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Hank Ketchum may have a problem on his hands. For 'Dennis' his hyperactive brattish cartoon creation may never be the menace he once was. There are growing fears that just like a hundred thousand German children, Dennis too might be given a small white pill to take by his mother every day. The pill, the mothers know, will enable their children to prioritise and distinguish between important and unimportant stimulation's, will make them more placid and help them concentrate for longer periods of time. Though Mr Ketchum will not want Dennis to while away his precious childhood in a corner facing a blank wall, atoning for his naughtiness, he isn't quite sure how a pill-induced behaviour transformation would effect his spunky character. The good news is that Dennis is a fictional character and will most definitely not be taking any such pills. However, the same cannot be said about the thousands of German children who, after having been diagnosed with a form of hyperactivity, are being given a drug called Ritalin. The drug makes the children more placid - cutting out other forms of typically destructive behaviour, besides helping them to knuckle down and concentrate on tasks at hand. Even though the drug is used as a support treatment and cannot cure the symptoms of this disorder, psychologists have begun to question the disturbing trend of trying to artificially control a child's behaviour. With drugs like Ritalin - now in a position to significantly revolutionise the way we will be rearing children in the years ahead - this concern is entirely justified.