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Rose19602

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I'll take a look at this... thanks for posting it.

What are you taking Zoeyz?
I went down the behavioural route with my kids, and they're much better as adults.
My son recently told me he took some Ritalin before one of his recent uni exams.....his friend who has brothers with ADHD gave it to him.

He said that it really helped him focus and it was the best he'd ever been in an exam which was long and full of detail, but he was agitated, jittery and felt terrible afterwards.

I worry about these drugs. My son had tics when he was younger from about 5-17 yrs. Ritalin is contra-indicated with tics isn't it? Did you have any tics Zoeyz?

I hope he won't do it again! I tried to be calm about it.....
 
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I'm not surprised your son felt better on Ritalin, MissKitty, it's actually quite similar to cocaine apparently in that it causes increased focus, speed of activity and productivity. It's not addictive in the prescribed doses, but if you take more than the prescribed amounts it can be.

It's not surprising that it's one of the most misused prescription drugs on the market. It's apparently really common for prescriptions to get stolen and sold on the black market.

addiction and ritalin
 
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Rose19602

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Hmmm.....I will read it Kerome!

I managed to keep him away from mental health services, diagnostics and pills whilst he was growing up. Luckily he told me about this little episode and also reported the after effects to me which we discussed in some detail.
I'll put that article under his nose...thank you!

He's sharing a house with the lad who gave him the Ritalin next year......who is slightly autistic (IMO) and has four brothers all dx'd with ADHD and on Ritalin. Hmmm....

Teenagers eh? You keep them safe as children then they wander off and you have no control over them.
Let's hope the after effects put him off.

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Rose19602

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I read the article...interesting.

I think many psycho-active drugs have these addictive effects...but we don't recognise them.

I've never smoked, taken street drugs and use alcohol very moderately. I've always found the strength to stop doing harmful things - dieting, spending, bad boys (!!) - but I kept getting drawn back to anti-depressants. Not in a drug seeking way, but because I felt I needed them and the medical profession endorsed that need.

Although I thought that article was interesting, it also showed that the medical profession recognised the dangerous and addictive side of Ritalin....but were pompous enough to believe that if they prescribed it they could have some control over these elements.

I think they're kidding themselves ! What do you think?

Is this going off-topic btw Zoeyz? I'll take it to another thread if you think so....
 
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I don't think they understood how it would function as a gateway drug, that much is quite likely. Studies now are showing that people who misuse Ritalin then have an increased chance to go on and abuse other drugs, which I'm sure was never the intention. But once you've experienced that high, you may then go looking for others, and it can be a slippery slope. It sounds very much like a borderline case, some benefits but with a potential dark shadow to it.

Like you I never got into street drugs, and Risperdal for my psychosis two years ago was my first contact with psychiatric medicine. And the more I've read about it, the more I wish I had known about Soteria when I was hearing voices and had gone for the drug free approach. But hey, we all make mistakes, it's a question of going forward and doing the best we can.
 
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Hi, MissKitty

I took Ritalin as a child. I know I was over medicated. My adoptive mother has severe mental health issues so would have a hard time coping period. I am add, and was probably adhd as a child. I have a son that is on Conerta for his add. He just went up to 27 mg from 18mg. It does seem to help it's very subtle. He takes his meds 4 days on, 3 days off.


I'm on 10mg of Dexedrine I find it very helpful for my anxiety. I take it 4 to 5 days a week. I'm going back to my Dr in a week or so to talk about my dosage.

If you have add or adhd the meds have a paradoxical effect. I can sleep fine every evening and manage ok during the day. I feel calmer on the medication. I don't have tics I think Dexedrine is contraindicated for tics too.

I really like the book on adhd by Dr Gabor Mate ADD & ADHD - Dr. Gabor Maté
I think it's really important that people seek a trusted Dr guidance in taking medication. I hope your son won't do that again.
 
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