The Effects of Adderall and Its Place in Professional Gaming

What is Adderall?Adderall is actually an extremely popular drug in the United States. It is used to increase concentration and is widely known to be used primarily by college students, but is still used by adults and children down to low ages of 6 or 7. Adderall is basically a legal speed, increasing your heart rate, can stay up all night, and can curve your appetite for almost as long as you are taking it.
The use of Adderall in Professional Gaming is something I think can stir up some debate between gamers. I have read a thread on a StarCraft 2 forum which confirmed that there are professional SC2 players who actively take this medication. I personally was on this medication for about 6 months and will explain my experiences with the substance.
The first question I think most people will have is, does it work to increase video gaming skills?

Easy answer, YES, Adderall works perfectly for gaming, just be prepared to game for 10 hours non-stop, not kidding.

At first when I began taking Adderall it was a God send. I never had a desire to stop playing, and at the time was playing League of Legends, so I would play for a solid 10 hours a night or so. Basically I get home at 7, and play until 4 or 5 am. This was my NORMAL schedule while taking Adderall, for MONTHS! This was not healthy for me, and I will say I took slightly more than the normal dose on occasion, but I was not abusing it.
Adderall makes you feel alert, quick, responsive, and talkative and all of these things are necessary when playing League of Legends and StarCraft 2 on a professional level. So with that being said, do I think it is fair for Pro gamers to use it, mainly for LAN tournaments etc.
I would say: YES I think it is okay for Pro gamers to take Adderall ONLY if they were previously subscribed it or actually need it to function and not just to increase winning chances, like a steroid, in a video game. It has legitimate uses for people, myself being on computers all day, it really helped my productivity in my job, but after extended use it wore my brain out physically from never taking a break from it.
So final comment, Adderall is awesome, but it is a controlled substance and can be deadly. and It is harmful to the mental state of many people who take it for extended periods of time, so use caution and don’t abuse it, remember to take breaks and you should be good to go!

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  1. Steamrawrler says:

    Yeah you have no idea how much me and my friends abuse this for gaming. Sometimes not even at a competitive level but just to straight demolish a game.

  2. Jacob_Stevens says:

    100% agree on this. It helps my ADHD and makes me feel at peace with the world, which is great when shrapnel is flying and ragers are screaming into their headsets. But if one goes without sleep and takes it constantly, your head will get quite f*cked up. You may experience the normal symptoms of sleep deprivation, but amplified tenfold. Confusion turns into mild hallucinations, paranoia turns into panic attacks, etc. Just be smart and you should be fine.

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