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Old 05-29-13, 02:16 PM
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Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Hi I am curious on how time perception is for you both prior to meds and after going on meds. I ask as I just started Strattera and I notice my time perception is different (time slows down). This was something I also noticed after I tried to go on Wellbutrin last year (I stopped it as my weight was too low at that time and was worried about that). I also feel much more inner calming while on Strattera. I just started today
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Yes. I think that's a classic ADHD thing - highly inaccurate time perception, improved (or at least changed, hopefully it's an improvement) by medication.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Thanks! I was wondering about that, I'm glad to hear how going on medication helps with the time perception.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

I think it varies from person to person.

For some people, it seems to slow time down and for others, it seems to speed time up.

Stimulants generally speed time up for me, because i'm usually so focused on a task, that time just seems to zoom by. Where as, without it, i'm generally just sitting about feeling bored all day with my foggy mind and the time just seems to drag by so slowly.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

It depends how you view it, and it depends what you're doing as well. If I'm absorbed in a task, I don't notice the time until much later, so I guess that's time seeming to speed up. But this also means that my "attention per second" is higher, and an increase of attention can make time appear slower because every moment matters more.

Only you can decide if the effect is a good one.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Yes! I am amazed. My internal clock feels in sync with "real time."
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

I still have no perception of time with meds.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Set the clock 10 mins fast. That's all I have to suggest
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Time definitely slows down for me on meds.

Instead of looking up and it's been like an hour, i'll look up and it's only been a few minutes. It's literally that strong.

However, it depends on the dose of meds. 10mg Ritalin does not have this effect, but concentration improves. 20mg, my thoughts slow, become more linear and time definitely slows.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

If I understand you correctly you have only started strattera today? I thought that it took a couple of weeks to start working, so maybe it´s because you are off what ever other meds you were on.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

Hey! Just this morning I made TWO appropriate time-sensing moves, within one hour!

Good thing, since I was on "countdown" for getting ready for an appt with my pdoc. Don't want to be late for those.

Hmm; funny thing about those appts:

One time I drove right past the turn off into the driveway, so I had to make and u turn and go back.

Thought I had sent the latest script to the dump, inside the envelope it had come in, and was mortified that I would have to call and ask for another one. thank goodness, I found it in my purse --AFTER I was so sure I had put it in the entry way table drawer.

Had the appt down for the wrong time in my calendar. Fortunately, he always calls a day ahead of time with a reminder, and anyway, my time was earlier than his time, so I wouldn't have been late. Triple checked the time of the next one before leaving today.

Enjoying my coffee on the patio, I ignored the clock time for heading for the shower, to do just ONE more thing, and fortunately caught the time in time to still leave on time.

Neighbor came by to talk about neighborly stuff. Started getting antsy, found a polite way to end the conversation, and was pleased to note that I was still on track to leave on time.

Could my ADD symptoms have been any more on display, and poised to (megatively?) impress the pdoc?? He also thought it was all pretty funny.
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

I bragged too soon. I was 6 minutes late for my follow-up with the psychologist. He was not amused. It was an early appointment and I had not taken my dose yet. From now on, I'm only making afternoon appointments with him!
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Re: Time perception when you have ADHD and how meds change that

One of the best things about stimulants is how time stretches. Mentally I feel like time slows down and I'm not rushing, rushing, rushing somewhere all the time. I have big problems organizing my thoughts because I feel like I'm trying to cram more things in. I know that its working because as soon as it kicks in I kind of settle in to a grove. I can see the right order to put things in and can prioritize information. Not rushed. Not overwhelmed. It's the closest thing to inner peace that I've experienced so far.

Interestingly, however, time OUTSIDE my head seems to fly by a bit faster. Maybe it's because I'm able to sit in one place without fidgeting and concentrate for longer stretches. It depends, though. If I haven't had enough sleep, "Outside Time" is way off whether I've taken my meds or not.

But you know Time...It's all relative
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It's no different I'm consistently late teeth brushing turns into a game of angry birds fiddling with something in the bathroom for a while trying to sort laundry back to angry birds and OmFg what's this song on my iPod *dance around bathroom* more angry birds,....Ffs I'm fu**ing late again
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Fraser? Your on stims now ?
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