The Natural Supplement That Replaced My Adderall

I was prescribed Adderall at the end of my junior year in college to help with my focus. Mostly, I used it to get through weeklong library binges and to write papers due the next day. By definition, the prescription medication is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are meant to stimulate the central nervous system to increase your ability to pay attention. And it really worked. However, when I was no longer going to class all day or studying all night, I wanted to find a more natural option. I do have a job that requires me to write all day on tight deadlines—so there's that.

It's been years since I filled my last prescription, and I've never been able to find anything that allows for the same results without any of the side effects (things like nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and loss of appetite). I began to accept the idea that I'd just have to lead a more sluggish life sans prescription.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.