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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.
Lacks scientific evidence of ADHD - conflates two unrelated issues
This movie does not provide scientific evidence for how medication can support and improve many symptoms for people clinically diagnosed and living with ADHD.
The documentary addresses the issue of legalised addiction to speed, which is a completely separate debate, argument and concern. Very separate to the medical purpose these medications serve. Clearly the abuse of these drugs needs addressing yet not under the banner of anti-ADHD with the outcome further stigmatising people with this condition.
If your life is touched by ADHD and or you or your child benefit from these life saving medical treatments - then my suggestion NOT to watch this film.
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