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Ritalin Alters Future Emotional Sensitivity

Monday, 03 November 2008 16:49

The rampant abuse of ritalin for children is now a cause of concern for future behavioral patterns in children. In a study titled, Methylphenidate Treatment During Pre- and Periadolescence Alters Behavioral Responses to Emotional Stimuli at Adulthood. MPH-treated animals were significantly less responsive to natural rewards such as sucrose, novelty-induced activity, and sex when compared to vehicle-treated controls. On the other hand, MPH-treated animals were significantly more sensitive to stressful situations, showed increased anxiety-like behaviors and enhanced plasma levels of corticosterone.

Biological Psychiatry authors concluded: Chronic exposure to MPH during development leads to decreased sensitivity to rewarding stimuli while resulting in enhanced responsivity to aversive situations. These results highlight the need for further research to better understand the effects of stimulants on the developing nervous system, and the potential enduring effects resulting from early-life drug exposure.