Ritalin

Ritalin And The Freedom Of Choice

Britney Spears Ritalin

Children come with all sorts of personalities and with different sets of skills. Because American society praises financial success over just about anything else, American parents push their children toward those careers believed to be most lucrative careers that usually require going to college. This results in an emphasis on academics and the competition for grades, and the need for a pill to help those who are not naturally inclined toward this goal. But is drugging the child good for the...

Ritalin and the Human Brain

How Ritalin Works

ATTENTION-DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER SYMPTOMS IN SEARCH OF A CAUSE The symptoms of inattention, distractibility and or hyperactivity that define attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when treated with the stimulant drug Ritalin. For long-term success, however, the behaviors associated with these symptoms can also addressed with different techniques, some of which have been described in Chapter 2. These two different types of treatments point to two different causes for...

Ritalin And Insulin

No one would argue that some children are more energetic and active than others and that this makes them more difficult to teach and control. Only in the last few decades, however, have these traits and their consequent behaviors of hyperactivity, inattention, and or impulsivity been diagnosed as a medical condition and treated with Ritalin. Although many pediatricians believe that depriving a hyperactive child of Ritalin is similar to, say, depriving a diabetic of insulin, others find this...

Methylphenidate Miracle Pill or Legal Speed

Methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin and Concerta ) is a stimulant drug prescribed to treat hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention in millions of American children. Methylphenidate was first synthesized in the mid-1940s in Europe. In the United States, it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955. The effects of methylphenidate in the human body are almost identical to those of the amphetamines. Amphetamines the collective name for levoamphetamine (Benzedrine),...

Bibliography

Attention Deficit Disorder A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment. New York The Guilford Press, 1990. -. Taking Charge of ADHD. New York The Guilford Press, 1995. Breggin, Peter R. Reclaiming Our Children. Cambridge, MA Perseus Books, 2000. -. Talking Back to Ritalin. Monroe, ME Common Courage Press, 1998. DeGrandpre, Richard. Ritalin Nation. New York W.W. Norton, 1999. Diller, Lawrence H. Running on Ritalin. A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a...

Question Of Cannot Versus Will

Increase Ritalin Usage

When, after years of struggling with their child's behavior, parents ask a doctor whether their child has ADHD, what they are really asking is whether there is a physiological reason for their child to behave the way he or she does. What they are asking is whether the child cannot behave or whether he or she will not behave. Tired of blaming themselves for what they see as their own failure, parents are often eager to embrace the idea that there is some malfunction in the child's brain that...

Wonder Drugs Hold The Seed For Addiction

They energize people, allowing them to forget the need for sleep and food. They also increase accuracy and concentration and can make the user feel superhuman. More than a century ago, the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used cocaine to sharpen his mind. Not even he could escape without paying a price, however, and, over the course of four novels, the reader witnesses his fall into addiction. One quote is very appropriate. Holmes's partner, Watson, in The Sign...

Ritalin Abuse

RITALIN, COCAINE, AND AMPHETAMINES SHARE THE SAME PATTERN Ritalin has been hailed by many parents and teachers as a miracle pill once described by its makers (Novartis, formerly Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals) as a mild central nervous system stimulant and by the New York Times as a mild stimulant that is roughly equivalent to a jolt of strong coffee.24 These statements belie the fact that Ritalin has been known, since it was first marketed in the mid-1950s, to be a highly addictive drug subject to...

Consulting Editor

University Professor School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences State University of New York at Buffalo A Haights Cross Communications Company Philadelphia Ritalin and Other Methylphenidate-Containing Drugs Copyright 2004 by Infobase Publishing All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval systems, without permission in writing from...

Ritalin in the United States

COSMETIC USE OF RITALIN THE SEARCH FOR PERFECTION Children take it under doctors' orders to stop fidgeting and pay attention. College students snort it to get high or cram for finals. In one case, Ritalin is considered a prescription drug, and its use is medically sanctioned. In the other, it is called a drug of abuse, and its use is a felony. However, the distinction between use and abuse is not always clear. Sometimes, the person taking Ritalin without a prescription is a teenager whose...

Ritalin Abuse The Real Paradox

It makes children concentrate and behave, calms them down, and makes them easier to handle. So, detractors claim, would cocaine, if it were given in the same context. Laboratory experiments show that rats able to self-administer cocaine do so repeatedly, choosing the drug over food and sex until they die. They do the same with Ritalin. Because Ritalin has virtually the same pharmacological properties as cocaine, the real paradox about the extensive use of Ritalin in ADHD children...