Artist Justine Cooper has a sideline: drug development. She also handles all marketing for her invention, the new blockbuster medication Havidol. Check out the website: it's a provocative (and amusing) commentary on the medicalization of discomfort in America.
Joking aside, there are some serious ethical questions here. Drugs are available now for a range of "syndromes" and "disorders" that used to be considered part of life. Not our favorite part, maybe, but not the end of the world. Today there are medications for Restless Leg Syndrome. Some argue that many little boys who are being given drugs for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are, in fact, healthy little monsters whose unruliness is developmentally appropriate. Treatment is also available for Idiopathic Short Stature.
Where should we draw the line? Is medicalizing such "disorders" beneficial to patients? Or mainly to pharmaceutical companies? And which came first: the drug or the disorder?
Hint: the site is a bit like the Harry Potter books. . . try saying the unfamiliar words out loud.
Hat tip: The Scientist.