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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Foer on Drugs

No, not that Foer.  No, not the other one at TNR. 

The third Foer has written an article at Slate about the uses and disadvantages of Adderall for productivity.  It sounds like it might help compulsive bloggers get some real work done....

Posted by Ethan Leib on May 10, 2005 at 03:12 PM in Article Spotlight | Permalink


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That ADD & ADHD are best treated by amphetamine derivatives is one of the great mysteries of neurochemistry ... or at least one of the best irony. When you look at the disorders usually resulting in a script, of coarse it stifles your creativity. The problem with ADHD is the inability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time and the corresponding drop in productivity. The dangers happen when people stop eating while on it (Ritalin & adderall can cause a contraction of the abdominal muscles that prevents you from feeling hungry, though not from truly being hungry) and in the consumption of the drugs in non-oral vectors. The most common method with ritalin was to snort the crushed capsules. For people who are not ADD/ADHD, these drugs are like 10 strong cups of black coffee as a pill ... hence the controlled substance standard of the drugs. I have not seen any studies as to the efficacy of the work produced under the influence of these drugs, so it may be the classis connundrum of whether getting more done is actually getting more done *well*.

Posted by: Joel | May 10, 2005 5:02:12 PM

Or it might just make them blog . . . more. That's a terrifying thought. Note to self: never take Adderall.

Posted by: amosanon1 | May 10, 2005 4:07:20 PM

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