ADHD Drug Works by Stimulating Brain’s Motivation-Reward System

 – July 17, 2014  –– 

Activity in the regions of the brain associated with motivation and reward correlated with clinical improvements in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in adults given lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, the results of an imaging study have shown. "What we saw is that Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) increases activity in the caudate and anterior cingulate, which then seems to show that the medication increases sensitivity to reward," said Stephanie Duhoux, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in an interview about her poster presentation at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

-Dr. Stephanie Duhoux, Postdoctoral Fellow Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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