Seeing as psychiatrists have been drugging children with Ritalin since the 1970s, some long term effects have now been studied and confirmed. Psychiatrist and whistle blower Peter Breggin reports these possible tragic outcomes for the victim of long term Ritalin use:
•Institutionalization in a Psychiatric Hospital
There are many reasons why children labeled with some form of hyperactivity and given stimulants suffer these consequences.
According to Breggin, when a child is first given a stimulant drug, he or she experiences the adverse side effects of anxiety, depression, agitation, insomnia, psychosis and even aggression.
Compounding the Tragedy
Unfortunately, most psychiatrists are unable to observe the obvious: that the drug he has given the child is causing these effects. So instead of weaning the child from the damaging pharmaceutical, their faulty science leads them to believe the drug has somehow uncovered additional mental disorders.
What follows is a veritable cocktail of drugs to fix these supposedly unmasked set of problems.
OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) can be one result of psychiatric drugging. A child becomes less social and his spontaneous behavior may be stifled.
Dr. Breggin reports, “The initial diagnosis of ADHD ruins the child’s sense of personal responsibility and self-control, so that the child no longer thinks he can control himself. This almost inevitably disrupts emotional growth and renders the child less able to grow up into a mature adult.”
Ritalin and Brain Changes
Lead researcher Joan Baizer of the University of Buffalo points out that “…[Ritalin] has the potential for causing long-lasting changes in brain cell structure and function.”
Other studies show that the long-term Ritalin side effects can cause the onset of depression as well as possible brain injury to the frontal lobes.
Ritalin induced brain damage is similar to frontal lobe syndrome, normally caused by head trauma. Frontal lobe syndrome can cause a person much difficulty in inhibiting inappropriate behavior.
Because youngsters’ brains are still developing, they are much more susceptible to Ritalin’s negative effects.
As of 2014, three million US children had been prescribed ADHD drugs. This equates to a 2,000 percent increase since the mid 1980s. Due to peer pressure, the abuse has spread beyond the children who have been diagnosed as having hyperactivity. It is common knowledge that Ritalin is now a popular street drug.
Experimenting on Mice and Children
The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that investigators funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed Ritalin could cause physical changes in neurons in reward regions of mouse brains – in some cases, these effects overlapped with those of cocaine. Although millions of kids are already on this drug, NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow states, “This study highlights the fact that we know very little about how methylphenidate [Ritalin] affects the structure of and communication between brain cells.”
Since researchers have determined that Ritalin can and does damage a mouse brain, why does it remain on the market, the drug of choice for treatment of rambunctious (many would suggest normal) children? The psychiatrists’ inability to explain how Ritalin affects the brain is no excuse for its continued marketing.
In fact, one suspects most parents would find the psychiatrist’s utter detachment from the possibility of damaging their child’s brain rather distasteful. In the words of Dr. Peter Breggin, “Psychiatry has never been driven by science. They have no biological or genetic basis for these illnesses and the National Institutes of Mental Health are totally committed to the pharmacological line… There is a great deal of scientific evidence that stimulants cause brain damage with long-term use, yet there is no evidence that these mental illnesses, such as ADHD, exist.”
Many parents have found it wise to heed the words of this leading psychiatrist with no vested interest in the marketing and prescribing of Ritalin and similar pharmaceuticals.