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Kyle Carroll of Albany New York was diagnosed with ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when he was in the first grade His teacher told his parents Michael and Jill that Kyle was too hyper and couldnt concentrate for long periods of time Without seeing a professional about Kyles problem Kyle was p on a medication called Ritalin Immediately his parents started to notice side effects on Kyle and when they tried to take their child off of the medication the teacher threatened to call Social Services and lodge a complaint about child abuse Kamin Many families across America are faced with the problem of ADHD In fact approximately 4 million school aged children suffer from ADHD Many cases are misdiagnosed and over one million people take Ritalin who dont need it even though there are other alternatives In 1939 Dr C Bradley first prescribed Methylphenidate or Ritalin as a stimulant to treat children with ADHD Mandelkorn ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by a short attention span jumpiness and impulsive behavior To be diagnosed the victim of the disease usually goes through an average of eleven doctors Ritalin is a risky drug Taking this drug means having to take a dosage every four hours Like any other medication large doses can lead to addiction At the end of the day when the medication starts to wear off mood swings occur and the one who suffers becomes irritable Side effects which include insomnia loss of appetite stunted height and irritability are brutal to the victim Ritalin if taken improperly can increase a persons heartbeat and blood pressure This can cause cardiac arrhythmia irregular heartbeat and premature death If ADHD doesnt get treated correctly or within the first couple of years there are some serious long term consequences Ritalin is also found on college campuses under the names of Vitamin R and R-Ball College students are using this drug to improve concentration boost their alertness and help
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