If you thought Ritalin was invented in the early 00s — when every hyperactive American kid popped a few mills with his Cap’n Crunch and zipped off to 4th grade homeroom — you wouldn’t be alone. But methylphenidate has been around as a treatment for hyperactivity since at least the 60s. Then, as now, doctors were quick to give kids this legal meth when deeper emotional issues were desperately seeking diagnosis.
In fact, fans of 1973’s The Exorcist know that, before Fathers Merrin and Karras saved young Regan’s soul, she was given a prescription for Ritalin. “Nobody knows the cause of hyperkinetic behavior in a child,”…
As a professor of health law and bioethics, I began studying the use of drugs to enhance performance in sports, and I soon became interested in the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the military.
It’s not immoral to want relief from being too slow, scared, or fat, but speed could set you up for brain damage and psychosis—and life-draining repetition.
In a startling parallel to today’s opioid crisis, the drugs were liberally—and legally—prescribed despite little information on safety.
Walk into any American high school and nearly one in five boys in the hallways will have a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A Columbia University psychiatry professor talks about what he's learned from trying the drug himself and studying it over the years.
That many people misuse Adderall hoping to enhance work performance should not be news. But apparently it still is.
Adderall is a clever brand and a deceptive brand. In America, amphetamine has traditionally been associated with tweakers, speed freaks, bikers, truckers and all-night sex orgies. Adderall changed all that.
America’s workforce runs on amphetamines.
More specifically, it runs on Adderall (dextroamphetamine), Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), Focalin (dexmethylphenidate), and Concerta (methylphenidate), all commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Medications like Adderall can markedly improve the lives of children and others with the disorder. But the tunnel-like focus the medicines provide has led growing numbers of teenagers and young adults to fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions for highly addictive medications that carry serious psychological dangers.
Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.
A small Norwegian study found that some blue-collar laborers turn to stimulants to stay on the job for longer hours
We had a chat with Norman Ohler, whose latest book, 'Der Totale Rausch,' explains the story behind the Nazis' "performance enhancing" drug habits.
Meanwhile, doctors routinely prescribe this drug and others very similar to it for conditions such as narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If these drugs are as dangerous as Gonzales et al. claim, how can millions of Americans—including schoolchildren—safely consume them on a regular basis?
Ritalin is the most common brand name for methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Pharmaceutical company Novartis owns the name Ritalin, but methylphenidate is marketed under other brand names by other manufacturers; such as Concerta which is produced by the company Janssen.
Depressives have Prozac, worrywarts have Valium, gym rats have steroids, and overachievers have Adderall. Usually prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (read Sydney Spiesel in Slate on the risks and benefits), the drug is a cocktail of amphetamines that increases alertness, concentration, and mental-processing speed and decreases fatigue. It's often called a cognitive steroid because it can make people better at whatever it is they're doing.
"Any place where young people gather—where worship of the eureka experience runs high and faith in America runs low—amphetamine is becoming a god. Cops have Mace, kids have speed."
Favored by artists and mathematicians, the drug powered a great deal of innovation in the 20th century.
Unlike Ritalin or Adderall, modafinil isn’t an amphetamine and doesn’t flood the body with dopamine in the same way. For this reason, scientists originally believed it to be non-habit-forming, though some are beginning to doubt this claim.
A terrible number of words have been written about Breaking Bad, yet none have struck upon the irony at its core. For all of the cult hit’s vaunted fine-brush realism and sly cultural references, the show never even winked at the real world “blue” that grew up alongside it.
Eager to be the first to the top, these brave adventurers briefly turned to ... Adderall.
If you thought Ritalin was invented in the early 00s — when every hyperactive American kid popped a few mills with his Cap’n Crunch and zipped off to 4th grade homeroom — you wouldn’t be alone. But methylphenidate has been around as a treatment for hyperactivity since at least the 60s.