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Is Ritalin Good By Mark Perkins Have you ever suffered or known anyone that has suffered from attention deficit disorder ADD is a biologically based condition causing a persistent pattern of difficulties which includes three types of behavior These three types are difficulty attending or focusing on a specific task difficulty inhibiting behavior and difficulty controlling impulses In 1950 the prescription drug Ritalin was patented and manufactured by the CIBA-Geigy Corporation This drug stimulates the central nervous system with effects similar to but less potent than amphetamines and more potent than caffeine Bailey 1 Several million children are being treated with Ritalin on the grounds that they have attention deficit disorder and are suffering from there inattention hyperactivity or impulsivity In the past decade there has been growing evidence that Ritalin has had negative effects on a childs mind and behavior leading to such disorders like psychosis mania drug abuse and add iction It suppresses creative and spontaneous activity making them more docile and obedient because of the way that Ritalin produces malfunctions in their brain rather than improving its function Breggin 124 Prescribing Ritalin to children with diagnosed attention deficit disorder brings more negative side effects than solutions and leads to addiction Most parents realize that their children have the disorder once the child starts attending school Most of the time teachers are the ones who point out the childs symptoms The parent then takes the child to a social worker psychologist or psychiatrist for answers The American Psychiatric Association lists fourteen signs of which at least eight must be present for a child to be officially classified as ADDPasswater 1 Out of these fourteen signs are normal actions of children Some of these signs include fidgeting with hands or feet easily distracted by extraneous stimuli having difficulty following instructions and blurting out answers before questions are completed Passwater 2 It would seem by these signs that when a child doesnt seem to
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