Since I did not have hyperactivity. I did not take dexadrine. I did not go to a
therapist. I did not have friends who took ritalin. I must have no idea what I
am talking about. Oh wait all that stuff did happen to me. Maybe I do have a clue.
But you are right I am not a scientist or behavioral analyst. So you can take
my comments with a grain of salt. However, I back my opinion with a good
amount of knowledge and experience. So let's discuss that spreading
misinformation about something you obviously don't understand.
Ritalin is a Methylphenidate, a psuedo-amphetamine or if you prefer a stimulant.
Ritalin is currently manufactured in by Novartis
The company used to be known as Ciba.
Ritalin is the grandchild of the stimulants caffeine and ephedrine. The effects
of caffeine and ephedrine are short term. There was a desire for a long term
stimulant. Thus Ritalin is born. There were other drugs also but we are
So how does Ritalin work?
Well that is the best part. They aren't sure. Discussions have ranged from
dopamine to serotonin. However there is no consensious as to how it works.
Since Ritalin is a stimulant that came out in the 1950's it was used to treat
disorders narcolepsy and chronic fatigue.
.Somewhere along the line it was
added to the list of items used to treat hyperkinetic syndrome(the grandfather
Hyperkinectic syndrome gets a kick in the butt with the influenza outbreak of
1918-1919. What does influenza have to do a brain disorder? Remember in my
earlier post I linked to The Great Influenza.
If you survived the influenza pandemic you were likely to catch encephilitis.
Which does cause mental disorders. All of the sudden there are a bunch of people
exhibiting strange behavior. All sorts of treatments are tried. Then in the late
1930's a doctor finds Benzedrine(a stimulant) helps kids with behavior problems.
The race is on.
Now that a little of the history is behind us. Let's get back to the drug.
Ritalin:The US consumes 85% of the Ritalin produced.
So if you agree with that it is over perscribed. That is a very scary situation.
Ritalin is a lifetime drug. That means for many once you start taking it you
have to for the rest of your life. About 80% of those who take it will take it into their teens. 60% will take it into adulthood.
Outside of the side effects which many medications have. Outside of the deaths caused. Which is not really that high a number. The overall effect is basically zombification. This is where my personal observations come in. I have seen people on and off the medication. They might as well have been extras in Dawn of the Dead.
Other medications as alternatives:
Not that I am endorsing any of these.
Now I could continue to go on. But I think I have made my point.