Everyone's chemistry is different. There is so much we don't know about our chemistry and how the brain works. But I am definitely of the "if it don't work, don't do it school." Ritalin worked and continues to work for me. It has improved my life 1000% over the span of 15 adult years. I only wish I had been diagnosed as a child...it would have spared me untold agonies. But I am grateful for what i have now...the past is the past. But I will not deprive another child of such healing if it is warranted. That would be as cruel as forcing a non-ADD child to take medications he or she does not need..and which are in fact harmful to them.
As I said I never have had a single negative reaction to Ritalin...no weight loss, no depression (just the reverse), no dry mouth, no insomnia etc... and 80 mgs is a high dose...and it has remained at that level for all 15 years, with the same effectiveness. And no addiction problems either. In fact I quit smoking after I began taking Ritalin.
Smoking is one of the ways non-diagnosed ADD folk self-medicate.
Ritalin is one of the greatest blessings that God has granted me and those like me.
ADD is real. As is the effectiveness of certain medications.
Correct diagnosis. Correct medication. Constructive and creative life. What's not to love?