Discovered by M. Hartmann, L. Panizzon, Patented in: May 1950.
The symptoms of what we now call Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) were first described by English physician George Frederic Still in
1902. One of the most common drugs used in response to ADHD is Ritalin,
which was first marketed in 1957 by the Ciba Pharmaceutical Company.
Ritalin, the trade name for methylphenidate, is a medication prescribed for
children with an abnormally high level of activity or with attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is also occasionally prescribed for
treating narcolepsy. It stimulates the central nervous system, with effects
similar to but less potent than amphetamines and more potent than caffeine.
Ritalin has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a
"focusing" effect on those with ADHD. When taken as prescribed, Ritalin is a
- Loss of appetite
- Fevers, convulsions, and severe headaches
- Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious
diseases if injected
- Tremors, muscle twitching
- Irregular heartbeat and respiration
- Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions
- Excessive repetition of movements and meaningless tasks
West coast and any other that refer to
stimulants, speed, zoom, etc.