Can Adderall Cause Brain Damage?
Adderall is a stimulant drug originally manufactured for children and adults suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In people suffering from ADHD, Adderall acts on the dopamine centers of the brain and helps bring about increased focus and attention span. As such, Adderall can be very helpful for people who are unable to focus and concentrate at school or at work, helping them function more normally and meet the demands of life.
Unfortunately, college students and young upwardly mobile working professionals have begun to take notice of the effects of Adderall, and have started using the drug to get ahead in school and work. Increasingly popular on college campuses, Adderall has come to be known as the “study drug,” or the “smart drug.” Studies show that in recent years, non-prescription use of Adderall has skyrocketed, at an increase of 67% over prior years. And it’s no surprise; after all, Adderall creates a sense of increased focus and clarity, and a decreased need to eat and sleep. What could be better for overworked, overscheduled, driven college students trying to keep up with the rigors of academia? But as with anything, if it seems to good to be true, it almost certainly is, and non-prescription Adderall use is no exception.
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