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An Argument Against Ritalin

There are a number of songs on Mandy Patinkin's CDs that are so high-energy that we're glad he was never "calmed down."  Here, he's singing "Honey Bun"(from South Pacific) on the Larry King show.

Here are some more Mandy Patinkin performances, some high energy, some not.

Dresscasual Music from his CDs, Mandy Patinkin, Oscar and Steve, and Dress Casual:

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And, of course, Evita.  This is the performance from the 1980 Tony awards where Evita won seven awards (Best musical, actor (Patinkin, right, playing Che Guevara), actress (Patti LuPone, playing Evita), book (Tim Rice), score (Andrew Lloyd Weber), director (Harold Prince), and lighting design (David Hersey)).

For lots more, you can visit his website.


Ritalin Prescription Medication

My name is Nikki Hughes and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ritalin.

I am 51 years old. Have been on Ritalin for 9 years now. I began taking it for depression after my marriage ended, and also in a misguided attempt to lose weight! I lost about 15 pounds at the beginning, had tons of energy, felt great...but the weight loss stopped within a few months.. I currently feel focused and motivated after I take it and am able to get a lot done. As well as the generic ritalin, I take 6 - 12 Tylenol 1 tablets a day. I know how bad this is, but can't seem to stop for more than a few days. The last nine years seem to be a's like I have lost those years....I hardly remember anything about them. I find this sad and frightening. I take what my doctor prescribed: three 10mg. tablets a day. I have tried many times to completely get off this drug but I now realize that I am truly addicted to it. If I stop taking it for more than one day I become extremely depressed and have very negative, hopeless thoughts and ideas.

I have experienced some of these side effects-
very irritable when it wears off; sometimes difficult to fall asleep, memory loss, hear music in my head that won't stop.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Nikki Hughes

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