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Re: Why lowering cortisol is not always good

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 1, 2003, at 17:09:38

In reply to Re: Why lowering cortisol is not always good, posted by cybercafe on October 28, 2003, at 1:24:45

Hi Cyber,
> i'm curious... what do you feel like in the morning? would you sleep all day if you could?
**Mornings used to be alot worse and I could easily sleep all day. It seemed I was usually tired and wired. Lately with things balancing out hormonally my energy is balancing out nicely as well.

> ah so you don't do things like hyperfocus or display other hyperactive components

**Yes, I do hyperfocus and have alot of periodic classic ADD components like disorganization and frittering away time (can this Board be a symtom of this?) But my understanding is that ADD is pretty constant and mine definitely goes in cycles. There are times when I can shut the world out except for me and the object of my hyperfocus, other times when I can't rub two thoughts together. My organization goes from sh*t to almost anal-compulsive orderliness. I tried Ritalin and it made me feel crummy. On the other hand, when I was into methedrine many years ago I felt downright fab on it. But again, the cyclic nature seems to cancel out the ADD possibility. Any thoughts you have on this are very welcome because I'm baffled by it.
> i want to take as many stimulating meds during the day as i can (i.e. abilify, parnate, ritalin) so i have problems staying asleep

**Don't you get anxious from all these pstims?
> >
> yeah i've tried lamictal to try and provide mood stability, but they only took me up to 125 mg and then i went off it ... it didn't work at these levels

**I'm at 125mg and it seems to be OK. Everytime I've gone past that it gets uncomfortable. I get tempted to bump it up when I'm feeling like I'm sinking, but anymore I'm able to just wait it out and it eventually turns around. Lam and lithium have allowed me to get a grip and tolerate things much better. Feeling bad usually just stops where it is and doesn't spin into feeling bad about feeling bad about feeling bad...




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