Posted by: David Gent | 2019/09/23


detrimental effects of ritalin longterm

Hi , I am a 40 year old white male , and was on quite large doses of ritalin for nearly 12 years.I attended an agricultural college during my teen years and due to the days being very full and physical stopped it from std 8 . i have done loads of research into the effects of longterm ritalin use and i just get conflicting reports , i am now an alcholic ( in recovery ) and am not looking for anything to blame , as my parents did the best they could with the knowledge they had , but a childhood of being told no you cant have that , stop fidgetinging , calm down and a very boring diet ( although i still have all my teeth and not one filling and the strongest bones and physique out of all my brothers !! ) made me sneak and hide my sugar addiction , almost as a rebellious act to the world . once i stopped the ritalin , i found dagga as a way to slow downand used it sparingly until the age of about 23 , then moving to the UK for a no. of years where it was prohibitively expensive , cue alcohol which worked perfectly to quiet the noisy mind , almost to well .life then happened and fast forward to 35 -and a full blown alcoholic , now 2 rehabs later and 40 years old i am finally free of that devil and am on a serotonin based med lexamil 10mgs once a day . are we as the early generation of ritalin users more at risk of this kind of story in your experience ??

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert
- 2019/09/24

It is actually the opposite: treating children with ADHD protects them against becoming addicts. In a ten year follow up study of a sample of 140 boys originally aged between 6-17 years, 73% had received some level of treated with stimulants at some stage during childhood (some also continued this into adulthood). The researchers found no association between treatment with ADHD medication and alcohol, drug, or nicotine use disorders in later life. Other studies also clearly showed that untreated ADHD increased the risk to develop substance abuse problems during teenage years or later life. This may be due to impulsivity, self-medication, or failure in the educational system and getting involved in destructive friendships and behavioural patterns.

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