Psychotropic drugs influence
the brain, feelings, and behaviors. These drugs include antidepressants and anxiolytics
such as Prozac, antipsychotic drugs, drugs used to treat sleep disorders, and
CNS stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Selected ethical issues:
for eligibility and access to psychotropic drugs.
- Use of drugs to improve the cognitive abilities of children, whether they have ADHD or
- The influence of the drugs on the children taking them, with regard to self-perception,
personal identity, authenticity, personal responsibility, the right to self-creation,
and so on.
- Use of drugs without medical indication in healthy individuals for cognitive
enhancement (see “neuroenhancement”).
- Use of psychotropic drugs to manipulate memory – memory editing/change.