Ritalin Research Paper

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Ritalin Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. The drug is commonly known as Ritalin. It is prescribed to children and adults that are prescribed with ADHD and ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder). It has also been prescribed for multiple disorders dealing with the brain and mental functions. One particular use is for narcolepsy. Every drug has its uses and its side effects. Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are the main two that the drug is known for being used for. The ability to not focus and pay attention can be a struggle for anyone. Deciding on how to best treat and or deal with these symptoms can be a struggle. Looking at how the statistics break down just looking at 500 students at least 10% of the population suffers with these issues. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is prescribed to help people with ADHD and ADD.…show more content…
New statistics suggest that between 3% and or 5% percent of children have ADHD, in the United States. That statistic shows that in a classroom of 25 students at least one or two students have ADHD. The controversy steps in with many parents and teachers, thinking that over medicating a child with this condition is not helpful. Also there have been some negative results from long term use of Ritalin. Ritalin helps people focus and relax by regulating and calming the central nervous system allowing people with ADHD and ADD the ability to focus and have better impulse control. For people with narcolepsy it allows them to stay up longer so they don’t fall asleep as frequently and regulates their sleeping
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