A simple observation. Dopaminergic pathways ORIENT attention. They are NOT exclusively associated with the reward pathways. They are just as much associated with the punishment pathways.
Dopaminergic neurones lock our attention onto the most relevant stimulus in our environment. If that stimulus happens to be a teacher or a boss with a bad attitude- then the results of taking stimulants may not be desirable.
Furthermore, Left brained, analytic attention drives a sympathetic response in and of itself.
Try taking your stimulants and doing a right brained meditation exercise like body scanning or a hypnosis/guided imagery exercise and all those "sympathomimetic" effects will evaporate.
Stimulants are well known to enhance learning in ANY population. If you have access to a legal prescription, then have the sense to use it to train in the most refined and stable attention that you can learn. The schools of thought that teach these attentional skills are thousands of years old, and will probably still be here long after modern psychiatry has been forgotten.View Thread