Association of previous history of ADHD and risky consumption of nootropics in university students: a cross-sectional study

José Miguel Valdés*, Francisco Javier Díaz, Pascale Marie Christiansen, Gabriel Arturo Lorca, Francisco Javier Solorza, Jorge Gaete

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Introduction: The misuse of nootropics (eg, methylphenidate, modafinil, etc.), that is, without a prescription, among university students has been increasing, reaching a prevalence of between 5-35%.
Objective: To explore associations between the history of the diagnosis of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and other factors and the risk consumption of nootropics in undergraduate students from a private university.
Methodology: Cross-sectional study. The data were obtained from an online survey using the ASSIST instrument, where a score ≥4 was considered risky consumption. A multivariate logistic analysis of the exposed variables was carried out.
Results: Having a previous diagnosis of ADHD increases 8.6 times the chances of “Risk consumption of nootropics”. In addition, the risky consumption of other substances (tobacco and benzodiazepines) is also strongly associated with the risky consumption of nootropics.
Conclusions: There is a strong association between a previous ADHD diagnosis and risky consumption of nootropics.
Translated title of the contributionAssociation of previous history of ADHD and risky consumption of nootropics in university students: a cross-sectional study
Original languageSpanish
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Sep 2021
EventLXXVI Congreso de Neurología, Psiquiatría y Neurocirugía: De lo Personal a lo Virtual -
Duration: 6 Oct 20219 Oct 2021
Conference number: LXXVI

Conference

ConferenceLXXVI Congreso de Neurología, Psiquiatría y Neurocirugía
Abbreviated titleSONEPSYN 2021
Period6/10/219/10/21

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