Ritalin the much vetted cure for ADD and ADD and AADD etc is as far as I am concerned a medication that was created by pharmaceutical companies and
psychologists in order that either or both can peddle their wares. I don't believe that ADD or ADHD or any other permutation of attention deficit
disorder really exists. However this thread is not about the "disorders' rather the inventiveness of students and potentially the pressure they feel
to perform and the lengths that they will go to achieve better results. How does that really differ from the use of steroids and drugs in athletics?
Will we have to test students for "drugs" before they can write an exam? Or should kids who don't want to use intellectual stimulants be
participating in an non-equal arena?
"It was late spring in her junior year, and Kelly Tek was having trouble focusing in her University of Pennsylvania classes.
She went to the student clinic, where she was given Wellbutrin for depression. But still, the classes were long and her attention continued to slip.
The doctor prescribed Strattera, a drug commonly used for attention-deficit disorder (ADD).
"It helped somewhat, but it wasn't an amazing miracle," said Tek, 21, a senior majoring in International Relations, who said she has stopped taking
the drugs. "But I have a friend who takes an ADD drug, and people are always borrowing some to help them get through a bad day of studying."
Forget going to the doctor for bronchitis or poison ivy. Nowadays, patients are increasingly demanding drugs to help them perform better at the
company conference, study harder for tests, or eliminate performance anxiety before a big date.
It's called "cosmetic neurology," this use of new drugs that help people who aren't sick psychologically perform better socially.
Memory-enhancing drugs, ranging from stimulants such as Adderall to an Alzheimer's drug called Aricept, are particularly in demand, doctors say.
Scripts to treat attention-deficit disorder increased 500 percent between 1991 and 2000, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. A 2002
study by the University of Wisconsin reported that one out of every five college students takes the stimulant Ritalin or Adderall, an amphetamine that
can sharpen performance and memory that recently was suspended for sale in Canada. The drug has been linked to 20 sudden deaths in children in the
United States since 1999.
Two newer drugs also are gaining a lot of attention in the performance enhancement arena. One, Provigil, is geared toward those with narcolepsy as a
"wake promoting agent" but is often taken by students pulling all-nighters.
Another, called propranolol, has been shown to help people remember horrific memories without emotion.
Chatterjee said he was concerned that the marketing campaigns would not only have adult patients banging on physician doors, but parents demanding
them for their children."
[edit on 8-3-2005 by Angelic1]