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Re: Ritalin roller-coaster and other weird things

Posted by caleb462 on October 18, 2003, at 14:37:38

In reply to Ritalin roller-coaster and other weird things, posted by Francesco on October 18, 2003, at 13:21:43

> I have adhd-like syntoms and I was prescribed Ritalin for a trial.
> This is my third day on it. Today I took 15 mg (5+5+5). A lot of strange things are happening (of course, as ever).
> first of all roller-coaster, but it's just internal. I mean, it seems that even if I'm nervous I can avoid shouting at my mom because she's breathing (even if I would like to)
> but I'm not always nervous, sometimes I'm sooo calm. Bipolarity ? Ritalin ? Weather ? Who knows ?
> the second thing, and *this* is really strange, I feel better when Ritalin is OFF my system ! I took the last 5 mg capsule four hours ago and NOW I feel very good (better than when I don't take Ritalin). The same things happened to me this morning when I woke up before taking the first capsule.
> when Ritalin is IN my system I feel concentrated but obsessive at the same time (as expected). when I say "obsessive" I mean trouble in shifting attention from task to task, tendency to perfectionism (for ex. I'm re-reading the post now, which I usually don't)
> I'm more introverted, this is dramatically true, but I'm not *shy* and I can talk with people if I want to. The strangest thing is that now I tend to talk about *facts* ("what time is the lesson ?") while before I only talked about sensations-emotions-gossips.
> I don't know if I like these sensations, anyway, so far they're bearable and I will bear them and see what happens. Any suggestion or comment ? ...
> which is the average dose of Ritalin for adult adhd ?

The effects you describe sound similiar to my reaction to Ritalin - I become quite introvoted, with a feeling of need for isolation, but not shyness. I feel some stimulant-like nervousness, but moreso I feel a great calm, particularly in the body. However, it is not neccesarilly pleasant - as I feel introverted to such an obsessive degree. I become less emotional as well, but again, not really in a pleasant way. I do admit that I've never been prescribed it, but only used it trying to have fun - the kicker being it isn't that fun. I could see myself using it to study, write essays, or work problems - but I certainly don't find it to be a social drug.




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