write differently when you're taking Adderall? I am interested primarily in those taking it as directed rather than using it for studying, but I'm interested in any perspective.
Choire Sicha thinks so
: "Though I can tell when you're writing on Adderall, yes I can. That is reason #52 why I hate it. All that focusing really does something to your syntax. Something bad!"
I have just been prescribed generic Adderall XR (15 mg) after a full evaluation and clinical diagnosis of ADHD-Inattentive. I'm only on my second day of it, but I see a huge difference in my focus.
The quote from Sicha that I linked above has been bouncing around my head for 18 months. When I first read it, I was just fascinated that it made a clear difference; now I have an actual vested interest in knowing what that difference is.
[For those concerned, I do not have cats. See reason #84 via the link for more information.]
I did a search on AskMeFi and saw a couple of other comments that alluded to the same idea. One person suggested that people taking the drug might write faster and then make more basic mistakes.
I'm not a writer by trade, but I write a lot. I'm in a literate profession and write every day for work, as well as writing emails and blog posts and MeFi comments all day long. I'm concerned about possible changes-for-the-worse to my writing. I'd like to know what to look out for so I can try to correct anything obvious.
What have you observed?
If you think there is a difference, do you notice it primarily in people who abuse it to stay awake to write papers, or do you notice it in people who take it responsibly as well?
I'm really more interested in working professionals than students, but I am interested in any perspective you have.