NEW YORK —
So what about Ritalin? The drug, a stimulant that helps its users focus, listen and organize their behavior, may well help discourage ADHD sufferers from committing spur-of-the-moment crimes — if you're concentrating on the task at hand, you're much less likely to abandon it when you're struck by the impulse to go rob a drug dealer.
But it's also entirely plausible that impulse control makes for better criminals. A jittery, hyperactive thief seems more likely to get caught or make a stupid mistake than one who has his nerves under control. As a user of such medication myself, I can say with confidence that the nefarious plots I conceive while on my meds are much more focused and plausible than the stuff I come up with when unmedicated. If your criminality involves long-term planning — if, for example, you are involved in an elaborate heist that requires you to memorize the blueprints to a museum — then a stimulant might be just the thing you need to succeed.