Signs & Symptoms

How to identify the signs and symptoms of Ritalin abuse.

Five Dangerous Symptoms of Ritalin Overdose

Five Dangerous Symptoms of Ritalin Overdose

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). It is classified as a Schedule II substance due to its high abuse and addiction potential. Many students abuse this drug to gain an academic advantage: they easily fake the symptoms of ADD to procure a prescription, which they can then take as needed, or even sell for a profit. Other people abuse this drug...

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Is Ritalin Abuse Related to Gambling Addiction?

Is Ritalin Abuse Related to Gambling Addiction?

Frequently, those who suffer from substance abuse problems end up with a separate, co-existing disorder or addiction. When this happens, it is called a Dual Diagnosis. The co-existence of substance abuse with another mental health condition tends to be more difficult to cope with and to recover from than either condition alone. Often, the two conditions contribute to one another and turn into a...

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Spotting Concealed Use of Ritalin in Schools

Spotting Concealed Use of Ritalin in Schools

Ritalin has often been referred to as the “A+ drug,” because it can help students drastically increase their productivity. Based on the abilities of Ritalin, many students abuse it to keep their grades up and to succeed in school-related projects and efforts. Unfortunately, this drug has addictive tendencies, many of which are hard to spot in school-aged individuals. Therefore, it is...

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Five Signs that Someone Is Experimenting with Ritalin

Five Signs that Someone Is Experimenting with Ritalin

In two different 2013 articles, the New York Times reported that one in 10 high school boys and up to 35% of college students take prescription stimulants. Ritalin, the most widely used prescription stimulant, is meant to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but many people experiment with the drug for nonmedical reasons. There are several motivations for illicit Ritalin use,...

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Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Ritalin

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Ritalin

Ritalin is a stimulant prescribed for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It stimulates the brain to increase concentration, impulse control and the ability to make decisions. Many students abuse it to enhance academic performance, but other people also use it to lose weight because it suppresses their appetite. However, deviating from the drug’s intended uses means...

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How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Ritalin?

How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Ritalin?

Ritalin is a prescription stimulant that is commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by increasing the dopamine levels in the brain to improve concentration. However, because dopamine is associated closely with reward and pleasure systems in the brain, when larger than recommended doses are taken it can result in a euphoric high. Because Ritalin is...

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How to Know When a Ritalin User Needs Emergency Help

How to Know When a Ritalin User Needs Emergency Help

Ritalin has become a widely-prescribed medication, but it is not without dangers even when used in prescribed amounts. When the drug is abused, the potential for dangerous effects increases greatly, and someone you love may eventually require emergency help for Ritalin use. Ritalin Overdose, Allergies and Long-Term Effects There are a number of situations in which a Ritalin user may need...

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Can Anyone Tell I’m Using Ritalin?

Can Anyone Tell I’m Using Ritalin?

When one abuses a drug like Ritalin, he generally believes that he can hide it from those around him. Ritalin abuse, however, causes the user to change in physical, emotional and social ways and can produce noticeable symptoms. Ritalin abuse can also lead to addiction, which is a chronic, degenerative disease that continues to worsen until it is addressed. How Ritalin Abuse Affects the...

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Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Ritalin?

Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Ritalin?

Most doctors are aware of the increase in attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among both children and adults. These disorders are most commonly treated with stimulant medications like Ritalin, Focalin XR and Adderall. Doctors are also becoming increasingly aware that these drugs are being abused and causing stimulant addictions. Symptoms of Ritalin...

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Symptoms of Ritalin Abuse

Symptoms of Ritalin Abuse

While Ritalin is the most frequently prescribed stimulant drug for Attention Deficit Disorder, there is much about the drug that is causing a controversy between the benefit of the drug and the potential for Ritalin abuse and addiction. As is true with many prescribed medications, a primary symptom of Ritalin abuse and addiction is when a person consistently increases the dosage or goes through...

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