I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.
Society today is far less tolerant of childish behavior -- hence, the growing popularity of the ADHD label, which has become the "go-to diagnosis" for children that don't fit the psycho-therapeutic public school mold of quiet, docile and conformist.
What's a collegiette to do when it's midnight and she hasn't even started studying for that 8 a.m. exam yet? Several college students across the country have found a risky solution: study drugs. Used without a prescription, however, these drugs can be dangerous -- not to mention illegal.
I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.
I never cease to be amazed by some of the things I read, hear and observe. Television commercials in particular cause me to scratch my head and ponder. It boggles my mind to realize that before these are released to the public they're actually approved by an infinite number of people.
Hruska's fine debut novel, Accelerated, offers a cautionary tale not only of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex but also of the high-pressured, high-powered world of privilege in Manhattan's elite private schools.
I've never been against using medication in children. I am against a first and only use of medication in children who are minimally impaired. I believe first one must try to employ effective non-drug interventions of behavior modification and special education.
Some of these children may actually have ADD, but in most cases the M.D.s are simply justifying to the child, parents, school and insurance company the use of these universal performance-enhancing medications.
Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.
The piece, by L. Alan Sroufe, a psychology professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, was such a broad assault on what we know about ADHD, and how it is affected by medications like Ritalin and Adderall, that it deserves point-by-point response.
Children with extreme degrees of impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity are easy to diagnose with ADHD. However because these behaviors vary (from none to many) in a bell shaped distribution curve, most of ADHD diagnosed in this country is of the mild variety.