Memory Hack

by Francene Frayer (12.10.2020)

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Prescribed Stimulants Affect  Memory Hack the Brain Frequently, a doctor will attempt to treat this disorder by prescribing a stimulant medication. Stimulants, like the popular Ritalin, affect the brain by increasing dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical associated with attention. When a doctor prescribes such a medication, he will be looking for just the right dosage. Typically, he will start with a lower dose and slowly increase it until the desired effect is obtained. When a stimulant drug is not prescribed in this manner, it is possible that the brain can be flooded by dopamine, creating a feeling of euphoria (heightened well-being). When this happens, their is real potential for addiction. In fact, some stimulant prescribed drugs are chemically very similar to street methamphetamine. One of the big questions in child psychology revolves around whether the use of stimulant type prescription medications for ADHD increases the risk for substance abuse in adulthood. Most studies suggest that proper use of a prescription does NOT increase the likelihood of substance abuse addiction later in life. However, it is believed that more research is needed to find a definitive conclusion - especially in regard to adolescents. I spoke to a former user of Ritalin and he volunteered, without being prompted in any way, that former users of this medication would sometimes become addicted to crystal meth. It was not clear, however, if he was speaking from personal knowledge of individuals or simply repeating a theory he had heard. When you consider whether prescription stimulant ADHD medications are right for your child, it is important to think about the potential problems that a prescription stimulant medication can bring.

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