Ritalin causes aggressive/violent behavior
[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Had to add this story, My husband was on Ritalin from 5 to 16, all the time, haveing violent outburts, i.e. beating up his sisters, killing animals, Breaking and entering ending in a non fatal shoot out with the cops, he stoped takeing ritalin, and since has been perfectly rational, or as rational as any other normal human being. But now, my elder sister has all 3 of her sons on ritalin and the middle she is putting on some other drugs for Manic depressive. I fear for her children, her middle child is 6, youngest 4, oldest 10, all are normal active smart children, since being on rilalin the youngest has regressed, forgeting the alphabet, numbers and such. I hope e-mailing the web page to her will save her children from the tragedy that I fear is comeing from her parenting choice. Im a mother of 4 that will NEVER Drug her children. My husband was adopted at 5, in foster care since birth. He was a very active child, climbing everything and running everywhere. His family had him seeing a psycologist due to known abuse by one of his foster parents. The psychiatrist gave an rx for Ritalin. Within 4 weeks of starting the drug, he also started developeing spurts of violence, mostly minor hitting fights with his sisters, at 7 he threw his pet dog of the roof of his mothers beauty shop. He was also stealing from everyone, his parents, the church offering plate, relitives, nothing was out of bounds for him. At 9 he put his hand through a sliding glass door trying to hit his little sister for locking him out. He never felt the pain, just let it bleed till his mom came in. The abuse towards his sisters kept building till the day he ran away, in which he broke into his grandmothers cabin, neighbors called the police, he had his grandmothers gun, so when the police showed up he started shooting. Fourunatly no one was injured he ran out of bullets and surrendered. He was sent to the Marsh foundation, a juvenile detention center in Van Wert, Ohio. The gave him no rx for any drugs, he calmed down after his relese 1 year later, he spent the rest of his teenage years with his aunt Suzie. He joined the army upon turning 18. At 24 he was diagnosed with a heart condition called Vasal Syncope, which we are still unsure if that was caused by Ritalin or Gulf war syndrome. He is such a mellow man now you can hardly believe his violent past. This is a compilation of what I hear from him, his parents, and his other family members. He would be a better choice for writeing his story but he just dosn't like typing. Hope this helps someone make the choice of not putting there children on Ritalin.
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