In an unprecedented decision, Wesleyan University has labeled the illicit use of pharmaceutical “study-aids” like Ritalin and Adderall a violation of the school’s academic honor code. Essentially, this would make the use of these drugs by individuals without official prescriptions — allegedly 6.4 percent of college students — a form of cheating.

We here at the Clog love our sleep; the soft embrace of our blankets, the caress of our pillow. Which is why it at first seems so foreign to us that anyone would think to intentionally deprive themselves of that most blessed state, especially for the sake of studying. read more »

jonathonrooney“When I entered 9th grade, my counselor sat me down and said, ‘Do you know what happens to people like you?’ He said, ‘People like you end up flipping burgers’ … Four years later, when I was about to graduate, he sat me down again and told me, ‘You would be lucky to flip burgers, because people like you end up in jail.’”

That was Jonathon Mooney, who was diagnosed with dyslexia in 4th grade and ADHD in 5th, talking at the Alumni House this afternoon. Two decades later, he has not flipped burgers or been in jail, instead choosing to graduate from Brown as an English major with honors, write books about his own experiences with learning disabilities (“The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal”) and the state of alternative education (“Learning Outside the Lines”), as well as develop a nationwide mentorship and advocacy program for learning disabled students called Project Eye-to-Eye. In your face, evil high school counselor! (He didn’t say that, we did.)

What strikes you first about him is not, “My god, this man is diseased and in great need of pity,” (we hope that’s not how anyone is struck by learning disabled people) but, “Wow, this guy is cool.” His red hair is slicked up in a dangerously hip hybrid between spikiness and bed-head; thick-rimmed, vintage-style glasses adorn his face above a well-groomed beard, and his hands are alive as he talks, narrating, emphasizing, punctuating his words.

He talked about how ADHD and dyslexia are not sicknesses: “The idea that my brain is a broken brain and needs to be fixed is a dangerous way to think…Like they say, the only person that is normal is the person you don’t know very well. ‘Normal’ is inherently contextual and cultural.”

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a beacon of hyperactive hope?Attention North Berkeley moms: Looks like it’s time to dust off that weed butter recipe you haven’t touched since the Apartheid protests. No, not for you. Or your HIV-positive tabby cat. Yes, that’s right … for your kids. Your kids with A.D.H.D.

A recent report from Dr. Jean Talleyrand, founder of East Bay MediCann clinics, revealed that up to 50 Bay Area adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 have been prescribed medical marijuana to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

UC Berkeley psych chairman Stephen Hinshaw has christened the treatment “one of the worst ideas of all time,” insisting that THC will further drain concentration, attention and memory of the patients. Doc Talleyrand maintains that cannabis is “safer than aspirin” and lacks the growth-stunting, depression-inducing, insomniac side effects of any amphetamine kids are popping these days.

While the treatment does seem pretty counterintuitive to the symptoms of A.D.H.D., the jury is still out. Who knows? Maybe Mommy-approved marijuana will put a few gutter punks out of business.

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Medical Marijuana: No Longer Just For Adults [NY Times]


It’s settled, then. As if the awesomeness of stimulant drugs weren’t self-evident enough already, UC Berkeley researchers offer hard proof and vindication

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in the face of your judgmental roommate. A.D.H.D. medications improve cognitive performance, raise test scores and, by extension, render you an overall better person. OK, this last conclusion we inferred ourselves–and yes, the study did pertain to legitimately diagnosed children and doctor-prescribed meds, not strung-out Berkeley students and whatever it is you get from that shady frat guy you met in discussion section. But hey, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, right? read more »