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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2010 edited
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    Confirming what a generation of US students already believed: Ritalin has been shown for the first time to boost brain plasticity and therefore learning in individuals without ADHD.

    It's a genuine smart drug.
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    Also, in the near future, "cybernauts" may be able to create electronic mails and send them directly to your hard disk drive!

    This news is, of course, older than dirt.
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    Last year in one of my psych courses there was an article we read on that kinda stuff, mentioning students using ritalin. It also mentioned there are negative effects from it, but I don't remember them off hand.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2010
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    @Rootfireember

    Negative effects aside from the possible side effects (stuff like mood swings, nausea, jitteriness)?
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    I keep reading the title of this thread as "retail boots"...
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    Ren- Yes.

    Aurora-
    damn. If only memory enhancement was so simple. GET me THEM BOOTS!
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      CommentAuthorcosta_k
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    Isn't Ritalin one of the more abused drugs in colleges (in the US) because of shit like this?
    • CommentAuthorJarreddo
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    @costa_k Sure is! I was in college a couple years ago and probably half the people I knew were taking prescription drugs just to pull all-nighters. I abstained, and then I dropped out. Dang, guess I shoulda done drugs.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    It's synthetic speed. If your brain doesn't need it - it will fuck you up.

    I had a porn starlet ransack my ADHD meds when I wasn't looking. Weird days at the beach when Juliet lived in the building.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    Actually Ritalin can cause psychosis, especially if used by someone who doesn't have ADHD.
    http://www.ncpamd.com/Stimulant_Side_Effects.htm
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    I had that happen when I took Adderall. Hallucinations, paranoid delusions and utter psychosis.
    Suffice to say, I stick to ginseng, guarana and good ol' caffeine.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
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    My doctor had me try Adderall, only time my mom was freaked out at my thought processes. Stratera was a good replacement though. I'm back on caffeine and off meds per se. I lack the addictive personality I've seen in others.
    • CommentAuthorrough night
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010 edited
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    Ritalin wasn't kind to me. I would describe the experience as a slight disconnect between brain and body. For lack of a better example, it felt like my body was a space suit that my brain was peering out of; the body moved as I asked it, but wasn't part of me. My sense of touch and feelings of connection to other people both decreased. These sensations lasted all day. I do not recommend, would not buy again. Maybe it works for other folks, but I'll keep using exercise and fast music for my focusing needs, thanks.

    I distrust Ritalin's usefulness for non-ADHD purposes. Pharmaceutical companies often look for new folks to market their pills to, like any other product, and will use flimsy evidence to sell them for all kinds of exciting new treatments.