Recent studies have shown that concentrations stimulants can induce psychosis. People who take medicines often used for people diagnosed with ADHD, like memory enhancers or concentration stimulants, become addicted to them and don’t even get the benefit of a significantly increased mental performance.
Many students, in order to perform better in class or study easier for an exam, take ADD medications. As the American Academy of Neurology allows doctors to prescribe this type of pills to people who have not been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, the use of concentration and memory stimulants is wider than it should be and not without consequences.
Dr. Eric Racine, from the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and Université de Montréal explained that “Physicians are important stakeholders in this debate, given the risks and regulations of prescription drugs and the potential for requests from patients for cognitive enhancers.”
Almost 11% of university students use, at some point, drugs in order to improve concentration. And, as these drugs need prescription, it’s up to the doctors who prescribe them to make the difference. The truth is that these ADD medications, which can be prescribed at this time without a diagnosis of ADD, can do more damage than good to those who don’t suffer from attention deficit or hyperactivity.
Dr. Racine and fellow researcher Cynthia Forlini, have concluded that the benefits of these drugs are uncertain, and the harm is clear. Effects of taking ADD drugs include psychosis and cardiovascular problems. Moreover, they can become addictive.