Brains and Drugs

Drug abuse in any form concerns us because of the tremendous destruction we see too frequently. This web page is designed to give a "brids-eye-view " of the effects of select drugs on the brain/behavior. In studying drug actions and drug effects it is sometimes easy to forget a basic fact about the physiology of the nervous system. It was not designed for the purpose of drugs invented or harvested by man.

List of Informative Links for Brains and Drugs

Brains on Drugs

What's the affect of alcohol on the cortex of the brain?

Brain and Energy

Alcohol use and the Brain

Drugs and Medication


Predominant feeling of children is confusion

These children were once identified as "bundles of energy" ,"daydreamers" or considered "fireballs". Now, they are identified as "hyperactive", distractible " and "impulsive". They are victims of ubiquitious Attention Deficit Disorder. Subsequently, these students are prescribed mind altering drugs such as ritalin which can unnecessary and detrimental to their health.

Teens And ADHD

The Fraud of Child Psychiatry,ADD/ADHD,Attention Deficit Disorder and Ritalin.All about ADD,Ritalin,LD, dyslexic,dyslexia

Ritalin and amphetamine have almost identical adverse effect on the brain, mind, and behavior, including the production of drug-induced behavioral disorders, psychosis, mania, drug abuse and addiction. Ritalin and amphetamines frequently cause the same problems they are designed to treat. A great percentage of children become robotic, lethargic, depressed, or withdrawn on stimulants. Withdrawl from Ritalin can cause emotional suffering , including depresion, exhaustion, and suicide. This can make children seem psychiatrically disturbed and lead mistakenly to increased doses of medication.

About Attention Deficit Disorders

Provides comprehensive information and practical solutions for students with ADHD.

image is from an article called "There are big flaws in the way ritalin is given", appearing in US News and World Report

Ritalin Fraud (by Waters and Kraus)

This is a class action suit against Ciba Geigy Corporation representing adults and children with attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder and the American Psychiatric Association.

Ritalin Fraud


  • CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM a. altered mental status ( psychosis) b. hallucinations c. depression or excitement d. convulsions/ seizures ( excessive brain stimulations) e. drowsiness or "dopey " feelings f. confusion g. lack of sleep h. agitation, irritation, anxiety, nervousness i. hostility j. unhappiness ( dysphoria) k. impaired mental abilities ( cognitive impairment on test) l. jerky movements ( dyskinesias, tics ,Tourette's syndrome) m. nervous habits ( such as picking at skin or pulling hair) n. compulsive behavior o. depression / over-sensitivity p. decreased social interest q. zombie like behavior
  • CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM a. rapid heart beat b. hypertension c. arrythmia d. cardiac arrest
  • ENDOCRINE / METABOLIC a. growth problems b. weight loss
  • GASTROINTESTINAL a. anorexia b. nausea

    web authors: Carolyn Fitchett and Sharon Lee; C.W. Henry School