I was sure that people without ADD or ADHD did not respond to ritalin (methylphenidate), but just got a little anxiety or maybe a little hyper. My friend who is a college psychiatrist assures me that kids are taking ritalin to improve their studying and test performance, and that many parents are encouraging this. They say that all the other kids are doing it (“Everyone else is doing it, Mom”) so that their kids are at a disadvantage without it.
I don’t know what I think about this yet, but I do believe I was wrong. What are the pros and cons of this practice?
So of course the most disturbing thought is – if I was wrong about this, what else am I wrong about?
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