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. Consuming the right amount of caffeine can be a huge help to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Estimates vary, but up to 5 percent of U. ADHD is likely caused by structural, chemical, and connectivity differences in the brain resulting from genetics and environmental triggers.
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. Coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, chocolate — many of us consume caffeine throughout the day for a quick, temporary energy surge. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and boosts dopamine production — both of which help the body with movement, attention, and focus.
But what impact does it have on your brain? The right amount of caffeine can help you focus, but too much might make you jittery, anxious, or irritable. Caffeine is considered a stimulant. This stimulation can cause a person to feel energized and not to feel the effects of fatigue as strongly. Sometimes the effect can be negative, however.