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Thread #86484   Message #1613341
Posted By: The Villan
25-Nov-05 - 02:10 AM
Thread Name: ADHD- Ritalin
Subject: RE: ADHD- Ritalin
Research has found that A.D.H.D. children have a deficiency in dopamine, a chemical in the brain necessary for several vital brain functions. The dopamine system is involved in the reward-seek behavior, sexual behavior, control of movements, regulation of the pituitary-hormone secretion, and memory functions. Dopamine has been shown in young animals to exert a protective influence against hyperactivity. It is thought A.D.H.D. children have too many molecules that use up the dopamine before it can be used for its vital functions. Ritalin binds to these molecules allowing the dopamine levels to increase in the brain and be used for the normal vital functions.

Even though Ritalin is the drug of choice for children with A.D.H.D., it has many side effects and presents many risks for the children who use it. A child who is treated with Ritalin is moved from a hyperactive state to the opposite state. Children can develop appetite suppression, weight loss, retarded growth, emotional blunting and detachment; and many parents complain that the child acts like a "zombie!" Children on high doses and chronic use may develop paranoid symptoms—withdrawal, anger, restlessness, and suspicious behavior. It has been shown that adults who abuse amphetamines regularly develop psychotic states with paranoid features. Other serious side effects of methylphenidate are auditory and visual hallucinations, drug abuse, rebound depression, psychic dependence, increased euphoric and cocaine-like activity, insomnia and tachycardia. Also, researchers reported that Ritalin caused liver cancer in mice. No drug that affects the dopamine system is free of long-term toxicity to the motor system. Ritalin may produce disruption of movement control and facial and head tics may appear. Amphetamines are commonly referred to as "speed or uppers" and are one of the most dangerous medications ever discovered. They are chemically similar to dopamine and are the synthetic replacement in the dopamine receptor sites of the brain. Amphetamines have the potential to cause injury to healthy tissue, interfere with growth and development, sleep problems or aggressive and depressed moods in children. And, amphetamine addiction can easily lead to criminal behavior!