I have been on a med called metholphinadate or ridellin. Wow I can't believe how well it works. Other then It wares off fast and it makes me not have an appitite. I tried stratira that stuff made me want to sleep all the time.
I was on Ritalin and then moved to Strattera.
Ritalin gave me panic attacks that took me to the hospital twice. It is also clearly bad for you as is evidenced in the fact that it is a hefty CNS stimulant. I felt it's abuse pretty quickly. The appetite...the extreme swinging of OFF and ON of the drug.
I have yet to see how Strattera works.
While I understand and am sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with Ritalin, I do not think that it is fair to generalize and say that it is clearly bad overall. Every person reacts differently to medication so although you did not have a good experience with it, that does not mean that someone else will not benefit from it. For many people medications are trial and error and what works for one, may not work for another.