NeoCon Wrote the following on 11/18/2004 5:08 PM : Parents can give their kids miny speedballs - feed them Ridalin in the morning then bring them down with barbituates at night.
Surfer Wrote the following on 11/18/2004 5:15 PM : That's ritalin, and it's because of parents abusing it to force their kids to do better in school that it's now so controlled, you have to get a new prescription written every month...no refills.
Surfer Wrote the following on 11/18/2004 5:38 PM : No, milk is not healthy for you.
Anyway, as far as ADD goes, if you have any questions, just ask.
Surfer Wrote the following on 11/19/2004 02:35 AM : As things stand right now, you are correct. The issue has mostly been taken out of the hands of the parent. However, the situation, at least as I understand it, would not be as bad if so many parents in the past had not used, no, abused said system. I was diagnosed with ADHD early on, when it was still called Hyperactive and blood tests were the norm. In my case, the diagnosis was correct and I got to observe the change of society in regards to children's behavior from an interesting perspective: the problem child that became the perfect student. After I entered high school, there were many parents seeing what an affect Ritallin (the original "chill pill") was having on these D and F students and how they were becoming straight A students and getting national recognition for their acadmic achievements. Every parent wants to be proud. So, for some, the natural course was to even the playing field by giving (or getting) the same advantage for their children.
Now before you go talking about how Ritallin this or that or whatever, let me tell you exactly what it does... words from someone who still occassionaly takes the really original ritallin (I won't use anything else):
Memory retention is nearly perfect (at least in my case). Things that I'm not even paying attention to is absorbed and retained. When I'm under the affect of ritallin, I make sure I have complete control of my environment...no gossiping, no lies, no television, no radio. All these things will be absorbed in some measure.
Ability to multitask is phenomenal. In college, I was able to track eight different concepts and develop them simultaneously, while paying attention in class and take notes.
Now, the bad things...
No sleep under the effects. Period.
No eating... there's just no appetite.
Quiet, calm. Just don't really get exicited much.
The potential for true drug addiction is real and very easy to fall into... it's very addicitive physically. I know.
And those are just the common side effects.
My IQ 180. I scored 28 on my ACT. Illinois state scholar without even trying or knowing that the award existed. It's easy to see why parents wanted the same edge.
It was even easier for the drug companies to pressure the doctors to diagnose ADD.
So, initially, it was the parent's fault for being so ready to accept it. It was the drug companies' fault for pushing doctors. It was the doctors for allowing it.
Surfer Wrote the following on 11/19/2004 12:12 AM : haha. You're right. It *is* rare. I still have a couple scars on my arms from all the blood tests. Yeah, I was pretty much out of control as a child (and believe me, it wasn't from lack of discipline, oh god no). It wasn't until college that I took myself off of ritallin by my own choice. I was 17 and the effects weren't entirely the same. Every once in a while I'll get a true "hyper attack" but it's rare. That's why I occassionally still take ritallin. It's not exactly good in the workplace to become hyper.