Prescription medications in America are advertised to consumers by pharmaceutical companies pushing the need to enhance or better ourselves. Got a headache? Take a pill. Have trouble focusing? Take a pill. Medicalization is the idea that through the utilization of different drugs, we can control our bodies and minds, unnatural and natural, processes. Biomedicalization is the thought that our bodies and behaviors are enhanced through medical intervention. In our current American society, we believe any ailment can be cured by taking a pill, making us perfect. We live in a fast paced society where minor pains and other health issues are not acceptable reasons to take a break. We take medications to make us feel better for physical and mental ailments. An example of this is the use of amphetamine salts to treat attention deficit hyper disorder, or ADHD. While many individuals may actually have severe ADHD, there is an entire population of individuals who use these amphetamine salts without being diagnosed with the disease. College students, athletes, and other individuals take drugs like Adderall or Vyvanse to help with their performance academically or in other tasks. These drugs help people focus on a task at hand and maintain that focus for multiple hours. These amphetamine salts play a huge cultural role in our western society. Most college students abuse these drugs because of the amount of stress put on them from their academic, work, and personal lives. Going to class, work, dinner, and also studying for 4 hours everyday is difficult. These drugs are pushed to students by pharmaceutical companies and doctors and a fix for their workloads. These drugs are also over-prescribed to children in an effort to “fix” their impatience or their inability to perform well in class. I believe children should not be given these drugs at a young age because it builds dependence and numbs their train of thought. Doctors also push the medication as a fix all solution for kids who may be a little more hyper than their classmates.
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