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I'm curious, as I have been pretty much been diagnosed with ADD, can stimulants increase intelligence, or scores on IQ tests? I've never taken an official one, so I'm not looking to redeem myself, but I do want to take one soon to see what my (general) academic potential is. Problem is, I can just tell I wouldn't perform well due to stress level, distractability, short-term memory problems, etc. I have heard that if someone truly has ADD/ADHD, then it is possible for stimulants to improve iq test scores/general functioning.

To clear things up, both my psychologist and psychiatrist thought I had ADD and was intelligent, and were bascically pushing for me to get on meds. Right now I just feel ineffectual, and I need to know if I can improve my functioning. Thanks in advance for the replies.
[QUOTE=TryAgain121;4284323]I'm curious, as I have been pretty much been diagnosed with ADD, can stimulants increase intelligence, or scores on IQ tests? I've never taken an official one, so I'm not looking to redeem myself, but I do want to take one soon to see what my (general) academic potential is. Problem is, I can just tell I wouldn't perform well due to stress level, distractability, short-term memory problems, etc. I have heard that if someone truly has ADD/ADHD, then it is possible for stimulants to improve iq test scores/general functioning.

To clear things up, both my psychologist and psychiatrist thought I had ADD and was intelligent, and were bascically pushing for me to get on meds. Right now I just feel ineffectual, and I need to know if I can improve my functioning. Thanks in advance for the replies.[/QUOTE]
I'm an adult with ADD and have taken Adderall for at least 10 years. What the medication does is help with staying on task, decrease impulsivity, etc. IQ scores are not static--meaning that you can get a different score each time you're tested based on who is testing, testing conditions, which type of IQ test is utilized, etc. Without the medication, my work performance suffers--particularly in the area of procrastination/completing tasks in a timely manner. Look up the diagnostic criteria as stated by DSM IV (manual for psych diagnoses) and you can pretty much see if you meet criteria. Having said all that, the answer to your question is NO, stimulants do not increase intelligence. Good luck.





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