If your child meets at least 8 of the following criteria for longer than 6 months, he will be considered hyperactive  

(extract from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association).Enfant qui saute

  1. Fidgets with his hands or feet, or squirms in his seat
  2. Has difficulty in remaining seated
  3. Is easily distracted by outside stimuli
  4. Has difficulty waiting for his turn while playing or in group situations
  5. Answers questions before they are finished
  6. Has difficulty in following instructions that are given to him
  7. Has difficulty in keeping his attention on something
  8. Switches between activities without finishing them
  9. Has difficulty in playing quietly
  10. Is overly talkative
  11. Often interrupts others
  12. Seems not to listen to what he is told
  13. Often forgets his things
  14. Is often involved in dangerous activities without being aware of their consequences

And if he is diagnosed as hyperactive he will be prescribed ritalin, the obedience pill, called “kiddy coke”, with disastrous effects. The chemical structure of methylphenidate, Ritalin, is that of phenylethylamine, which has pharmacological properties similar to those of amphetamins.

People will tell you that Ritalin will enable your child to focus better, etc. That might be true for the first weeks, as with any psychostimulant, but your child will be influenced by an amphetamine with all the associated  disastrous secondary effects such as

  1. Sleep disorders
  2. Over stimulation
  3. anorexia
  4. psychoses (suicidal ideation, paranoia)
  5. Tactile hallucinations, eg Itchiness of the extremities
  6. Arterial hypertension, myocardial infarctus and pulmonary embolism
  7. Pulmonary embolism. Amphetamines, even at therapeutic doses, are suspected of inducing of pulmonary arterial hypertension and respiratory depression
  8. Acute renal failure