It turns out you don’t need to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in order to get the prescription drugs that treat it – you just have to know how to fake it.
The first step to marketing new stimulants is, of course, thinking of something that makes people tired normally and then turning it into a medical condition. Enter jet lag disorder. Sleep specialists say that while not exactly a disease, it is a condition that can be dangerous.
The emerging notion of “Internet addiction” remains controversial. The term has yet to be recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a disorder and is not listed in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). But some experts have lobbied for its inclusion in the manual’s upcoming revision, due out in 2012.