By Peter R. Breggin, Dick Scruggs
Hundreds of thousands of youngsters take Ritalin for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity illness. The drug's producer, Novartis, claims that Ritalin is the "solution" to this common challenge. yet hidden at the back of the well-oiled public-relations computing device is a very likely devastating fact: kids are being given a drug which could reason a similar undesirable results as amphetamine and cocaine, together with behavioral problems, development suppression, neurological tics, agitation, dependancy, and psychosis. conversing again to Ritalin uncovers those and different startling proof and interprets the learn findings for folks and medical professionals alike. An recommend for schooling now not medicine, Dr. Breggin empowers mom and dad to channel distracted, upset, and vigorous little ones into robust, convinced, and significant family members and society.
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Meanwhile, the market for psychiatric drugs will eventually become saturated among middle and upper class Americans. As suggested by Zito's JAMA study, poor children in this country are beginning to provide another growing market for psychiatric drugs. At the same time, drug companies and drug advocates are successfully seeking to open new markets on other continents. Reports from my colleagues abroad indicate that the use of stimulants for the control of children is also rising in Australia, Great Britain, and the European continent.
Often one parent feels easily able to handle the child without resorting to drugs while the other parent feels there is an absolute necessity for medication to keep the child in line. In the family situations I have observed, the parent desiring to drug the child has been less able to implement rational, consistent discipline, or has been less available to the child. ^5 This trend appears to have grown worse in the last year or two. It is ironic that parents are losing their parental rights for refusing to give stimulants to their children while other adults are going to jail for selling the very same drugs to children on the street.
Solanto and Wender (Table 2) discovered that a single dose of stimulant drugs produced an obsessive over-focusing in 42% of children. The children were sometimes unable to stop performing the tasks that were assigned to them. " If the child sits stoically in his or her classroom seat while bearing down hard on the pencil obsessively copying every detail from the book, the teacher considers it an improvement. If a child endlessly plays the same game on his computer, his parents may feel relieved by the child's absence.