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How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?
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Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry
10 doctors agree
In brief: Dopamine
The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by increasing the neurotransmitter Dopamine in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, which lets you plan, shift from task to task, and focus.
People with adhd have a shortage of Dopamine in this area.

In brief: Dopamine
The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by increasing the neurotransmitter Dopamine in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, which lets you plan, shift from task to task, and focus.
People with adhd have a shortage of Dopamine in this area.
Dr. Donald Haupt
Dr. Donald Haupt
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Still under stiudy
Most medications that work for adhd have the effect of increasing dopamin, a brain neurotransmitter that is closely linked to the reward system. However, details as to why increasing Dopamine activity seems to be so helpful with this disorder remain to be clarified--and it still isn't clear at all that the problem of adhd itself is a result of poor functioning of the dopamin system.

In brief: Still under stiudy
Most medications that work for adhd have the effect of increasing dopamin, a brain neurotransmitter that is closely linked to the reward system. However, details as to why increasing Dopamine activity seems to be so helpful with this disorder remain to be clarified--and it still isn't clear at all that the problem of adhd itself is a result of poor functioning of the dopamin system.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Although some with ADHD have interesting, still poorly understood changes in EEG activity, there is no specific association between ADHD and seizures. It's been looked at quite thoroughly.
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