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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Adderall


Hernandez (2015) states “You’re trying to focus on your work, but stray thoughts bombard your brain and you can’t think straight. You try to hold down a coherent conversation, but you keep thinking of tangents. Following instructions is a real struggle.  These are some of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”  According to Talbot (2009), “Adderall, a stimulant composed of mixed amphetamine salts, is commonly prescribed for children and adults who have been given a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” In this article, I will explain the advantages of Adderall, including its relation to the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.  On an even further note, I will explain the disadvantages of the medication too, including its ability to cause nervousness, headaches, sleeplessness, and decreased appetite. In addition, I will also explain it’s ability to become addictive.

The Advantages Of Taking Adderall

According to Morris (2014), Adderall “increases the release of the two neurotransmitters believed to be involved with ADHD.” To explain further, the two neurotransmitters involved with ADHD are dopamine and norepinephrine (Morris, 2014).  According to Hernandez (2015), “Amphetamine blocks that reuptake process, so that dopamine and norepinephrine hang out between neurons for longer than usual.”  Hernandez (2015) also argues dopamine and norepinephrine help aid the brain in alertness and concentration. These are the advantages of taking Adderall. Next I will explain the disadvantages or side effects of Adderall.

The Disadvantages Of Taking Adderall

Despite the advantages of taking Adderall, it is also worth mentioning the disadvantages of taking Adderall. According to Talbot (2009), “Drugs such as Adderall can cause nervousness, headaches, sleeplessness, and decreased appetite, among other side effects.” These are common side effects among people who take Adderall.  However, they are worth mentioning. In addition, according to Talbot (2009), “An F.D.A. warning on Adderall’s label notes that “amphetamines have a high potential for abuse” and can lead to dependence.” Hence, it is worth mentioning Adderall can be highly addictive. Therefore, it is essential to take this medication specifically based on your doctor’s recommendations. Be smart about your decisions. Take Adderall wisely.


If used wisely, the benefits of taking the medication called Adderall can outweigh the disadvantages of taking Adderall. However, you have to be smart about taking this medication. You cannot overuse it. You have to take it as prescribed by your doctor. If you listen to your doctor’s instructions on how to take Adderall, you have nothing to worry about and will benefit from taking this medication.

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Adderall

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Adderall. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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