Is America Being Over-Medicated?

Many children's prescription drugs contain personality altering characteristics

While many experts know the risks of certain medications and their potential negative effects, especially on children, doctors still prescribe risky drugs.

The primary drug in question is Ritalin, which is commonly used to treat people with Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder (ADHD).

In just two years, the number of prescriptions of Ritalin for children alone has grown more than 200 percent, an extremely drastic increase compared to prior years.

One study from St. Mary’s Hospital showed that a potentially dangerous stimulant was used to treat nearly 85 percent of ADHD cases.

New findings show that while long believed to be the best solution for children with similar behavioral disorders, stimulant drugs carry many negative side effects.

Many cases of Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder are mild and are believed to be effectively treated using behavior therapy instead of medication.

Children who were taking Ritalin and then stopped explained feelings of being a completely different person.

Experts explain that any drug with intense personality altering characteristics should be evaluated in-depth before being prescribed to anybody, especially children.