The curious story of Adderall starts with a decades-old weight-loss amphetamine called Obetrol, which was being produced by a small company called Rexar. Jim Forgan is a psychologist in Jupiter, Florida.
He's laughing, looking at this man who has just told him that he has greatness within his soul, and the kid slaps the floor, then crosses his skinny arms on top of his head, and smiles with pride. And yet even if Peter Jensen's twenty-year-old estimates about misdiagnosis are still correct, an astonishing 25 percent of today's 6.
And "boys were 41 percent more likely to be given a prescription for a medication to treat ADHD if they were born in December than if they were born in January. The worst-behaved children were the ones receiving only drugs and no behavioral therapy.
Although Ritalin has been around for almost half a century, use of it to control children has exploded in the past few years.
We don't acknowledge it at all.
The chemist shared his invention with his wife, and—to their delight—the substance had a wonderful effect on her tennis game. But sometimes he still just can't. He named the new drug in honor of his darling.
Are we not being fair to him?