Week 7_Drugs and Tom Cruise’s interview_by Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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In the discussion, we watched a video on Youtube, in which Tom Cruise shares his opinion about the effect of drugs on humans and whether they actually treat diseases or not. I would like to talk about this video in this blog because it is very controversial, but it still having a couple good points; plus I grew up in another society where the beliefs concerning this topic are very different.

Medicine became distinctively more accurate than religious treatments/sorcery the in treating patients the moment drugs were mass-produced and used. Penicillin is one of the most important drugs as it helped numerous people to survive. Since drugs were very effective, scientists increased their efforts of discovering more and better drugs that can cure every possible disease. Except for the physiological diseases though, whose symptoms are most of the times, apparent, there are other disorders, psychological, which are more complicated and the prescription of drugs is not 100% the correct way of treating a patient.

In the video, Tom Cruise does not agree with the administration of drugs to patients, who for example believe that they have ADD, as he states that usually there are not tests carried out or any evidence for ADD, yet the doctors immediately prescribe drugs to young children. Personally, medicines have changed the life of many patients who suffer from a mental disease and have enabled them to enjoy their time as much as that is possible. However, Tom Cruise has a point believing that drugs are not always the solution. What if these drugs do not actually help the patients improve, but they “shut them down” so that the patients do not show any signs of suffering to the outer world, simply making the people around them happier? It is hard to figure out the exact percentage of the cases where the patients do not get cured, but instead they cannot function at all, supporting Cruise’s argumentation and frustration in general.

However, his behavior on stage is exaggerated and perhaps appalling. Being famous for his movies, and not for his research in psychology, Tom Cruise should have some doubt instead of attacking the current beliefs of a society. The policy about drug administration and the method of treatment are the result of thousand studies throughout the years and cannot be disproved that easily by a single person who has no experimental proof but simply states a couple theories which though may be true.

I grew up in Athens, Greece, and the first time I heard of ADD was a few months ago, when I came to the United States. I am sure there are students who have ADD and perhaps take Ritalin, however, it is not a common disorder, and nobody complains about it. In the United States, Ritalin is the easy solution that everybody seeks; it perhaps relieves the small problem experienced, however, it may have more serious side effects in the future. Moreover, when a young student learns that there is a legal drug that a friend of his takes and it makes him more focused and happier, then he will want to take that drug too. Once he is used to taking Ritalin, he will soon give up trying to concentrate on his own and expect the drug to save him. <!– /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:”"; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>

. Sometimes, everything really depends on our expectations; if a person who is bored and does not want to study is made to believe that he has ADD he will never try to concentrate because he feels he is expected not to be able to focus.

Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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