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Ritalin Several million children are being treated with Ritalin and other stimulants on the grounds that they have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder ADHD and suffer from inattention hyperactivity or impulsivity Ritalin and the amphetamines can for most purposes be considered one type of drug The number of children being drugged has escalated several-fold in the last few years Ritalin and amphetamine have almost identical adverse effects on the brain mind and behavior including the production of drug-induced behavioral disorders psychosis mania drug abuse and addiction Ritalin and amphetamine frequently cause the very same problems they are supposed to treat--inattention hyperactivity and impulsivity A large percentage of children become robotic lethargic depressed or withdrawn on stimulants Ritalin can cause permanent neurological tics including Tourettes syndrome Ritalin can retard growth in children by disrupting the cycles of growth hormone released by the pituitary gland The recent finding that Ritalin can cause cancer in some animals was not taken seriously enough by the drug company or the FDA Ritalin routinely causes gross malfunctions in the brain of the child There is research evidence from a few controlled scientific studies that Ritalin can cause shrinkage atrophy or other permanent physical abnormalities in the brain Withdrawal from Ritalin can cause emotional suffering including depression exhaustion and suicide This can make children seem psychiatrically disturbed and lead mistakenly to increased doses of medication Ritalin is addictive and can become a gateway drug to other addictions It is a common drug of abuse among children and adults ADHD and Ritalin are American and Canadian medical fads The US uses 90 of the worlds Ritalin CibaGeneva Pharmaceuticals also known as Ciba-Geigy Corporation a division of Novartis is the manufacturer of Ritalin It is trying to expand the Ritalin market to Europe and the rest of the world Ritalin works by producing malfunctions in the brain rather than by improving brain function This is the only way it works Short-term Ritalin suppresses
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