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TOPIC: Where’s the Moral Outrage for ADD Mass Medication?

Where’s the Moral Outrage for ADD Mass Medication? 31 May 2015 01:15 #362

Where’s the Moral Outrage for ADHD Mass Medication?
Posted by Diane McWhorter on May 29, 2015

Ever since Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D., né A.D.D.) became the icon-disability of the digital age, articles have been regularly tracking the spectacular increase in the diagnosis, the tragedy of addiction, doctors having second thoughts, the occasional rogue who never had first thoughts. Yet instead of reconsidering our industrial-strength pharmacological panacea, the attention-deficit generation, now in its 20s and 30s, has been taking its stimulants to the office—even when there are no meaningful symptoms to treat. Non-disordered go-getters, who maybe bummed their friends’ prescription pills in college, are simply doing what’s imperative to make it in the real world.

As stimulant meds expand from the classroom to become part of corporate hygiene—vitamin P for productivity!—personhood itself seems at risk of being a psychotropic delusion. Though the normalizing of pharmaceutical aids may have muted any scientific discussion of whether attention deficit is a real medical epidemic, why hasn’t the quickening drift toward mass medication triggered some kind of public moral debate? Shouldn’t we as a society finally begin asking ourselves not just “Is this necessary/wise/safe?” but “Is it right?”


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