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Re: Meds to make me more Social?

Posted by zeugma on January 5, 2008, at 5:19:35

In reply to Meds to make me more Social?, posted by AdamCanada on January 3, 2008, at 19:05:43

Just wanted to say, Ritalin is the only medication that has made me even remotely social.
It seems to foster a feeling of 'immediacy,' which seems to be necessary to overcome the extreme disengagement and self-consciousnessness I normally experience.
I believe, in my case, this is due to the speeding of perceptions. Social interactions take place at a rapid pace and involve subtle cues that need to be acted on in 'real time,' not pondered later. Being unable to 'keep up' leads to exhaustion (I can't speed my responses, and trying burns me out) and is at least part of the asocial syndrome.
My doctor and I have discussed the possibility of taking Ritalin once a week, since it simply is not tolerable at an adequate dose daily (60 mg). I have tried this a few times, and found a lower dose range effective, because tolerance does definitely build up. Stopping for a week might be a good idea if you can stand it.





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