PHL-204 Response Paper #4 (Question 2)

PHL-204 Response Paper #4 (Question 2) - the debate over...

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PHL-204 Response Paper # 4 Question 2 In Fukuyama’s book Our Posthuman Future , he includes a chapter titled “Neuropharmacology and the Control of Behavior”, which addresses the issues that have arisen from the use psychotropic medications to alter one’s mood. There are two psychotropic medications in particular that he speaks about: Prozac (used to treat depression) and Ritalin (used to treat ADD/ADHD). Each or these drugs has their own mood altering effects on those who take them, but I will focus on the effects that ADD/ADHD medication (Ritalin) has on those people who take them. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been a very controversial subject in the psychological world over the past couple of decades. Debates on the basis or symptoms of the “disorder” have been very common, but more recently there has been
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Unformatted text preview: the debate over the increasing number of people prescribed these medications (about 15 million Americans). The claim of those opposed to this increase in the prescriptions of ADD/ADHD medications is that many people who have a prescription do not actually need one, as many of these people would still be able to able to cope with everyday life and function “normally” without the effects of these drugs. This claim is based on the lack of involvement by parents in young children’s lives and the notion that the effects of the drugs are common to anyone who takes them. A better way to claim that this increase in prescription is not needed or even harmful to people would be to assess the drugs effects on the “self –esteem” of those taking them....
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