I'm on a Ritalin high right now and I feel great, I'm focused, I'm motivated, I can work... I don't want to go into how ADHD pretty much ruined my life but meds have been an absolute God-send. I was on Strattera for a while and switched to Ritalin a few days ago. My focus has gotten even better.
The downside of it is the crash that one experiences in the intervening period after one dose has worn off and before the next kicks in. I get... flat, I can't even describe it as sadness, I just feel awful, it's especially pronounced due to the contrast between that feeling and the 'high' before it. It's... I remember the first time I experienced it a few nights ago, it was at the tail end of a house party... my ENFP friend kept asking me what was wrong and I couldn't talk, I couldn't even muster up a reassuring smile, I couldn't look at anything... it was complete emotional shutdown. I just left and drove home. Dude was really worried, kept calling, probably to check that I hadn't killed myself. Hehe. I experienced it again last night and my female ENFP pal who was with me looked to be on the verge of tears (dont ask me why I do this to ENFPs. :P ). I've never experienced that, even when I was in the doldrums of my worst depressive period as a teenager. It's transitory though, and wears off when the next dose kicks in or after an hour or so (if I'm done with my daily 'quota').
A friend of mine says that coffee works wonderfully for her when she feels the crash coming on. I'm curious, does the severity dissipate with time? Is it something of a healing crisis effect, something transitory that my body needs to get used to? Do you have your ways of dealing with it?
Thanks for reading.