Caller: 2-year-old man calling about his wife
Problem: Ritalin abuse
Seeking: Alternative treatment options, possibly inpatient care
Reason(s): The caller is worried about his wife’s use of the drug Ritalin, originally prescribed to their son to combat ADHD. According to the caller, his wife has been using Ritalin for the better part of this year and he is worried about long-term side effects and other problems. Caller said, “I am not going to lie, at first it was pretty amazing to see her have all this energy and to watch her get everything done around the house. It was almost as if she had a rocket strapped to her back, she was always moving. However, I quickly recognized that this was not just my wife getting her energy back, this was something else.” According to the caller, he has noticed his wife has lost her balance on three separate occasions that he saw; he then noticed that the medication is not without risks. He said, “I realized that it probably has something to do with her high blood pressure that causes her to feel woozy, I then saw that this stuff is pretty serious.” Because the husband works full-time, he is interested in seeking outpatient treatment but recognizes that if inpatient treatment produces better results, he will consider that alternative as well.