My mother has been diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, as have my niece and my daughter. To date my adult daughter has been medicated with Prozac for the depressive incidents only. She has always been a perfectionist and a multitasker. However, lately her manic tendancies, manifested by an inability to relax and an excessive need to plan for the future are leaving her forgetful of her activities in the present. After a recent meeting with her psychiatrist she was prescribed a low dosage of ritalin. I have never heard of this medication for bipolar disorder, is it new? What is your opinion of this treatment?