Dangers of Ritalin

Dangers of ritalin are described by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. in the following press release:

Psychiatrist Discloses Hidden Dangers of Ritalin to Children
Warning Contradicts Claims that Drug is Helpful

Ritalin decreases blood flow to the brain, and routinely causes other gross malfunctions in the developing brain of the child, reveals Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and associate faculty at The Johns Hopkins University Department of Counseling. In his new book, Talking Back to Ritalin (Common Courage Press, 1998), Dr. Breggin thoroughly documents the many scientific studies that illustrate the dangers of ritalin.

America’s children are being exposed to a "prescription epidemic" of dangerous, addictive stimulant drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, according to the psychiatrist, a leading critic of psychopharmaceutical practices.

dangers of ritalin"Ritalin does not correct biochemical imbalances—it causes them," Dr. Breggin says, adding that there is some evidence that it can cause permanent damage to the child’s brain and its function. For more details on the dangers of ritalin, see Talking Back to Ritalin Dangers of ritalin effects can include:

* Decreased blood flow to the brain, an effect recently shown to be caused by cocaine where it is associated with impaired thinking ability and memory loss.
* Addiction and abuse, including withdrawal reactions on a daily basis
* Psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation, and social withdrawal
* Decreased ability to learn

The dangers of ritalin and its lack of effectiveness has been proven by hundreds of studies but has not been revealed to doctors, teachers or parents. "Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practices," Dr. Breggin says. "Drug companies have targeted children as a big market likely to boost profits—and children are suffering as a result."

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