ADHD is becoming a big problem in America. Today, it affects 3-5% of the population, which is a big bump up to what it was 10 years ago. It’s extremely crippling to any child, parent, or adult that suffers from it, and even now, there isn’t a cure for it. What there are, however, are treatments – most often in the form of ADHD drugs. You know, Adderall, Ritalin, and the likes.
The problem with today’s ADHD medications, however, are far and many. First of all, a lot of them actually bring on a number of side effects to their users. Although some, like Adderall, can be effective in suppressing some of ADHD’s symptoms, it brings on some concerning side effects like hypertension, pounding heartbeats, insomnia, headaches, tremors, and even in some cases, hallucinations. Additionally, ADHD can create tolerance in its users, meaning that its effectiveness reduces with time.
It’s time to give Adderall the boot.
If you’ve been following the advancements of Neuroscience lately, you must have certainly heard of the word nootropics. Nootropics, sometimes referred to as smart drugs, are cognitive enhancers. Unlike most cognitive enhancers, though, they are extremely nontoxic.
Whereas typical ADHD medication have many side effects, nootropics do not. In a clean, pure nootropic, there might even be no side effects. This leads to many possibilities. Whereas continuous usage of typical ADHD medication might result in an overall loss of effectiveness in the medication, nootropics suffer from no such problems. In fact, nootropics’ effects actually build up with continuous usage, which although not a cure, might just be a potential long-term treatment solution to what plagues countless Americans today.
Additionally, recent research has found that nootropics actually can be successfully used for the enhancement of the brain’s cognitive processes. In some experiments, it has been shown to help up to 60% of its participants in terms of memory capabilities, general learning.
In another trial in 2011, involving patients aged 4 to 18, it was found that up to 77% of the ADHD-suffering patients claimed positive improvement to their abilities to focus. Some of them, even getting a glimpse on what normal societal life feels like.
However, at the moment, the problem as to why nootropics aren’t being more widely used is because of it being generally untested in larger scales. Also, more scientific research has to be devoted into the studying of how it works. It does show a lot of promise, though.
An ADHD treatment solution, that also doubles as a cognitive enhancer, with no side effects? That’s just golden.