaughingGas 7+ Year Member

    May 17, 2010
    Well, my peers during undergrad told me when you take adderall, don't focus on something else than the studying material, like watching you tube. They said it's hard to change the subject of focus.
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  25. kingenamel

    kingenamel 2+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2013
    Just worry about yourself and you will do fine on the DAT. I saw people taking that stuff in high school for their SAT's. A bunch of them said they scored super well but in the end who knows, they may have lied just to look good. You don't need Adderall to do well on the DAT. I think its not cool that some people do it just for exam purposes but I don't really care because I stay more focused on what I have to do. In the end, studying, eating well, sleeping enough hours, and exercising are the keys to my studying! Good luck on your test and stay focused on your study plan.
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  26. DBarrett

    DBarrett 2+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Adderall isn't some magic formula that boosts your IQ by 50 points, it's simply an amphetamine. I know plenty of people that have tried it and end up being too distracted by everything else...It actually detracts from their ability to focus and study properly.

    So, it may help some people...But that doesn't mean they're on some higher level than you. For all you know, they need the Adderall in order to match what you have naturally.

    The potential side-effects aren't worth it...Especially with older(20+) users.
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  27. Gaucho4Life

    Gaucho4Life It was all a dream 2+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2013
    Santa Barbara
  28. NDPitch

    NDPitch 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    Obtaining and using a substance illegally that boosts your academic abilities is 100% cheating. For people that don't need it because of ADHD, I consider it a performance enhancing drug - just like steroids are in baseball. Yes, it happens everywhere. High school, college, dental school, medical school, etc.

    There is nothing you can do about it. You can only have good moral character and know that hard work is more satisfying than cutting corners. I am more happy to get a 3.5 by busting my ass, instead of getting a 3.9 that illegal drugs helped me to get.

    If a student cuts corners in school to get ahead or make life easier, what does that say about what kind of medical professional they will be?
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  29. sgv

    sgv ...crumbling 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    if every person doesn't have equal access to aderrall, previous exams, or what not, yeah it's cheating...
    if coffee or tea was only available for some students but not all, i think drinking coffee would also be cheating...the fact that you can buy coffee at the gas station shows how available the drug caffeine is...
    also who the **** needs to abuse aderrall to ace college? procrastinators, that's who. if you just put in the time, aceing college is not they think dental school, residency, and work is any easier cuz it's not, it gets exponentially harder

    people who've taken adderral say that they tend to get sidetracked and focused on every little distraction rather than intensely studying and remembering everything.

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
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  30. WastedTime

    WastedTime 5+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2011
    if u aint cheatin u aint tryin
  31. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    hahaha thanks for sharing this video! this is hilarious!
  32. 7amsho

    7amsho 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
  33. two thirty

    two thirty 5+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    It's a slippery slope. I used it for most major exams the last couple years of college and pretty much every day the week before the DAT when it was crunch time.

    Don't take it in dental school, but some people still do. Personally it wasn't worth the side effects or money for me to keep taking it. I'm just trying to pass and not worried about class rank so I didn't feel like I had the competition that was there in undergrad. I don't really have a moral issue because it isn't hard to get a script and I don't think its any worse to buy it from a friend than to have a doctor give it to you cheaper. I feel like 95% of ADD diagnoses are bogus anyway.

    If you don't take it though, don't start. You'll never want to study without it haha.
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  34. Dent35

    Dent35 2+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Since we're talking about pills I think you need a chill pill, like 4857958 mg lol
    Also, you need to do your research on adderall before you go on a forum b****ing about it :)
    I've taken adderall a few times but it was only during my midterms and finals because I had like 5-6 a week and I was really overwhelmed and my bf has ADHD so he gave me adderall, I haven't taken it since not because I think it's morally wrong because let's face it there are SOOO many other things wrong with our society that a pill that helps students focus for them to improve their career should be the least of our concerns, BUT ANYWAYS, so I haven't taken it since because I didn't like how it made my mouth dry all the time, I had to get up and pee like 35086794358 times, I sat and worked on a problem for literally 2 hours!! When you are on adderall (from my experience) you don't give up on a certain problem or concept or whatever it is unless you REALLY get it, so I wasn't really that productive, but I did understand that problem realllllllllly well lol I went above and beyond. You also tend to not shut up you just want to keep talking and your heartbeat speeds up, and if you get distracted with lets say a youtube video it would be really hard to switch from one thing to another. THAT BEING SAID, adderall did help me but I wasn't as productive because I went so slow and made sure i understood EVERYTHING. When you study for the DAT it is literally impossible to know everything and understand everything and just have all that info in your brain, in my opinion adderall just isn't really helpful for people studying for the DAT. Coffee works better for me than adderall ever will, so you need to keep in mind that not every one that takes adderall will get above 20's on their DAT. Adderall works great for some people and hey, good for them. It doesn't make you smarter, it just makes you want to study and focus, just like coffee or an energy drink, but sure adderall is a little more powerful but who cares? worry about yourself and how you will do, not others.

    Anyways, best of luck and make sure you take adderall when you're taking your exam :) lol jk
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  35. predentalgirl

    predentalgirl 5+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2012

    Work hard. Worry about yourself. You don't take it.

    Leave the rest up to the person making stupid decisions.
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  36. Illfavor

    Illfavor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    TIL what Adderall is.
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  37. WIinNC

    WIinNC 5+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Moderate caffeine intake boosts concentration and long term memory, and it's legal in the U.S., so you won't face a moral quandery. Unless the gov't outlaws caffeine... now that would be a reason to freak out!:diebanana:
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  38. Pillowcases

    Pillowcases Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2013
  39. Jaesango

    Jaesango 2+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Adderall doesn't guarantee you good grades. I knew this one kid that was in the same biochem class as me and I always beat him on tests even though he always used adderall to study
  40. Sublimazing

    Sublimazing Dentist Physician 5+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    the shreve
    The day of a big test I have always taken a triple dose of diphenhydramine (it's legal btw) blocks histamines and and has an anticholinergic effect pumping more blood to your brain...maximum blood flow = maximum brain power...oh but skip the coffee cuz you don't wanna over do it and be all wired
  41. draperdds

    draperdds 2+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    A triple dose of Benadryl? How did you manage to stay awake??
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  42. sjv

    sjv Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    I was thinking the same thing.
  43. Sublimazing

    Sublimazing Dentist Physician 5+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    the shreve
    Woah woah woah...this was a generic...I'm not rich
  44. athomas


    May 25, 2013
    You should absolutely not use adderall if you do not have ADHD, not just because it's illegal and cheating, but also because abusing it increases the stigma of taking meds for people who legitimately need them.
    Someone else here wrote that all ADD diagnoses are crap, and that's just ridiculous--sorry but what evidence do you have to support this? All kinds of disorders have potential issues with diagnosis because of a lack of definitive tests, and people trying to pretend they have a condition to illegally obtain a controlled substance is despicable. Just because people are able to fool someone into giving them meds doesn't mean ADHD is bogus. Does the fact that some people abuse prescription painkillers mean no one ever has a legitimate reason to use vicodin or other narcotic?
    People who have ADHD can really vary in severity and presentation of symptoms, but for some people it's a really crippling disorder, so don't make assumptions about people you don't know well. For people without ADHD, taking adderall isn't some magic pill; it will actually give them hyperfocus, and as someone said that can make studying more difficult because they can end up spending hours on one task. Stimulant medications alter your brain chemistry, and it's not something you want to do if your brain already has the correct level of neurotransmitters.
    It's not going to help you in any way to worry about what other people are doing, so just focus on how you can be the most productive version of yourself by sleeping enough, eating well and exercising as someone else mentioned. Don't give yourself an easy excuse to not perform well just because you assume, erroneously, that everyone else taking the DAT is abusing controlled substances, that's a total cop out.
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  45. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    I totally agree that some cases are valid. However, my Mom has taught 3rd grade for many years, and the prevalence of students on ADHD medication is absolutely absurd. Instead of parenting and disciplining their children, parents are seriously using these meds as a cop out. Children have energy. They are curious. They misbehave. That doesn't mean they should be medicated. It's crazy--and all the parents think their little sweeties should get "special privileges" because of their "disorders." Like I said, there are definitely some cases that are valid, but lots of them are bogus. Our nation is going overboard with the ADHD stuff. I know this was sort of a tangent from what we're talking about, but with so many young children taking these drugs nowadays, I'm sure this will become an even bigger problem in the future--these kids will become college students one of these days, ya know?
  46. nahehes49

    nahehes49 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Like if you have done any of the following without adderall...

    - did well on the DAT
    - did well on classes
    - got into dental school

    there are probably more people that have done well without it vs adderall students. Path to d school is competitive but in the end, you'll get it if you deserve it. Let the fools dance while you rock.
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  47. Jaesango

    Jaesango 2+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    My friend and i was actually discussing this a couple days ago. I also think children as young as 7 or 8 should definitely NOT be put on medication. They're kids for christ sakes! No kid wants to sit still for hours and listen to the teacher. I think ADD/ADHD diagnoses should come later in life when they're in highschool, if even that.
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  48. squigloo

    squigloo Cutest Member 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2013
    lik dis if u cry everytim
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  49. athomas


    May 25, 2013
    By definition, to have ADHD your symptoms must appear by age, what was that about waiting til adulthood?

    I think it's a gross oversimplification to say that kids are just kids and don't want to sit still. If you don't have ADHD and haven't bothered to learn about it, which I'm gathering you haven't, then how can you presume to know the best treatment for children? Is it possible that stimulant medications aren't the best first course of treatment for young children? Yes. Are there alternative methods of treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy that can manage symptoms in concert with or apart from medication therapy? Yes. But to say emphatically that no young child with ADHD should even be given a diagnosis of ADHD, let alone medicated, makes me wonder about your ability to be empathetic as a health care provider, and to give complex health issues the attention they deserve.
    For children with it, ADHD can be crippling. It's not just that they don't want to sit still for hours and listen to their teacher, as you said. Their inability to focus is be coupled with a variety of other symptoms, and again by definition they must be severe enough to interfere with normal functioning in multiple areas of their life (e.g. school, home life).
    If you're going to be a dentist, you will inevitably run into children with ADHD unless you specialize and never see kids. It's probably not a bad idea to educate yourself about ADHD and other critical issues in child health. As a healthcare provider patients will give weight to your comments, and if you were to offhandedly say something like, "no child under 8 should be medicated," to a parent of a child with ADHD who needs that medication to function, you could really add to the stigma that already comes with the diagnosis.
  50. athomas


    May 25, 2013
    Actually, I think the new DSM upped the upper limit for onset of symptoms to 12, which is still not a teenager.
  51. LLUdental

    LLUdental 2+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    I remember using Adderall in high school for an exam.. Boy did it create wonders... However, I swore to myself to never use it again because of the unsatisfied mood I was feeling shortly after.
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