Medscape has a great commentary on the use of psychiatric drug use by medical school students and residents. The writer cites a report that “75% of American medical students and residents are taking stimulants, antidepressants, or other psychiatric medications.”
We didn’t realize just how prevalent the use was, but we had some inclination that med school students and residents have been using these drugs for performance enhancement as we’ve fielded calls and emails from students and residents who have been caught using them. (And just as they say the majority of athletes who use steroids don’t get caught, why should we believe the same isn’t true of psychiatric med abuse?)
I’m sure prospective medical school applicants are already well aware of the dangers of drug abuse and no doubt intend to discourage their patients from abusing testosterone replacement therapy, growth hormone, etc. A physician’s life doesn’t necessarily get easier after medical school and residency. If you need to start abusing enhancing drugs early in your career, how are you ever going to be able to deal with the stresses of your profession without their help? And do you really expect your body to hold up to that many decades of psychiatric medicine abuse?
Best of luck with your applications!
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