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I got shocked by the fact so many teenagers use Ritalin during their exams. Does it realy works or is it just a trend? Does this evolution shock you guys too?
What are your opinions about the use of drugs to perform better at coginitive functions?
I think it is disgusting. For me it is a symbol for the inhuman achievement-oriented society, the dissociation of requirements from human capacities and the very unhealthy denial of failure.
Drug abuse in law schools is very common, the pressure is incredible high and most of the students have doctors in their families who prescribe everything that is needed - at least that was common sense in my "elite school". For me it is simply cheating and should be sanctioned. Ritalin use without medical indication is drug abuse as well.
Before my Second State Exam I also struggled with anxiety and took a light sedativum and antidepressivum - I still see this very critical myself because on the one hand medical indication justified it and I felt so much better, but on the other hand it felt kind of unfair.
Finally that is exactly the modern scenario of dystopia, ritalin is the soma from Brave New World. Failure is part of being human - no drug can eliminate that.
Thank for the reply,
It's crazy but isn't it a sort of placebo effect in most cases? becasue they have more believe in the working or does it makes you "smarter'?
For some people it alters there concentration. When they quit taking it, there concentration returns to normal. It very well could be that some people get no effect from Ritalin and they could have a placebo effect. But definitely not all people.
True but i think it's bullshit that some students claim that due to Ritalin they where capable to learn massive amounts of shit overnight. Just I'm quit sure this is a dangerous trend we notice because for healthy persons Ritalin seems to have the effect of amfetamins on the body. Just funny that doctors give it to normal people. Crazy what this says about the world we are living in.
I agree. We live in a world where people focus on economic growth, wealth and materialism. On the heads of others.
And a world where everybody MUST be/act 'happy'. We see this in even the smallest details of our world for example why is there only a "like" button on facebook. I got a feeling that everything in this world is about a good feeling...
ritalin kills innovation.
As a child of the 90's I was diagnosed with ADD like every other kid. I hated taking the pills and wish my parents had fought against it. To me Ritalin like any other drug is just something doctors throw at patients as a band aid. It doesn't fix anything.
I believe in the balance of nature, meaning that every time we invent something that can be used for awsomness we at the same time invent something that can be used for the exact opposite. So is it shocking to me? no, hardly.
I don't know how ritalin works but if it helps you learning quicker/remember more of what you read I say its worth it unless it got potential bi-effects such as.. death or addiction=p
Anna is talking about the moral implications of using this drug but I disagree, with everything being relative and that.. some people learn easier then others by nature so in that sense, this drug would do nothing but make it more fair.
But drugs in general.. we're taking and inventing drugs for everything these days, drugs to eat, drugs to shit, drugs to take a piss, drugs to get a hard on, drugs to sleep, drugs to wake up, drugs for this and drugs for that .. think there's gonna be a lot of legal-drug related deaths in the coming years considering the entire western civilization is taking more drugs on an daily average then your common astronaut:p
Thanks for your reply I like it when people come with a concrete opinion.
To answer your question why I'm shocked: It shocks me just because of the fact it feels like a "hype" for the youth. A lot young people believe it is some kind of "wonder thing".
Maybe they take it because of the great ammount of pressure wich is uppon them (parrents, high price of education, etc.).
But I think they use it because they assume it would make learning something easy. Wich won't make it easy.
(I'm not speaking for the people with an attention dissorder, just normal people who use rittalin as a drug). And I think the effects aren't as harmless as we think (higher bloodpressure etc.)
Thank you for this clear, well formulated reply!