New Risks Associated with Pharmaceutical ADD/ADHD Drugs Surface

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The latest issue of a NIH scientific journal show new findings that continue to show the risk in using pharmaceutical ADD/ADHD drugs for cognitive enhancement. Approximately 1,000,000 students in the US are using these drugs, including Ritalin, Concert, Vyvanse, and all-time heavyweight champion Adderall. Cognitive enhancement is a real thing, and these students know that. The problem is that you cannot use these drugs for a long time. The newest research continues to support this idea.

While many neuroscientists have been warning about the risks of long-term use of ADD/ADHD drugs, they were not precisely sure why these drugs were damaging to the brain. Interestingly, a lot of the damage is seen in the group of people who the drug was supposedly designed to help – young adults. The young adult brain is especially prone to changes in plasticity – its ability to morph and approach multi-faceted problems.

When the brain is dosed in ADD/ADHD drugs for longer than several weeks, the brain loses its ability to take on multiple tasks or to plan ahead and anticipate changes. The results of these changes are not good for those who use these drugs. The brain is physically altered by continued use of these pills, and the brain sort of freezes in place. If you were taking Adderall to help study for a chemistry exam, the drugs will