Essay about The Dark Side Of Prescription Drugs

1525 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The Dark Side of Prescription Drugs
Medications have the capacity to affect how we think, act and feel. Tyler Page, author of the graphic novel Raised on Ritalin discusses his journey living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for thirty-nine years. He was treated with Ritalin and Adderall, which impacted his life, family, relationships, and occupation. On the other hand, Ellen Forney comic artist of the graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, depression, Michelangelo and Me, discusses her lifestyle as a comic artist along with her diagnosis with bipolar disorder. Although Tyler and Ellen have different disorders, they still have similar reasons for taking medications. They both have biological and physical symptoms, and they both take drugs to change the way they interact with people and society.
The first biological reason why Tyler takes medication is as a result of his sleeplessness. Tyler was diagnosed with ADHD at the age eight. He knows how it feels for a child to be deprived of adequate sleep to carry out his normal daily activities. A child of Tyler’s age would know the difficulty and struggle of not having enough sleep to prepare for the following day. Studies show that children and adults tend to be more restless, less oriented, grumpy and more anxious if they do not sleep enough. As a result, it is recommended that at least eight hours of sleep is necessary at night to function properly. Due to Tyler’s diagnosis of ADHD, he seems to be hyperactive and…

Related Documents