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Old 02-07-12, 02:41 AM
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Ritalin VS Adderall, my experience

Just another experience thread. I just wanted to share my story in hopes of helping somebody else on their journey to find the right medication. I'll keep it short. I started on Methylphenidate which worked well for like an hour but then I crashed pretty hard. Tried Concerta and it was even worse! Very amped up "highs" and very dreadful "lows". I don't struggle with anxiety or depression, but if I did I can imagine that these lows from MPH and Concerta would have sent me spiraling.

I'm talking hours of a general "down" feeling afterards, not feeling interested in anything, feeling sort of jittery but ZERO motivation for pleasure out of doing anything. I also couldn't sleep during this time, so great =\

Anyways, I'm on Adderall XR now and it's SO much smoother for me. I had always heard that Adderall was "stronger" whatever that means. This is not my experience. It's a much smoother experience with small and longer peaks and I haven't experienced a bad crash yet. Thing is, I didn't realize how bad MPH was for me until I tried Adderall.

Those of you who are just starting out, try several meds and don't give up. I'm in my 4th month of treatment and first month on Adderall. Give it time, take it slow and stay positive!
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