Although students concur that the so-called 'smart pills' increase their concentration, focus and short-term memory, most of which you require to do well on an IQ test but the package doesn't come without worries. Misuse of pharmaceuticals like Adderall , Ritalin , Strattera and Provigil , peaks around exam time in colleges and even high schools. A survey of University of Delaware business majors found that 90 percent resort to such drugs as a study aid during crunch time such as finals; only about one in four had a legitimate prescription.
Crook had taken notice in the 1970s while studying Alzheimer's disease. "I started to think, This is odd isn't it, when we treat cancer, heart disease or anything else, we treat as early as possible," he recalls. "Where here , we don't really call something a disease and initiate treatment until the patient is really quite profoundly demented. They don't know where they are, what season it is, who's the president of the country. I mean, does that really make sense? Isn't that akin to treating cancer on the deathbed?"