Nootropics and ADHD
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to recommend medical advice. The article is strictly observational and does not recommend to supplement the advice and guidance of your doctor. Nootropics have not been evaluated by the FDA to be a viable form of treatment for ADHD/ADD
ADHD is a problem that over 3-5% of the population is believed to suffer from. These statistics while alarming, may not include another large portion that don’t get help during childhood and remain undiagnosed into adulthood. It is agreeable that ADHD is a large and crippling problem to children, parents and adults. ADHD can affect personal relationships as well as business ones.
Over the years many people have tried to discover cures and remedies for ADHD. While there has been a lot of progress, there are still a lot of unknowns with ADHD. Traditional therapies involve cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT may be effective if a child is diagnosed young enough to put these practices into a routine. Regardless, this type of therapy is still no “cure” even it may help tremendously.
For those suffering from ADHD that are not fortunate enough to respond to behavioral therapy, there are traditional ADHD drugs. These drugs include many scheduled amphetamine salts like Adderall which are often used illegally by many students as “smart drugs”. These amphetamine drugs work by calming down the mind of the ADHD sufferer and allowing them to focus. The problem with these drugs is the tremendous side effects. Many will resort to these drugs only as a last resort and these drugs have put many into the hospital.
What Causes ADHD?
ADHD is thought to be caused by a neurotransmitter malfunction. This disorder is not fully understood yet however a specific gene has been isolated in those suffering from ADHD. This variation is the gene is related to dopamine. Dopamine is highly nootropic neurotransmitter that plays a very large role in learning, memory and focus. In short, ADHD is thought to be a malfunction in the dopamine system. This explains why these dopaminergic amphetamine drugs work so very well the people with ADHD.
Can Nootropics Help?
If nootropics can help “normal” people with focus, learning and memory, perhaps it can help those with ADHD. This is a common question many suffering from ADHD ask. Obviously, no comment can be made to these people due to the medical nature of these questions. No nootropic has yet to be approved as treatment for ADHD by the FDA. This is not likely to change as drug companies will only go after the most effective methods for maximum profit (regardless of care to the customer)
Regardless of this, there has been some interest in nootropics and ADHD. There has only been to date one study of piracetam and ADHD. You can see the results of the study here. Basically, this study showed that the children saw a 60% improvement after being administered piracetam. That is a huge number that more people need to realise.
While no medical comments can be made by us, we urge you to look at the data in this study. A 60% improvement must be more than significant. Of course nothing will ever be to the effectiveness of amphetamines to treat ADHD. This is because ADHD is a dopaminergic problem and not a cholinergic.
Dopaminergic drugs have the catch 22 of being dangerous and addictive. This doesn’t leave much room for ADHD sufferers for alternatives. For those not being able to handle the dangerous side effects of dopaminergics perhaps nootropics may be an option. This is something you have to evaluate personally.