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ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community - Inattentive ADD http://www.addforums.com/forums A forum set aside for the the discussion of inattention and inattentive ADD en Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:21:30 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.addforums.com/forums/images/misc/rss.jpg ADD Forums - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Support and Information Resources Community - Inattentive ADD http://www.addforums.com/forums Ritalin making me agitated and anxious. http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192713&goto=newpost Mon, 06 Aug 2018 21:18:36 GMT Hello everyone,

I've been recently diagnosed with inattentive ADD. So my doctor prescribed me ritalin (Modified release). I started with 1x10mg my first week and now i'm in my second week on 1x20mg. My doctor is planning to go up to 40mg.

With the 10mg i already noticed a big difference in how i felt. More alert and focused, but also a bit fidgety. Now on the 20mg i feel agitated and also more physically/socially anxious than i usually am. I also feel like i get sensory overload (Everything sounds too loud). It also seems to make me more insecure. The feeling reminds me allot of when i used to take cocaine. In the evening when it stops working i feel better again.

This started to make me wonder if i might've been misdiagnosed. I read other peoples experiences with adhd on ritalin, and they say it has a calming effect on them. Makes them less anxious and it makes them feel good.
quite the opposite of what i'm experiencing.

I did drink coffee while on ritalin and i haven't always slept well. I'll try and avoid coffee and see if it's any better tomorrow. It's probably not a good idea to go to 40mg as my doctor suggested. I think 10mg was already enough for me.

Has anyone had similiar experiences ? What are your thoughts about this ?

Thanks for reading

Jef ]]>
Inattentive ADD Jefferson http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192713
SCT = unstable PFC(?) http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192685&goto=newpost Sun, 05 Aug 2018 08:59:04 GMT Could SCT be more about an unstable prefrontal cortex activity instead of just 'low activity'?

There is one thing I don't see mentioned in Barkley's video's or his texts, and by extent any article, paper or book I've read on ADHD, which is the unstability of the prefrontal cortex (and thus, our executive functioning). They always talk about PFC activity being low, but In my personal opininion it's not necessarily a low prefrontal cortex activity that is the core issue, more importantly it is unstable in SCT, sometimes it just completely vanishes.

Think about it, if you would have a low, but stable PFC activity, wouldn't you just get used to it and adjust your actions, ambitions and goals accordingly? In my experience (and anecdotal experiences from other SCT'ers) it is this unstable nature that is the fundamental problem. In short term: moments of drifting off, fogginess or impulsivity, that is 'uncaracteristic' or unexpected, and in longer term: a "reset" in ambition/motivation where basic instincts and cravings take over and I'd no longer care (about anything).

This explains making the same mistakes over and over again, despite my best intentions, being suddenly inattentive in class, even when the subject interests me, suddenly losing all motivation for a (long-term) goal, where I used to be very motivated. I am fairly intelligent and talented (from peer reviews and testings) and my executive functioning (working memory and processing speed) is, while significantly lower than verbal intelligence and associative reasoning, still above average. However, this is measured in an ideal testing environment.

Interestingly, I have undergone testing where I had to do a go-stop-go task, while they measured my EEG (EEG measures electrical activity in your cortex, in this case specifically the prefrontal cortex). Then they compared this performance + EEG with average performances + EEG results (=qEEG). By doing this, they noticed periodic drops or 'lulls' of PFC activity, corresponding with drops in performance (of executive functioning). This was only a 15-minute test (again in an ideal testing environment), I can imagine 'out there' in the real world; under stress, a bad night's sleep, much more distractions etc. these periodic drops would be much more severe, longer lasting and impactfull.

This 'theory' is also supported by the effects of Strattera (atomoxetine) on myself, while I don't necessarily feel 'quicker' or better at multitasking, I do feel more stable, more like I am myself all the time (even if that means I am slow). I've been playing alot less video games, I am much more able to follow conversations entirely (where I used to have to say "Yes, maybe, I don't know, can you repeat the question?"), I am better at judging myself more realistically (like how long it would actually take to do something), the past few months, in dealing with heavy emotions, exciting or negative events, annoying people etc. I've been much quicker in analyzing, putting into context and moving on (where in the past, these things would come back and I'd go over it again and again and again).

Does this make any sense, or sound familiar to you guys? ]]>
Inattentive ADD Fluppets http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=192685