Wrath (twilit_wrath) wrote in little_details,

Ritalin without ADHD, and looking for search terms

Modern day. I have searched Ritalin on Wikipedia, but otherwise am drawing a blank.

My mom told me that back in the 60s and 70s, gifted children were given Ritalin for ADHD that they didn't have. I believe her; after all, they were still giving lobotomies back then, too. I just want to learn more about it because my character idea is what someone would be like today after going through that as a kid.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Edit to clarify: I'm looking for information about kids who were forced to take Ritalin (or really, any ADHD medication) when they didn't actually need it. And in retrospect, I think what I need is more the history than the effects and side effects.
Tags: 1960-1969, 1970-1979, ~medicine: drugs, ~psychology & psychiatry: historical

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