Impulsive Children on Psychostimulants: A National Scandal in the Making?
The use of psychostimulant drugs to control classroom behavior has risen dramatically in the past few decades, to the point where many believe it has become a national scandal. Such medical "solutions" for childhood problems, many of which may be socially created, may have widespread consequences for the future of our children. This talk explores whether the widespread medical treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders reflects an increase incidence of a neurological disorder in American children or an increased intolerance of childhood impulsivity. Professor Panksepp explores more natural ways to accommodate the ancient functions of the human brain - such as natural playful urges - with the educational expectations of society, suggesting proposals for alternative policies that might be pursued without resort to the use of mind-altering drugs.
Panksepp, Jaak, "Impulsive Children on Psychostimulants: A National Scandal in the Making?" (1998). ICS Fellow Lectures. 116.