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Ritalin/Adderall Abuse Brain Science
In patients with ADHD, Adderall has proven to be effective at increasing memory, mental focus, and impulse control. Those effects have led many young people to believe that the drug can improve performance in school and at tasks that require mental agility. Abuse of Adderall often begins when someone without ADHD tries to use the drug to boost his or her mental skills or focus.
Studies have shown, however, that the cognitive effects of Adderall on people without ADHD are minimal. Several studies have suggested that Adderall does not increase academic performance, and some studies have even indicated that stimulant use may impede cognitive ability. It is possible that the drug produces over-confidence in users so that they think they are performing better when they are, in fact, not performing as well as they would otherwise.
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