So, before I go into the connection of the Indigos and Ritalin (or even psycho-active drugs in general), I’d like to give you a bit more information on the history of Ritalin.
Ritalin was “discovered” in 1944 by the Swiss chemist Leandro Panizzon when he synthesized methylphenidate. Panizzon was working for the swiss Pharma company Cita at the time, which patented Ritalin in 1954. In 1961 the FDA approved Ritalin for use by children with “behavior problems”.
Originally prescribed to people with severe depression, lethargy and narcolepsy, Ritalin is nowadays best known as the “ADHD drug”. In 1993 the amount of methylphenidate prescribed annually was 34 kg. By 2011 the numbers had gone up to 1781 kg per year- a 5267 % increase!
Right now, according to statistics, there are about 6 million children in the United States alone who are taking Ritalin- that is one out of every 8 children.
The question I’d like to as is “Why is that? What is the difference between this and other generations? Why the high amount of methylphenidate prescriptions for children? Are we really becoming a world where psychoactive medication seems to be the solution to every problem?”
Having been a teacher myself (I used to teach dance for many, many years) and producing a series about the new generation of children, for which I have been speaking with many experts from various fields, talking to teachers, parents and children, I have witnessed something very interesting: even though I am an early Indigo and I used to be very rebellious myself, my generation was still very “good” to a point of obedience sometimes. Even when it came to things that felt out of alignment for us, we still used to “conform” to a certain extend.
The new generation of children is not like that anymore- at least many of the children aren’t. They will not conform to things that are out of integrity, out of alignment….they will refuse to do things they are being told to do, but that make no sense to them.
When I was a kid, the fact that I had to study certain subjects that were part of our school curriculum did not make any sense to me. It did not make sense to me that I had to learn chemistry. I would always tell my Mum “After I am done with school I won’t use it ever again. So why do I need to study it?” Even learning languages, I would ask my Mum: “Why do I have to study all these foreign languages? Can’t the whole world just speak the same language? That way we’d all understand each other and I wouldn’t have to study all this.” Even though I must have driven my Mum crazy constantly asking these questions, I still did my homework and studying- even though I didn’t agree with what I had to do and why I had to do it.
The new generation of kids is different. They will ask these questions, and, if you don’t have a reasonable explanation for them, refuse to do what they are being asked to do. They will speak up if someone is not telling the truth, and it doesn’t matter if that other person is a child or an adult. They don’t adhere to our authority systems. They will speak up if things are out of integrity. They will say no to things that don’t feel good to them. And then psychiatry will label them with “Opposition Defiance Disorder”.
Many of these kids are not made to sit still in a classroom all day long. They like to move. They need to be in nature. They like to learn experientially or really just focus on what their gifts and strengths are instead of learning what the standardized system tells them to learn. They are also highly sensitive to food additives and toxic cleaning products. Studies have shown an inability to focus as well as hyperactivity and dyslexia when these children are being exposed to certain chemicals. All these factors will “result” in the label of ADD/ ADHD= Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity.
Now back to Ritalin. This is how Ritalin works (a very simplified version- translated from Gerhard Hüther’s website): “In low dosages and when taken orally no dopamine is released, it only inhibits the uptake of dopamine…. The result is that inner impulses are no longer enhanced by dopamine and implemented into actions. Therefore the children ‘function’ much better. Healthy people who take psychostimulants for ‘brain doping’ use the suppression of internal impulses to increase their ability to think. They can then simply continue working even when they are hungry or tired, or feel the need to move or to satisfy any other impulses.”
In short: any inner impulse these children have, any creative expression or desire they have is being suppressed. They are taught to conform and “function” instead of expressing themselves.
Is that really the world we are choosing to create?!