ADHD Weekly Join the discussion. Although some studies have shown that caffeine may improve concentration in adults with ADHD, it is not as effective as medication. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that acts on the brain by affecting the neurotransmitters related to alertness and cognitive thinking.
Many people equate ADHD treatment with medication. In fact, while medication for ADHD often improves attention and concentration, it typically does very little to help symptoms of disorganization, poor time management, forgetfulness, and procrastination—the very issues that cause the most problems for many adults with ADHD. Medication for ADHD is more effective when combined with other treatments. You will get much more out of your medication if you also take advantage of other treatments that address emotional and behavioral issues and teach you new coping skills. Everyone responds differently to ADHD medication. Some people experience dramatic improvement while others experience little to no relief. The side effects also differ from person to person and, for some, they far outweigh the benefits.
Created for Greatist by the experts at Healthline. Read more. But caffeine is, in fact, a psychotropic drug — which just means it alters your mental state.
Caffeine — in a travel mug, Hershey wrapper, or mid-day Coke — is a natural stimulant that boosts dopamine production in the brain. But is caffeine a safe and effective treatment for symptoms? Here, we study the research and ask the experts.