Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug

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Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug

It seemed like an easy answer. If a child was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-ADHD-give him Ritalin and all would be better.

The answer-and the condition-turned out not to be that easy. Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug provides an overview of ADHD and the drug most often prescribed to treat the condition. This book provides you with a description of other drugs like ...

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Overview

Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug

It seemed like an easy answer. If a child was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-ADHD-give him Ritalin and all would be better.

The answer-and the condition-turned out not to be that easy. Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug provides an overview of ADHD and the drug most often prescribed to treat the condition. This book provides you with a description of other drugs like Ritalin and their effects, good and bad. You will also learn about ADHD and the controversy surrounding its diagnosis and treatment.

But Ritalin and other drugs like it have moved out of the classroom and away from their legitimate uses in treating a medical condition. College students and young professionals are now using the drugs to gain that "extra edge" to achieve success. Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug tells their stories as well. You will also discover how Ritalin abuse is being effectively treated.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
The text provides a comprehensive look at the issues around Ritalin, although the title is misleading. Half of the book addresses the question of what Ritalin is; an explanation of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; and the controversy over ADHD, before delving into Ritalin abuse, treatment, and other controversies. There is a certain amount of irony in a book about ADHD droning on and coming in at 128 pages. It is filled with sidebars meant to break up the text, but there is no need to include the wording for the Education for the Handicapped Act or devote several pages to a complete 1845 German poem about a boy who likely had ADHD. Like other books in the series, the letter from the "series consultant" at Johns Hopkins is repeated, diminishing the credibility sought by putting his name in large print on the cover. Students also may get lost in deciphering information around controversies, such as which scientists consider ADHD diagnoses to be a reflection on culture, and why there is abuse of Ritalin. While students may find this helpful for information for research reports, it misses the mark in any attempt to bring understanding to a disease many students may have. Additional features include a glossary, bibliography and page on "Further Reading" and "For More Information." It is part of the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422224397
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What Is Ritalin? 9

2 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 23

3 The Controversy Over ADHD 57

4 Ritalin Abuse 67

5 Treatment and Prevention 87

6 The Controversies 105

Glossary 119

Further Reading 122

For More Information 123

Bibliography 124

Index? 126

Picture Credits 127

Author/Consultant Biographies 128

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