Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation.
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The pressure to achieve more, do more, and be more is part of being human - and in the age of Adderall and Ritalin, achieving that can be as close as the local pharmacy. No longer just "a cure for excitable kids," prescription stimulants are in college classrooms, on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley...any place "the need to succeed" slams into "not enough hours in the day." But there are costs. In the insightful Netflix documentary TAKE YOUR PILLS, award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) focuses on the history, the facts, and the pervasiveness of cognitive-enhancement drugs in our amped-up era of late-stage-capitalism. Executive produced by Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger, TAKE YOUR PILLS examines what some view as a brave new world of limitless possibilities, and others see as a sped-up ride down a synaptic slippery slope, as these pills have become the defining drug of a generation.
This is a documentary about the ABUSE of stimulants. Not about how stimulants can legitimately help people who need them. The thing I'm upset about, is I do have ADD. I take a generic adderall every day to help me get to a normal productivity level. It doesn't make me high, it doesn't make me feel like a super human. It just helps me feel normal. And this documentary barely even touches that aspect.
Its all about people who dont have ADD, taking adderall and hit. it gives them a "high" or helps them go above and beyond. It really almost seems like a commercial for adderall. It focuses on the people who legit abuse it and struggle with addiction of it. They bring in people who crunch numbers all day, Athletes, coders etc. and it just really leaves a bad taste in Your mouth for a drug that literally helps millions ever day, including me.
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