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Mental exhaustion

Posted by undopaminergic on August 13, 2022, at 7:34:20

Yesterday, I was less apathetic than usual, and able to remain awake and functional for several hours more than normal despite the sedating anti-histamine evening medications. I was also thinking more interesting, constructive, and sophisticated thoughts, at a level that hasn't happened for years.

The day before, I had exerted myself mentally to complete exhaustion, to the point where I couldn't think straight.

As far as the reduced vulnerability to the sedating effect of anti-histamines is concerned, this has now happened twice. On the other occasion, a few years ago, this was preceded by similar exhaustion.

There was another experience that is not really the same, but has major parallels. I was on stimulants (either ethylphenidate or desoxypipradrol) and I chatted with a friend. Trying to formulate myself to the best of my ability, I exhausted myself to the point I could hardly put a sentence together any more. I went out for a recreational walk and I think I smoked a cigarillo. In a few minutes, I was getting unusually interesting thoughts, and as time went on, this progressed to a kind of flight of ideas.

I propose that extreme mental exertion followed by rest and recreation (possibly including nicotine) is highly therapeutic. There is an obvious analogy to exercising a muscle to exhaustion. It seems that like the muscle, the mind grows stronger from intense exercise.

The problem now is to figure out how to produce the mental exhaustion intentionally. What I did the day before yesterday, was to solve some computer problems, but now that the problems are resolved, I cannot do the same thing again. Any suggestions?





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