elegant_entropy (elegant_entropy) wrote in thequestionclub,
elegant_entropy
elegant_entropy
thequestionclub

  • Mood:

Better living through pharmacology

Prescription drugs used mainly for ADD/ADHD are becoming more popular as a way to work all night and actually produce something that's not craptastic by increasing a person's ability to concentrate/focus, both on this campus and in other universities. However, using these drugs without consulting an actual doctor or psychiatrist first can have some dangerous effects.

If these drugs can help a normal student reach superhuman levels of concentration (while they tend to simply level the playing field for ADD/ADHD students) and get a lot more work done academically, should neurotypical students be allowed to use them to unleash their fullest potential?

~~~
Being an ADDer myself, I'd be really wary of using these medicines on people who don't really need them. My intuition tells me this could lead to a lot of abuse, especially in the current US culture which is urging parents to push their children harder and harder to be academic superstars at increasingly younger ages. I also have this feeling that the neurotypical brain could be overwhelmed by this kind of thing, not already being used to a deficit (however, I'm no neurologist.) People are already using these drugs in this way, though. It concerns me.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 8 comments