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JOURNAL: Adderall

Posted Sep 20 2009 10:20pm
My pdoc did give me a Rx for this good stuff, and the best news is that it does not interact with Lamictal or Prozac. He advised to not take a full does of Adderall with a full does of Ativan at the same time, but I can take the Ativan three hours after I take the Adderall. Which makes sense becaue those two pills, while one is an upper and one is a downer, work on different mechanisms in the brain. Same with the vicodin I sometimes take, he said I shouldn't take them at the same time, but wait about six hours after taking the Adderall.

This is all really good news to hear. The adderall has been helping me a lot. My brain figured out that if it was sleepy and I went to bed then I wouldn't have to deal with the stressors in my life. So I've been super tired whenever I get home. Instead of homework I end up sleeping the evening away, and into the night. The adderall helps me become more alert. It gives my brain clarity, and I can concentrate (which is beautiful since I'm cycling and/or in a mixed episode plus have a hard personal stressor/loss to deal with) so much better! It's amazing. My mind can focus, lock in on something, and really analyze and examine it in the 3D way. Kinda like before I was totally coo-koo and my brain went to the shits from all of the meds. I have my brain back! Which is amazing, since I've been blessed and have always had a really awesome and smart brain. Now I feel like it's been given back to me. Granted it's only in small four hour increments (ubless I take a second dose) but to have that ability to focus and stuff like I used to, it's amazing!

He gave me 10mg, twice a day (one in the morning and one at around 2om). The folks that have ADHD and such (judging from the people I know that have it and take it) they take two doses of 30mg. So really, I'm on a baby dose. But it's really effective for what I need it to do. I'm more like my old pre-drugged up self and have energy and concertration on things.

Before this adderall thing came about, something happened that made me realize I am back in the mania zone. When I am manic, I can write REALLY well. Things flow together in such a way, I have big words, and really go in depth and analyze and can come up with a "wow" writing. The other day I was putting together a short one page paper for class, and as I was writing it, I realized that was happening again. I think it is really neat to be able to pick out specfic things like that that signal mental state changes. Very interesting.

Okay, time to write my paper now!!!

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