Psychostimulant use in conjunction with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder raises important questions among today’s college students about health, fairness, and the development of a person’s identity, as well as safety, artificiality, and dependency. Analysis of students’ experiences with prescription stimulants like Ritalin at a university in the northeastern United States, presented a clearer picture of how and why students incorporate prescription medicine into their lives and identities, as well as the costs and benefits of the prescription of this generation.
- The Rise (and Rise) of Viagra: Mother Jones interviews Meika Loe.
- Viagra: the hard sell: Coverage of Loe's work by the BBC.
- Ritalian abuse: statistics, at pbs.org: Meika Loe highly recommendeds this as a teaching resource.
- NY Times: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?: An article in The New York Times about academics using Adderall and Provigil to improve their academic performance.
- Adele E. Clarke, Janet K. Shim, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Ruth Fosket, and Jennifer R. Fishman studies contemporary context and working definitions for biomedicalization. Key Work: “Biomedicalization: Technoscientific Transformations of Health, Illness, and U.S. Biomedicine,” American Sociological Review 68 (2003): 161–194.
- Peter Conrad and Deborah Potter introduce and explore medical diagnostic expansion in the case of ADHD. Key Work: “From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults: Observations on the Expansion of Medical Categories,” Social Problems 47 (2000): 559–582.
- Richard DeGrandpre provides an early socio-cultural analysis of Ritalin use, and an argument about over-diagnosis. Key Work: Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness, W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.
- David E. Karp provides a qualitative analysis exploring the relationship between medicine and identity. Key Work: Is it Me or My Meds? Living with Anti-Depressants, Harvard University Press, 2006.
- Adam Rafalovich examines physicians’ relationships to medical ambivalence and uncertainty in treating ADHD. Key Work: “Exploring Clinician Uncertainty in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” Sociology of Health and Illness 27 (2005): 305–323.
- Sean Esteban McCabe: Study: 7 percent of college students used prescription drugs as stimulants for non-medical purposes, January 6, 2005.