Ritalin: Revolutionary Medication for ADHD
A few decades ago, no one heard of Ritalin or the condition it was meant to cure, ADD and ADHD. It was known that there were some kids who were "wild" but no one yet was thinking in terms of a condition that could be treated. Thus, many children with ADD and ADHD were left to their own devices, since the condition had not yet made an impact on the radar. However, once it was discovered that there was such a condition as ADD and ADHD, suddenly everyone began talking about Ritalin as the wonder cure for this "new" problem.
In reality, Ritalin was not invented to treat ADD and ADHD, but had been around for several decades. Ritalin was the treatment used for narcolepsy, or sudden falling asleep, and other issues with impulse control. However, once it became the drug of choice for treating ADD and ADHD, everyone heard of Ritalin, and it was prescribed widely. The drug has helped many young people who would otherwise have been written off function in their daily lives and to perform well in school, whereas before they had difficulty concentrating.
Ritalin has a few side effects, such as restlessness and heart palpitations. These side effects do not occur in every case, and some people feel no side effects. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid taking Ritalin, since it may harm a nursing baby or fetus. The drug should be kept out of the reach of children or others who are not meant to take it. Ritalin, unfortunately, is abused by some people and can be habit forming. Therefore, it should be guarded against those who would take the drug for recreational purposes. Keep track of the number of pills in your bottle and do not lend the bottle to others.
Ritalin is also not given to those who have Tourette's Syndrome or have heart conditions. Most people do not have a problem with Ritalin and find it an effective treatment for ADD and ADHD.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.