Do stimulants change your personality? You will likely find the answer to this question on the Internet. However, if you do some research about how these drugs affect your brain, the answer will be probably. The reason there is no answer to this question is due to how we define personality. Your personality develops during late adolescence and early adulthood. It is determined by many factors, including genes, environment, your upbringing, and how you were raised. His narcissistic personality disorder is probably the most common personality disorder. It’s a stretch to say that these drugs can make someone a narcissist, but I agree.
I will discuss the effects of stimulants on the brain and how they can affect your emotions. Research has shown that stimulants may have long-lasting effects on children’s brains.
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