Mental Health

How Ritalin abuse can affect an individual’s mental health.

Three Essential Coping Skills for a Healthy Life

Three Essential Coping Skills for a Healthy Life

It is possible to live without Ritalin after you finish rehab, but in order to stay clean you will need to develop a strong set of coping skills. Coping skills are the skills and techniques you rely on when you experience cravings or stress that would normally tempt you to turn back to Ritalin. Using coping skills to get you through everyday situations will make the same situations easier to deal...

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3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

You probably have a lot of questions about addiction rehab, and one might be why you must stop taking a medication like Ritalin or Adderall. According to a 2014 article in Psych Central, the rate of substance abuse among those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is between 10 and 30 percent, a much higher rate than the general population. Many people abuse drugs like cocaine,...

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5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions Without Ritalin

5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions Without Ritalin

Ritalin may seem like a harmless way to get high at first, but as time passes you will realize that you are coming to depend on the drug more and more just to get by. Ritalin addiction can sneak up on you, and once you are addicted, you will likely feel the urge to turn to Ritalin when you are stressed or experiencing negative emotions. Individuals may abuse Ritalin to deal with stress and...

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Can Ritalin Worsen Depression?

Can Ritalin Worsen Depression?

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression are related both in function and treatment, but many people are confused about how each problem influences the other, and about which medications treat these concerns. People commonly use Ritalin and other pharmaceutical amphetamines to treat ADHD, and many people take antidepressants, but these are not the only choices. Ritalin as an...

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Ways that Ritalin Can Cause Impaired Judgment

Ways that Ritalin Can Cause Impaired Judgment

No matter how many times you abuse a drug, or how accustomed you are to its effects, you impair your judgment every time you use a foreign substance. While some drugs have visible, drastic effects, others, like Ritalin, may seem to affect users less than other drugs do. However, while this drug changes a user’s behavior in subtler ways than other substances, it still changes how a user thinks,...

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Can Ritalin Cause A Mental Health Relapse?

Can Ritalin Cause A Mental Health Relapse?

It can often be dangerous to mix prescription drugs with existing mental health disorders. Many drugs work by altering the same chemicals in the brain that are involved in mental health disorders. For this reason, the use of drugs for any purpose can sometimes result in a relapse of a previously controlled mental health disorder. Ritalin is a stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit...

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How Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Affects Ritalin Addiction

How Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Affects Ritalin Addiction

Compulsive behavior is one of the defining characteristics of addiction, but some people suffer from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that can precipitate substance abuse. Often tied to heredity, OCD is commonly thought to be associated with parts of the brain involved in fear and anxiety, and the disorder is characterized by intrusive thoughts and repeated behaviors. People who suffer OCD...

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Ritalin and Sleep Disorders

Ritalin and Sleep Disorders

Ritalin has become one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US. It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. Although Ritalin is a stimulant, scientifically categorized as an amphetamine salt, when used by a person with ADHD it allows for focus, concentration, relaxation, and tranquility. When used by someone who does not have ADHD it...

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Work-Related Stress and Ritalin Addiction

Work-Related Stress and Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is often seen as a harmless drug. It is offered by doctors and prescribed to young children, so there is a false aura of safety surrounding the use of this drug. However the Forbes article “ADHD Drug Emergencies Quadrupled in 6 Years, Says Government Report” (2013) reported that Ritalin and related ADHD drugs were responsible for almost 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011. Over 48.4...

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Negative Life Events and Ritalin Addiction

Negative Life Events and Ritalin Addiction

Negative life events are unavoidable. Stress, bad days and negative issues are just a part of life and are usually outweighed by positive life events. However, some negative life events are so monumental that they cause short-term and long-term consequences. In addition, there are also individuals who encounter recurring negative life events. This persistent pattern of negative life events can...

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