How Taking Adderall Recreationally Affects Those Who Really Need It

I dont think its a very new or controversial thing for me to say that taking Adderall when you have not received a prescription poses many dangers to your health and safety.

I dont think its surprising to learn that Adderall abuse can take a dangerous toll on your body, physically and mentally. Adderall is just like any other drug; if you havent had a professional consultation with a physician, you probably shouldnt be taking it.

If you take Adderall recreationally, youre opening your body up to all kinds of possible dangers, such as it reacting with any other medications you may be taking.

But we all know this already, even people who abuse Adderall. And Im not passing judgment. Its just like how everyone knows drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is bad for you, or doing hard drugs like cocaine or heroin, or smoking cigarettes is bad for you, but people do it anyway.

Myself included, Im no saint. Ive been drunk plenty of times, knowing perfectly well that being drunk wasnt good for my health.

But theres something different about Adderall compared to other drugs.

Adderall was huge at my university, especially during midterms and finals, and for good reason. Its a drug thats proven to help you focus, which allows students to study for longer periods of time and get more work done. And I understand the immense pressure to succeed academically. To an extent, I cant blame people for doing whatever necessary to see those results.

What I do think a lot of people who recreationally use Adderall dont consider is the fact that theyre playing into the dangerous stigmas and stereotypes regarding mental health.

Im pretty open about my struggles with anxiety and depression. Ive been on Zoloft for about five years, and its dramatically improved my life. Although I still have my bad days (as does everyone), I recognize how fortunate (for lack of a better word) I am to experience one of the more mainstream mental illnesses.

There are still stigmas attached to suffering from anxiety and depression, but they are nowhere near as serious as the stigmas attached to schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder or PTSD, among many other more serious conditions. Even ADHD, the disorder for which Adderall is prescribed, does not receive as much empathy as depression.

Any way you slice it, regardless of your condition, living with a mental illness sucks. Theres no other way to describe it. Sure, some people (including myself) are thankful for some aspects of their struggle, whether it has helped them tap into their creativity, learn how to better understand themselves and the world or something else. But no one actively wants to be diagnosed with a mental illness.

We are ashamed to seek help because we are told there is nothing truly wrong with us. We are told that we need to suck it up, that some people have it worse than us, so we should be grateful. We are told that were overreacting. We are told (and this is my favorite) to simply choose joy or to choose happiness, as if its that easy.

We are afraid that we will be ostracized, met with judgment or berated, so we choose to keep quiet.

But some of us are able to break past that barrier to get help. I was fortunate enough to have extremely supportive and understanding family and friends and have received very little backlash for revealing my struggles with mental health, which again puts me in a much more privileged category than the majority of people who suffer from a mental disorder.

You may be wondering what all of this has to do with people using Adderall recreationally. People who abuse a prescription medication meant for those who truly need it perpetuate the idea that mental illnesses are not real.

By taking Adderall (or Xanax, or any other mental health-related prescription medication) for fun, it feels like a giant slap in the face to those of us with actual mental illnesses. It feels as if youre making a mockery of us.

I fear that as abuse of Adderall continues, it will get harder and harder for people who actually live with ADHD to receive the medication they so desperately need just to develop normality in their lives.

I am in no way passing judgment on people who use Adderall recreationally. Youre not a terrible person, you dont deserve to burn in hell, I dont hope that you get sick or die as a result of your use, etc.

I just hope that recreational users recognize how they contribute to the already extremely repressing mindset surrounding mental health. I encourage people to take a moment to consider whether or not they want to be partially responsible for that stigma.

You couldbe partially responsible for someone feeling so afraid of societys perception of them, that they feel unable to reach out for help.

Thats a big responsibility.

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The Wedding Between A Nurse And ALS Patient Will Bring You To Tears.

When Adam met Hollie, she was his nurse at the hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA where he was receiving treatment for Lyme disease. Over the course of a year, they spent hours together, three days a week, during his treatment. During that year, the two fell deeply in love.

After kicking that disease, Adam spent more time with Hollie and her son Joshua. The couple even decided to take things to the next level by moving in together. Then, tragedy struck again: Adam was diagnosed with ALS. The prognosis of someone affected by the debilitating disease is grim. Each day is a fight against their deteriorating body. But, as Hollie explained, that never changed the way these two felt about each other.

“He tells me right then and there, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want my last days seeing your face, kissing your lips, sleeping by your side. I understand if you don’t want this burden on you. But if you want me, I want to marry YOU. What do you say?’” 

She, of course, said yes.

While the disease took its toll on Adam, eventually forcing him into a wheelchair, they planned their perfect wedding day.

The outside ceremony and indoor reception were both free of any bumps in the road that could get in the way of Adam’s wheelchair.

“He whizzed by greeting everyone in his wheelchair upon each person’s entrance,” Hollie says.

Hollie remembers the whole day going perfectly, even though the awful disease was never far from their mind.

During their first dance, “In My Life” by The Beatles, Hollie sat on his lap with her arm around his neck while he rolled them in circles.

After the ceremony, her cousin surprised them with a hand painted sign to hang on the back of Adam’s chair.

After the wedding, Adam adopted Joshua (who only ever knew him as “dad”).

The newly minted family began their limited time together.

In October, 2013, Adam passed away.

But Hollie has no regerets. She remembers Adam’s strength and passion, how he would say, “I may have ALS, but God knows I’m going out with a BANG!”

(H/T: Elite Daily.)

Their incredible story is one of the truest examples of love conquering all, even in the face of such extreme adversity.

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Your Favorite Essential Oil Probably Says More About Yourself Than You Think

Essential oils are an essential part of my life. On a daily basis, I use these fascinating liquids in various ways to enhance my well-being. A dash of wild orange on the wrists here, a couple drops of peppermint on the shoulders there. Lavender behind the neck, a few drips of lemon in my water. When someone looks at me and wonders why, the best response I can give is letting them have a try.

Each different oil permeates with a special goodness of its own kind, just like you and I, which is why I might be able to make a few assumptions about you based on your go-to essential oil.

But first things first, if you’re not already familiar with essential oils, I’ll briefly fill you in. Google states that an essential oil is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.This definition doesn’t get into detail about any of the special properties the various essential oils are associated with, but it gives a general idea about what I’m talking about.

Perhaps aromatherapy is the most common way essential oils are recognized and used. An extremely effective way to experience aromatherapy is by diffusing essential oils into the air. Other ways they can be used are via topical application or ingesting internally.

However, it’s important to know that before applying an oil topically or taking it internally, you must read the label to make sure it’s safe to do so. I’m not a medical professional, nor have the statements in this article been evaluated by the FDA, but the only essential oils I use are certified, pure, therapeutic grade, and can be used in all three of the ways mentioned above.

Finally, this brings us to the moment we’ve been waiting for. If you’re already familiar with essential oils, let’s see what your favorite one says about you:


Lemonoil complements well with other oils, just as you complement well with other individuals. You’re clean, easy going, neutral and great at multitasking. You make people feel happy. Friends and family feel comfortable going to you for advice in all areas of life, anticipating to be cleansed by your fresh outlook.


Lavender is a popular oil and used by many for its calming and healing properties. You draw people in through comfort, making them feel relaxed and safe. Blissful sleep and regularly relishing in the luxury of lavender and chill nights are of your finest abilities.


Peppermint lovers leave a lasting impression on others long after they walk away, just as applying peppermint oil does not go unnoticed by those nearby. From the cooling sensation that infiltrates through the body as the oil touches the skin, to the soothing smell of peppermint that lingers through the air after it’s been applied or diffused, peppermint is breathtaking. Enrique Iglesias sings in his song “Hero,” You can take my breath away. Maybe he was referring to peppermint? It would make sense.


You’re a catch, the total package. Frankincense is sought out by many, and is often called liquid gold. You couldn’t be more golden yourself.


Grapefruit is invigorating. Your friends come to you for that extra push they seek to rejuvenatetheir motives, eliminate doubt and finally make a move. You’re energetic, uplifting and enjoy a good detox every now and then.


They say to never judge a book by its cover. I say to never judge an essential oil by its smell.Like oregano, you’re powerful, a strong force of nature and come through for others. You love pizza. People learn know how much they need you when they need you.


Melaleuca also known as tea tree oil is a common oil with helpful properties for the skin. That being said, there’s more to you than what’s visible on the surface. Because of your awareness, you’re able to graciously take care of yourself and loved ones.


Eucalyptus oil promotes clear breathing and is soothing in nature. You’re a breath of fresh air, sought out by many for your ability to shed clarity on various matters. You stimulate the potential of those you love. Your choice in candy is an all-natural cough drop.

How we’re feeling versus how we want to be feeling are important thoughts to contemplate. What we’re striving to achieve at the moment, and what we’re aiming for in the long run determines which bottle we’ll pick up next, and which we’ll pick up most frequently. Is just depends on the circumstances, right?

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Hey, Beautiful. (Yes, YOU!) Click Here.

know those days when you’re like, “UGH. I look awful. I feel awful.
Life is rotten.” Well, forget that noise! These sisters are on a mission
to “convince every woman to embrace the meaning of true beauty,” so do
them a solid, why don’t you? Watch this video, and pledge to love

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That One Body Part We're Too Scared To Talk About Isn't Really That Scary

Attention! There’s nothing weird about periods or vaginas! Whew! That. Felt. Incredible. And kinda scary?

In this clip, Kat Lazo goes out in NYC to talk to women about their bodies and find out why we’re so afraid of the word “vagina.”

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Measles Are Marching Back Into Our Lives, And Here's A Real Reason Why

There are a lot of bloggers and personalities who are experts on giving their opinion but are not experts on presenting actual facts to back up their claims. So it’s often easy to misplace your trust in people who use their voices to be a personality but aren’t scientists. This video from “The Daily Show” addresses this phenomenon and makes a few digs at people who deny science facts across all political persuasions.

Watch it to the end, and if you like what you see, you may want to pass it to a friend who needs a little fact check.

Here are some time-stamped facts for you:

0:50 Infectious disease expert
Dr. Paul Offit (director, Vaccine Education Center) — the number of people choosing not to use vaccines is increasing, according to Forbes, Mother Jones, and PolicyMic.

1:21 Before vaccines, rubella caused 20,000 birth defects a year and measles infected millions.

1:34 Because of anti-vaxers, outbreaks started in
California, N.Y., and Oregon.

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6 Yoga Poses That Will Open Your Heart To Love Again After A Rough Breakup

Broken hearts come in many forms, and the pain that comes along with lost love can feel unbearable at times.

When these emotions surface, it can be tempting to try to protect yourself by hardening your heart to the world.

In Sanskrit, your heart center is called the anhata chakra. Healing and balancing this chakra is the first step to mending a broken heart through a yoga practice.

Yoga can be an extremely powerful tool to work through heartbreak in a healthy way, instead of building walls and creating barriers around your heart.

Here are six simple yoga poses to cope with lost love and open up your heart to the true freedom that love can bring.

1. Sphinx Pose

Sphinx pose is known as the infant of backbends, because it’s so subtle and gentle, yet incredibly healing.

This asana literally stretches your chest and lungs, while relieving stress and targeting the anhata chakra.

PS: You can totally make this a passive stretch and hold it while watching Netflix. I won’t judge.

Maybe stay away from Nicholas Sparks, though just for the time being.

2. Bridge Pose

This pose strengthens your body and teaches you to use your breath to work through the uncomfortable sensations of your hard working muscles.

Bridge pose is a heart-opener that allows you to feel incredibly powerful, yet safely vulnerable.

Plus, it brings blood into the brain and glands to help regulate the hormonal and central nervous systems.

Breathe slowly and evenly as you hold this pose and translate the calm control in your breath to your current heartache.

Once you master your breath and body control, it will be easier to soothe your emotions.

3. Camel Pose

This is a pretty deep bend, so make sure to be safe and pay attention to your alignment.

When performed properly, camel pose brings a rush of liveliness and provides expansive heart space for optimal healing.

There shouldn’t be any tension in your lower back, so tuck your toes if you need modification, and then simply focus on breathing.

There’s not much room for your thoughts to stray in this asana, so enjoy the stillness and simplicity of focusing on the present moment.

4. Forward Bend Pose

The previous three poses opened the front of your heart, but most chakras are located at both the front the back of the body.

Forward bend (uttanasana) opens the back of the body a very important aspect of heart-healing and overall balance.

Anatomically, uttanasanaopens up the spinal column (where cells of the nervous system reside).

This poseinvites your body to clear away any adhesions or blockages by stimulating the nervous system.

Make sure you maintain a flat spine before folding forward. Then relax, and breathe.

5. Pigeon Pose

Emotions like sadness, fear, and anger are often stored up in your hips.

As a yoga instructor, when I say this to my students, I’m typically met with extremely skeptical looks.

But I promise, hip openers really are a staple in healing heartbreak.

Think about how tense your hip flexors are from sitting, exercising, and just .

During times of sorrow, they tighten even more, which is why it’s so relieving to release that tension.

Many of my students have approached me and told me that they broke down crying after holding pigeon pose for a while.

And to this I say, embrace your tears let them flow, and let that sh*t .

6. Child’s Pose

Finally, settle into a deeply restorativeposture, and allow your mind to drift into a meditative state.

Child’s pose is basically the cherry on top of the sweet sundae of heart-opening asanas.

Many emotions may bubble up as you resthere, but instead of shunning them, witness them without judgement, like wispy clouds, coming and going.

It’s OK to let yourself hurt and feel and mourn but know that this pain won’t last.

Flowing through these poses willplay a gentle part in the natural medicine your heart needs to endureits healing process.

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Here’s What Foam Rolling Actually Is And Why You Should Try It

I never understood the true meaning of hurts so good until I startedfoam rolling.

And TBH, I still dont understand, because it mostly just hurts.

Im still kind of waiting on the good part.

I know, I know. Im not making it seem like a walk in the park, so why would you want to try rolling out post-workout?

Well, if youve ever experienced that cant-even-sit-at-my-desksoreness after leg day, youre going to want to hear this, because this form of self-massagemight just be thecure youre looking for.

Foam Rolling Is A Form Of Myofascial Release

You use a firm piece of foam (usually in the shape of a cylinder) to relieve muscle tension, which stops soreness right in its tracks.

It started exclusively with pro athletes, trainers, and therapists, and has since spread to more familiar faces, like that guy you hate at the gym whos always- hogging the squat rack.

To understand how it works, myofascial release isa safe and effective hands-on technique,in which youre literally giving yourself a deep-tissue massageby gently applying pressure to the connective tissue of your muscles (fascia) to eliminate soreness and tension.

By finding the spots with more tightness or trigger points in your body, you help your muscles recover, and allow them to return to normal function more quickly.

Normal Function Is When Your Muscles Are Elastic, Healthy, And Ready To Perform At A Moments Notice

Through foam rolling, you actually possess full ability to control the healing and recovery process of your body. How cool is that?

Personally, I was most fascinated by the fact that you really have to tune into what your body is telling you so that you can apply pressure where you need it most

Only can feel exactly what is happening, so the recovery process is in your hands (literally).

Everyone hates those days where theyre so sore they can barely think of walking from thefront door to the mailbox, let alone getting in ascheduled workout.

Thats why five minutes of (admittedly uncomfortable) rolling out after my workout has become something Ive learned to endure and incorporate into my routine.

If You Feel Like You Dont Know Where To Start, Take It Slow

It might feel awkward at first, but I swear it becomes much more natural with practice.

You can basically foam-roll any area with muscle tension, but there are certain points that are more common and naturally build up more tightness.

The calves, the iliotibial band, and thepiriformismuscle are all common trigger points, according to Runners World.

So, what are you waiting for? Go get the ball (puns all day, every day).

Most gyms provide foam rollers, but if you feel like youre going to have a pretty committedrelationship withmyofascial release, you can purchase your own online or at an athletic store.

Happy rolling! And remember: no pain, no gain.

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How Do You Know Someone Is Doing Something Awful? If They Call You A Terrorist For Photographing It.

I don’t know what to find more horrifying — the idea that people still habitually abuse helpless animals, or that this is how parts of our country want to treat the people who try to stop it.

WARNING: This video contains some disturbing footage. But most of it is just Bill Moyers talking about something you really should know about. So you can just do what I do and close your eyes during the worst parts, OK?

If this video made you angry, you might want to share it. (I don’t think that would make you a terrorist.) Especially if you live in Utah, Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, or Iowa (or Pennsylvania or North Carolina, where ag-gag laws are pending). Or eat meat from there. Or like animals.

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HIV-Positive, Homeless, And Gay In New York At The Age Of 16? Give This Story A Listen.

This is a doozy of a listen. Although I haven’t been through any of the hardships that Jahlove Serrano has had to deal with, something about his life story is really accessible. Give it a spin.

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