Adderall does not help users who are not diagnosed with ADHD, according to Healthline. It is well-known that college demands can be high. Loss of sleep and heavy workloads cause a lot of problems and force many students to look for assistance in managing their workloads.
In order to deal with this problem, many otherwise-healthy young people turn to medications usually reserved for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder. It is also usually diagnosed in children, it can last well through adolescence and into adulthood. However, just how helpful and healthy are these ADHD “study drugs” for people who don’t even have the condition to begin with?
A new study by researchers from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Brown University suggests that these medications like Adderall might not help a healthy person’s cognition at all. In fact, the findings suggest that these drugs could even impair a young person’s memory.
Study co-authors Lisa Weyandt, PhD, professor of psychology at URI, and Tara White, PhD, assistant professor of research in behavioral and social sciences at Brown, studied 13 student volunteers from both universities, eliminating from the pool those who had already taken ADHD medications.
This drug has been found to improve a student’s mood and focus, but this didn’t lead to an improvement in performance or the ability to perform well on tests for short-term memory and reading comprehension, for instance.
“The most surprising finding of our research was the drug effects impairnent on working memory and no effects on reading comprehension and fluency,” said Weyandt. “We hypothesized that the drug would enhance neurocognition.”