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Drugs That Alter Behavior: Psychopharmaceuticals

Would You Take Behavior-Altering Drugs?

Do pills that can help you kick cigarette or alcohol addiction, want to diet and exercise, or even be faithful to your partner sound too good to be true? They may become a reality, says neuroscientist David J. Linden, who looks into behavior-altering drugs in his book The Compass of Pleasure. Drugs that trigger brain responses, dubbed psychopharmaceuticals, haven't been cleared by the FDA yet, although there is a legal product called "Liquid Trust," which may or may not be effective (and reminds me a little of the love potion in Harry Potter). And while the potential side effects of these pills may not be as extreme as in Limitless, they could be dangerous.

If psychopharmaceuticals really worked and were available to buy, would you take them? Or does the idea of meds that affect your brain send up red flags?

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KateAthens KateAthens 6 years
Drugs that may or may not be effective don't sound too promising. But i would try probably. I don't think anything other than anxiety and stress medications though. How can a pill make you be faithful to your partner? One against libido in general?
amber512 amber512 6 years
I have an addictive personality, it'd make me uncomfortable.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I would, depending on the side effects.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I voted no, but I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I already do take 'natural' mood altering drugs- alcohol and weed- and would do magic mushrooms and opium if I could get my hands on any, haven't seen that shit around in years though. But synthetic drugs- hell no. I don't even like eating artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Also why would you want to be with someone who needs to take mind-altering drugs just to stay faithful?
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I take Lamactal and Zoloft. Does that answer your question? Without them, my behavior isn't so sweet.
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