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Does exercise have similar effects to ADHD medication?

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The stimulant medicines that are often used to treat adult ADHD work by increasing the availability of dopamine in the brain. So, it makes sense that a workout can have many of the same effects as stimulant drugs.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Can adults have ADHD?"

North Carolina State University: "Exercise and ADHD."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone: The Benefits of Physical Activity."

Archer, T. Neurotoxicity Research, February 2012.

Barkley, R.A. Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Guilford Press, 2010.

Kim, H. Neuroscience Letters, October 2011.

Pagoto, S. Eating and Weight Disorders, September 2010.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "ADHD FAQs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Can adults have ADHD?"

North Carolina State University: "Exercise and ADHD."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone: The Benefits of Physical Activity."

Archer, T. Neurotoxicity Research, February 2012.

Barkley, R.A. Taking Charge of Adult ADHD, Guilford Press, 2010.

Kim, H. Neuroscience Letters, October 2011.

Pagoto, S. Eating and Weight Disorders, September 2010.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "ADHD FAQs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

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