I am just curious about the effects of adderall. Please correct me if I am wrong but this medicine is typically prescribed for people suffering from ADHD. If ADHD is a disorder where you cannot sit still and focus why would a pill which contains amphetamine help that? or rather how would it help that? I mean if you take someone who is always hyper you wouldn't give them cocaine! ;) Can someone please tell me what I am missing. I am not trying to be a smart ass (aside from the cocaine joke) but I just don't understand the logic behind it. Would love to hear any and all feedback.
It does seem oxymoronic but it has to do with brain chemistry and neurotransmitters. They believe that certain parts of these childrens brains are underactive and that there are deficiencies in brain transmitters in the areas of the brain involved with judgement, impulse control, alertness, planning and mental flexibility. The stimulants seem to stimulate activity in these areas of ADHD brains. If a child truly has ADHD, you see an immediate improvement. If the meds stimulate further or do nothing then the problem is not ADHD. Here is a portion of an article I copied that explains:
Why are stimulants used when the problem is overactivity?
Recall that the three key components in ADHD are inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. While the exact nature of the disorder at the brain-cell level is not completely understood, it is felt that the medications work by stimulating the brain cells to make more of the chemicals (neurotransmitters) available that send messages from one brain cell to another. This improved message-sending system enhances the brains ability to pay attention, control behavior and impulses, plan actions, and follow through on schedules.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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