Although many experts have warned about the dangers of children using stimulant drugs like Ritalin frequently, doctors continue prescribing these drugs at an alarming rate.
In 2008, the national average of Ritalin prescriptions for children with Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD) was about 40 percent. However, that figure has since grown to more than 80 percent.
Evident during a study in a St. Mary’s Hospital, 446 of the 529 cases of ADHD were treated using some kind of stimulant drug.
While stimulant drugs have long been known to help children with ADHD alleviate symptoms, new studies have shown the opposite effects.
Many experts recommend prescription of a stimulant drug in severe cases, and often believe ADHD symptoms can be treated by using methods other than medication.
One dangerous possible side-effect of Ritalin is the potential alteration of personality. Some individuals have explained that when medication is stopped, the actions, thoughts, and feelings are vastly different than when taking the medication.
Research about the benefits and risks of specific ADHD medications is ongoing but many still believe that medication should not be the primary option for treatment of ADHD.