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Understanding the Dangerous Trend of Adderall Addiction in the Workplace

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Business professionals at every level can benefit from learning more about the dangerous trend of Adderall addiction in the workplace. For some employees, Adderall addiction is an old habit started in the college days. In an attempt to gain an edge in the workplace, a number of adults are ADHD prescriptions lie Vyvanse, Concerta, and Adderall.

The increasing level of competition and pressure to perform is what drives many employees to use these stimulants.

Why Employees Turn to Adderall Many employees use Adderall to help with working longer hours. Adderall helps prevent the mind from wandering as time passes. This becomes an even higher priority when there is a project or presentation with a looming deadline. Working long hours with minimum sleep will eventually catch up to just about anyone. With more and more responsibilities and limited time to get them done, any are turning to Adderall to avoid appearing as though they can’t keep up.

How Adderall Effects Employees

Adderall and similar medications help people with ADHD feel calmer and more focused by balancing the chemicals in their brain. However, these ADHD medications can have the opposite effect they’re intended for when used by people without the disorder. The average person may begin to feel more anxious and less focused after taking these types of medications. A loss of appetite and trouble sleeping are also side effects associated with taking ADHD medication that’s not prescribed.

The side effects associated with misusing Adderall can quickly interfere with work, causing employees to be less productive and struggle to function properly or think clearly. Continued or increased use of these ADHD medications can quickly develop into dependency and ultimately, addiction. Once addiction sets in, the employee will have to endure withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop taking the Adderall.

Struggling with withdrawals and the recurring pressure to perform at work is what keeps many employees relapsing with their Adderall abuse. Some adults will go as far as to fake symptoms in order to get an Adderall prescription from their physician. Many doctors will write the prescription with going through the full evaluation, battery of tests or possible alternatives. Otherwise, adults are likely to get the Adderall from a friend, coworker or drug dealer.

The Dangers of Adderall Adderall is usually swallowed, snorted, injected or chewed. The more serious side effects associated with Adderall abuse include extreme paranoia, seizures, irregular heart rate and cardiac arrest. The DEA classifies Adderall as a Schedule II drug due to the rampant abuse and volume of medical emergencies associated with the stimulant. Adderall can be described as a prescription amphetamine with effects similar to the stimulant cocaine.

The Schedule II classification means Adderall has medical purposes but also poses a high risk of dependency and abuse. However, adults will use this drug regularly in an attempt to get ahead or get more done than they would otherwise be capable of doing. Unfortunately, the US is at the point where Adderall abuse is becoming fairly common in the workplace. Fortunately, there are a number of signs indicating when Adderall abuse starts becoming an issue in the workplace.

Detecting Adderall Abuse in the Workplace Adderall use may become increasingly open and discussed in the workplace. Decision-making abilities eventually become impaired and employees begin struggling with tempering their thoughts and emotions when appropriate. The morale of other employees can begin to suffer, then the quality of work or volume of sales may begin declining as well.

Physical exhaustion that causes employees to struggle with staying awake, remembering important details or moving about the office normally may be a symptom of Adderall addiction. Agitation, lack of focus and violent behavior are common side effects for individuals going through Adderall withdrawal. The violent behavior is more common for people who’ve been using Adderall regularly. Friends and coworkers will notice these changes in mood occur rather suddenly.

It’s helpful to be open, honest and direct about addressing these issues in the workplace. Holding meeting with open discussion and collaboration on making action plans is a great way to protect employees from the dangers Adderall poses to the workplace. Raising awareness, responding immediately and acting proactively can help prevent Adderall from negatively impacting employees and the work.

Most Original and Creative Beer Bottles

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1. Mockingbird Lager Beer

Mockingbird Lager Beer
Mockingbird Lager Beer

Samantha Willey, is an illustrator and graphic designer who works as an Art Director and created these great designs for Mockingbird Lager beer, resulting in these beer bottles maintained to the last detail and making them collector’s items.

2. Hacienda beer

Hacienda beer
Hacienda beer

La Hacienda brewery was born in 2007 and was one of the first microbreweries in Mexico. They make their own beer and have three styles thanks to its German brewmaster in 2012 standardized production with these designs : Catrina (type Red Ale) , Jaguar (type Pale Ale) and Hidalgo ( Stout light type) .

3. Heineken beer

Heineken beer
Heineken beer

The Dutch brand presents the new collection 2013, with a pack of 4 limited edition bottles. This edition is inspired by stories of the past, present and future, and show all the way Heineken has come.

In addition you can customize the bottles to celebrate special occasions in an original way and you can choose your favorite designs through their website at Your Heineken.

4. Mug Beer

This unique design created by Ivan Maximov beers, a Russian student, created this packaging and the brand has been redesigned for a soccer bar chain, Mug Pub, which is located in Moscow and produces its own beer.

Mug Beers
Mug Beers

It is a new concept to bring beer. The vessels have the size of traditional pints and are completely reusable if you ever want to get a little more.

5. Howling Monkey Beer

Howling Monkey Beer
Howling Monkey Beer

Translated as Howler Monkey it defined as a Black & Tan beer, which is made with a perfect blend of Porter beer and lager. Besides being a great beer it has a really original design, created by Turner Duckworth who was in charge of the design of this fun package.

Building your boy cave

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There seems to be no end of design ideas for a girl’s perfect bedroom, but what about the boys? From football crazy to the great outdoors, you can really let your imagination run wild when it comes to ideas for decorating your son’s bedroom. To adults, a bedroom is a place to relax, a haven of retreat with a color scheme to match, but your son has other ideas about his room – filled with adventure and play, a space he can call his own. You want the room to be functional and easy to tidy: he wants a den to retreat into, and a place to stash all his figures and gaming equipment. Add a touch of imagination and you can both get what you want!

Go wild with an elevated bed

Elevated beds are perfect for young boy’s bedroom. Not only does he get to clamber into bed every night into his own little den, but there is also another enclosed space underneath suitable for a desk, wardrobe or cushion-covered reading area. With the right color scheme and accessories, this room design can easily be transformed into a safari camping theme. Raised beds offer a practical all-in-one space ideal for small bedrooms, and the extra height can be used to create the ultimate adventure camp setting.

Boy cave
Boy cave

Tap into children’s interests

If your son is a sport fanatic, incorporate this into the room design with cool wall stickers, baseball or football-themed accessories, pillows and cushions and a color scheme inspired by his favorite team’s colors. Or encourage his love of science and astronomy with a space-themed bedroom complete with planetary lampshade and cool solar system ceiling design. Today’s furniture stores have plenty of great items that are specially designed for kids and their interests.

Don’t forget he’s going to grow up

Remember too how quickly boys grow up, so look to the future and don’t make it too childish – get a bed that extends as the child grows and neutral, module furniture that can change usage as your child grows up. Use bold, ‘grown-up colors’ like navy and dark grey and neutral and drapes that he won’t curse you for the first time he invites a friend to play.

Create a multifunctional space

Remember to keep it practical and multifunctional: don’t just create a space for gaming but also one that encourages reading, with a desk for homework. Buy a cabin bed with plenty of built-in storage space underneath it. Bunk beds are also a great investment, even for an only child, as they offer plenty of room for the many sleepovers to come. Utilize the vertical space – the walls – even if the room is relatively large: provide plenty of storage areas and perhaps you might even encourage your son to tidy up!

If two boys are sharing, try to incorporate both of their interests into the room. Rather than just dividing the space up between them, try to bring them into a common ground that will encourage sharing and playing together.

New Swedish Watches Are Out of This World, Literally

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When you think about a watch of particularly high quality, what characteristics first spring to mind? What about water resistance? Precision? Or shock resistance perhaps? All this is true, but…

Swedish watchmaker Halda are now looking to raise the bar, creating something that we think is the closest you can get to being from a Bond movie, without actually being in a Bond movie!

Does Halda ring a bell? Not just a one trick pony, Halda has been manufacturing the Taximeter found in London cabs for decades, providing a super stable platform for millions of journeys in the world of mini-cabbing. Not yet impressed? Halda can also be held responsible for developing gear boxes for some of the world’s most famous high performance cars, including a portfolio of work for Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Maserati, to name but a few.

Not a bad CV so far then.

Swedish Watch
Swedish Watch

Riding on a wave of success, Halda decided to take things to the next level. The challenge was simple, to create a watch capable of operating under extreme environments. In this case, as a fully functioning space watch.

No, we’re being serious.

To tackle the challenge of having a watch suitable for both everyday use here on earth, with the ability to withstand some of the most extreme conditions known to man, Halda came up with a robust and easily interchangeable modular design.

This design incorporates both a mechanical interface for use on earth, with a futuristic digital module suitable for working in a zero gravity environment.

Halda's Futuristic watches
Halda’s Futuristic watches

Not just bells and whistles, Halda are serious about proving the capabilities of their Space Discovery watch. So much so, that every individual function of the watch has been designed and tested with NASA, this includes the on board G-Force sensors to the automatic light sensor that adjusts the backlight of the watch, depending on current atmospheric conditions. The watch was granted certification by astronauts after extensive testing in space.

The Space Discovery’s extreme capabilities are owed in part to the material which houses the watch itself. Tecamex is a material originally developed for military and space use, and is fully certified by NASA. In fact, it is the very first time this unique and ultra-resistant material has been used outside of the space programme.

Although you might not be likely to be a planning a space holiday anytime soon, it’s nice to know that it’s an option.

Don’t laugh, Virgin Galactic are already taking reservations for trips into space at $250,000 a pop! Not exactly a bargain in 2014, so we’ll probably give it a miss.

Halda Watches went on to create the equally impressive Halda Race Module which was built with the help of race engineers and tested by Formula 1 drivers. Halda combine the very latest modern technology with stunning design and functionality to create truly unbelievable timepieces. If you are looking for a watch with a difference, that looks incredibly stylish and offers precision timekeeping, then look no further than Halda watches.

One more thing…

James Bond called, he wants his watch back!

How to design a Ta Moko, the Maori tattoo

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The Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have a strong and long tradition of tattoos. Both men and women get tattoos, although only men receive the characteristic full face tattoos. A tattoo, or Ta Moko represents the social status of a person, family history, tribal affiliation and even marriage eligibility. The fact that a non-Maori wants to get a Ta Moko can be a touchy subject, so the design must be well thought out to avoid offense. Swirling and geometric patterns are made to stand out, but if you seek something more personal, here are 5 steps to design your very own Ta Moko:

Ta Moko
Ta Moko

1. Investigate thoroughly: disrespectful tattoos are the greatest risk for non-Maori people when they want that kind of tattoo. Since Maori tattoos are a form of identification, you should never copy an existing tattoo, cause that would be essentially stealing an identity. As we can see with other culturally significant body art, the chances of getting a tattoo with a pitiful meaning are high if some proper research hasn’t been done previously.

2. Choose the location for your tattoo: facial tattoos are the most common Maori designs. However, this might not be an eligible option for most people. The Maori also make full body tattoos, with areas such as the back, arms and breasts decorated with spiral designs. Consider your lifestyle when choosing the place for your tattoo, and make a design somewhere that can be easily covered with clothing. The location of your tattoo will dictate the type of design that is appropriate.

Ta Moko face
Ta Moko face

3. Work with a local artist to create the design of your tattoo: you may have to go outside your area, but there are many artists who are specialized in Maori designs. Working with a qualified artist will ensure that you get a proper respectful and meaningful tattoo able to represent you. Ask to see a sample of the artist’s work so you’ll know if your ability is up to par.

4. If the search for an artist in your area is too hard, look for a Maori tattoo artist from all around the world: get someone abroad for the design of the tattoo and a local artist to run it.

5. Consider the possibility of a Kirituhi tattoo design if you’re worried about the meaning of your tattoo: initially, Kirituhi were painted on the body with charcoal. Nowadays, they have experienced a modern revival, being tattooed on the skin. These tattoos are inspired by Ta Moko, but have no real meaning. Thus, you’ll get all the aesthetic benefits of a Maori tattoo without the cultural problems.

Ideas for cool modern kitchen areas

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Composed of clean lines and elegant finishes, modern kitchen focuses on one function, to facilitate the preparation and cooking of food in open areas. A combination of natural and synthetic materials are mixed with a palette of colors ranging from neutral to bold to make a modern style kitchen. So before you buy kitchen appliances for your kitchen you should first keep reading to find out what you can do to make your kitchen more modern before putting it to use.

Colour

The colour palette for a modern kitchen goes from a range of bright colors to neutral tones. The tones you can consider using with this style are red, orange, turquoise, emerald green, black, silver, cream and white. Your best bet is to choose a combination of two to four and incorporate these colours throughout the space, on walls, on the kitchen counter, on the floor, in closets and even inside the devices. For example, you can choose black, silver and white for major items, such as cabinets and countertops, and use one of the boldest tone accents to give the room decoration a touch of colour.

Modern Kitchen
Modern Kitchen

Counters

Natural stone is a popular choice for modern kitchen counters, offering a sleek, clean design and a bright appearance. Granite and marble are perhaps the best materials to choose from when it comes to stone, as they are durable and able to withstand wear and tear from exposure to heat and water when cooking. These stones come in a variety of colors that work well with a modern design, such as black, gray and beige. The disadvantage of these natural stones is that they can be expensive. If you have a limited budget, ceramic tiles can be a better option for you as it, too, is a durable material and comes in a variety of colors that work with modern designs. Stainless steel countertops give your kitchen a unique cutting edge look.

Modern Kitchen Decor
Modern Kitchen Decor

Cabinets

When choosing kitchen cabinets, clean lines are the key. Wood such as maple or oak is ideal. Another option is black or white laminate cabinets. The doors of frosted or clear glass that open from the bottom are attractive options for upper cabinets. Install handles or drawer handles of brushed nickel or stainless steel. The floor to ceiling cupboards add continuous space that is a key feature of modern design lines.

Apparatus

The stainless steel appliances are now the latest trend in modern kitchen design, but the black and white appliances also work well in this design. Place a French door refrigerator with a freezer on the bottom. If your kitchen requires an electric stove, install one with a smooth coating. A large fan placed on the stove serves as a focal point and gives the kitchen a professional look. The modern social kitchen by Fisher and Paykel combines all the above and is a great example.

Perhaps the best hard drive ever made

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The pitch black fighter of the movie series Mad Max, of course there’s no need for recommendations, as it is a category by itself. It follows therefore when a hard disk once its body only can be surprising, especially since we learned that the company that manufactured it transforms flash drives and external hard in the shape of our favorite cars! The beginning was made by the hardcore gadget man, Douglas Sonders, commissioned in Flash Rods to build a replica of the infamous Interceptor.

Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor

The result completely justifies the effort with exhaustive attention to detail is the key point. Up to the USB port is cleverly hidden in the trunk! The Flash Rods, beyond the broad range of motor hard available, enables the client to ask his favorite vehicle on a hard, which is more than sure to bring it to life in a way that will not leave unmoved.

Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor
Mad Max Interceptor

The movie cars that can be ordered on Flash Rods meet the following specifications: 1:18 scale for external hard and flash drives in the result is not greater than toy car matchbox. As for that hard Mad Max Interceptor, it has a capacity of 1TB and it took many hours of work to build it.

By Nicole P.

The movies you should watch this summer

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Some great movies are coming on theatres or are already out this summer, so let’s take a look at the ones you shouldn’t miss.

If you love drama, love and romance the you should definitely watch a great movie of this kind with your partner, called The Fault in our Stars, which also happens to be a book adaption. If on the other hand don’t like this kind, then there is the Edge of Tomorrow, for anyone wondering whether Tom Cruise will save the world or not.

Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is also out and has a huge fanbase on it. Amazing animation and a great story, it has to top your to-watch list.

How to train your dragon 2
How to train your dragon 2

In a comedy with emphasis on spurs, Charlize Theron is a good reason to go to the movies for A thousand ways to die in the West, the comedy by Seth MacFarlane. Grab your friends and have fun!

The big hit of the summer is out and rolling! Transformers: Age of Extinction has already set its records for its opening weekend. The fourth robot film promises fast-paced action with the excellent Mark Wahlberg in the title role.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Perhaps the most anticipated films of this summer season is the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the new Planet of the Apes that comes to theaters on July 16. Everything you need for an unpredictable summer night out, along with Gary Oldman.

Dawn in the Planet of Apes
Dawn of the Planet of Apes

If you love history and want to see labors and wars, on his second film appearance this year comes Hercules: The Thracian Wars, coming out on July 24.

Hercules: The Thracian Wars
Hercules: The Thracian Wars

Summer requires laxity, carelessness and laughter. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel can guarantee you that, because their Sex tape will be like no any other. So rush to enjoy shocking situations full of misunderstandings and laughter

Sex Tape
Sex Tape

Finally, a movie to enjoy with the kids is Planes: Fire and Rescue. Our beloved Dusty, now has gets a new target. That is to have even more fun adventures.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

4 Easy ways to instantly transform the look of a room

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A few years ago, you were in love with hippie-inspired interior décor, or perhaps your home could best be described as post-college. But now you’re in the mood for something a little more elegant without having to overhaul your entire interior. Luckily, dramatically transforming the entire look and atmosphere of a room can be done in one easy step, whether through the use of dramatic rugs, elegant lighting or designer prints. Here are some suggestions.

Use rugs to give your room a pop of colour and texture

A well-chosen rug can really alter the look of a room without forcing you to rearrange furniture. Play around with textures and colours to produce your desired effect. For instance, a sheepskin rug can soften harsh corners, while a bold patterned rug can transform a drab interior into one that’s more eye-catching. If you’ve got a large space that looks a little too bare, covering the floors with a big rug can turn it from blah to wow.

Neverending Glory
Neverending Glory

Illuminate your surroundings with elegant lighting

You might not want to change any of your furniture or have no space for new pieces, but that doesn’t matter when you’re installing lighting, which usually does not take up much space. Elegant lighting can turn an otherwise plain room into one that’s got that je ne sais quoi.

If you’re going for a more regal look, a classic chandelier will make it seem like Marie Antoinette just popped by. Giant pendulum floor lamps are also very popular in the living rooms of the stylish and fabulous, and it’s not hard to see why—the dramatic curves make you feel like you’re in an upscale resort. Check out some gorgeous examples of elegant lighting at TheLongestStay.com. 

Dress up the walls with sophisticated photos and prints

The pictures you hang on your walls speak volumes about the kind of person you are, your passions and your style sensibilities. You might have plastered your walls with posters when you were in college, but just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean you need to resign yourself to bare walls. Designer prints and pictures taken by a great photographer can dress up your walls and change the tone of your space completely. Thanks to the Internet, it is now possible to order prints from artists located all over the globe. Don’t limit yourself to photography. Many artists create works of art with typography, while vintage maps, designer gift wrap and even sheet music all have their place in certain kinds of homes.

Declutter

If you’ve lived in your present home for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve fallen victim to clutter, which can destroy even the most carefully designed interior. Decluttering makes your home a cleaner, more comfortable place to be in, and also reminds you why you fell in love with your home in the first place. When throwing things out, be ruthless—if it’s something you haven’t used or even laid eyes on in more than a year, it’s probably safe to throw out. Donate unwanted items to charity or get rid of them at a yard sale or on eBay, so someone who needs them more can enjoy them. You might feel reluctant to throw things out at first, but once you’ve done the deed you’ll see just how liberating it can be to be free of the deadweight and, most importantly, to be able to enjoy your home the way it was meant to be enjoyed.