Amphetamines: Mental effects

Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 5:04 am

Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system (CNS), producing feelings of euphoria, providing relief from fatigue, and increasing alertness. CNS stimulation provoked by amphetamines can also intensify emotions, increase aggression, and alter self-esteem.

As a prescription drug for the treatment of ADHD, amphetamines have been shown to increase performance accuracy, improve short-term memory, improve reaction time, aid in mathematical computation, increase problem-solving abilities in games, and help individuals concentrate.

Unfortunately, chronic amphetamine use can result in a psychological addiction, the belief that a person needs the drug in order to function. Psychological dependence can develop quickly, especially in people who already have clinical depression.

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