Posted by katekite on June 22, 2002, at 8:45:11
In reply to Re: Mitch - Katekite, posted by rainbowlight on June 21, 2002, at 22:44:34
I like and dislike adderall. I'm having some cortisol hormone problems at the moment so that may account for it.
On the days where it worked (4 days in a row), I took 2.5mg twice a day. I liked how long it lasted, long enough to get used to feeling 'normal' and not so long that I couldn't go to sleep at night. I found it mellowing but not tiring and it helped with focus and impulse control. Then there were a few days where bizarrely I didn't get the good effect and it increased my anxiety and so I quit it because I couldn't deal with the anxiety days on it. I find ritalin to be more reliable in that regard, but I doubt you will have this problem of it working some days and not (I seem to have episodes of hormone overproduction). Adderall improved exercise for me: suddenly more tennis balls went over the net with the same amount of running, and more basketballs went through the hoop, and yes I could type better too.
Now ritalin is very short acting and the rebound is pretty obvious and for some hard to tolerate (esp. for my hubby). But ritalin for me is even more calming. I found on ritalin I could talk on the phone and actually do something else well too at the same time, which normally would never happen. I found I was getting really into complicated books instead of trash novels. Like I really wanted to know how glucose metabolism worked and actually followed through to the point of reading about it and thinking it was cool. Normally I would never get that far after having an idea about something.
Dexedrine spansules I found energizing and they lasted too long for me so that it was hard to sleep. If I took it one day the next day I was just really tired from being up and going the whole previous day. It felt nice at the time of the energy but not really 'me'.
I find ritalin sometimes helpful to get to sleep.
Until I get my cortisol stuff figured out I can't take more stimulants, have to wait, impatiently.
House cleaning was part of how I got made bp II, for the few months that I was.... my shrink asked me if I had energy sprees and I said, well I did clean my house all night last night. He said, hmmm. (I was exagerrating about the all night thing but I always assume people know what I mean, oops. When I get the urge to clean I know I better follow it or the piles and mess will stay for so many weeks longer).
Let us know what happens today.