A 35-year-old member asked:
what is the likelihood that severe mood swings are the result of being on ritalin (methylphenidate)?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Can happen: Stimulants such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) can adversely affect mood in several ways. 1stt, some people become irritable on it, especially at higher doses. 2nd, it may worsen anxiety, which can in turn make mood more unstable. 3rd, those at risk for mania may be pused into it. And, 4th, as it wears off, some people have a "rebound" that includes several hours of unstable mood. Not universal & dose related.
Last updated Apr 14, 2016
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