David Bransford MD Memorial Weekend Post 2012

Judy Collins sings "My Father" With the extended Memorial Weekend, I imagine it will mean many different things to various people..Camping, family gatherings, celebrations, and times of reflections and memories. To our military heroes, our loved ones, and so many different emotions. In the world of psychiatry, I encounter more of the grief and loss […]

Performance-Enhancing Drugs ??

Performance-Enhacing Drugs ??

It seems far too common for college students/graduate students to present with the chief concern of not being able to concentrate in class and/or not be able to keep up with homework and school related projects. Often, the patient does not have an ADHD diagnosis from earlier school years in elementary-high school.  There has been the myth that a direct stimulant with improve concentration – if the person has a significant attention deficit.  I suspect the ability to concentrate is enhanced, but it is also true for most students. Only those with severe anxiety symptoms might find stimulants such as the amphetamines too anxiety inducing.

So such as strong demand for the direct stimulants (C-II scheduled – so highly addictive, rapid tolerance, and high street value…as a tab, snorted, or IV)

In Maia’s article, the question is raised of the double standard of “no performance-enhancing drugs in Sports,  but it is viewed as acceptable for improving school performance.  ??

Would welcome opinions about this issue, as it seems to be such a major source of use and abuse with the amphetamines….(am including methylphenidate in this class)  Brand Names with high street value- Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) and Ritalin (methylphenidate)  See a true desperation in amphetamine users that have become addicted………methamphetamine addicts, in particular 1.