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Re: Restarting Methylphenidate

Posted by bleauberry on March 6, 2020, at 18:40:25

In reply to Restarting Methylphenidate, posted by linkadge on February 29, 2020, at 7:12:02

Ritalin is an amazing medication. One Nurse Practitioner and one Doctor told me the same thing about it. I am paraphrasing, but it was something like this, "I prescribe Ritalin more than any other medicine because it helps the most people with a variety of symptoms". It has been successfully used for major depression in assisted living seniors, and of course ADHD, but in my opinion is also excellent for the anhedonia side of psychiatry, where it can restore motivation and pleasure to pre-depression levels. It can work on depression a lot or somewhat. But even when it is only somewhat, the motivation to enjoy life again is a powerful thing to help beat depression naturally. Anyway, I am a huge fan of Ritalin in psychiatry and I am chronically disappointed at how little it is used. In my world it would be the first line med for depression, not last.

I've been off of psych meds for about a decade now, because lyme treatment and mold treatment cleared up the vast majority of the psychiatric symptoms. Treatment resistant - gone. Major depression - gone. But there is permanent damage in the part of the brain where pleasure/motivation/anhedonia happens. So I am thinking of going back on it.

I was on it for a year. Toward the end I was doing between 40mg and 60mg per day, as needed, days were different, in 10mg doses, one dose lasted about 3-4 hours. I tried the extended release versions and higher doses but I did not get the same good effect. I had to take 10mg 4 to 6 times throughout a day.

Being a stimulant I was afraid of anxiety and insomnia side effects. But the opposite happened. Ritalin was amazing for social phobia and anxiety, just melted away, and I slept great. The best I ever slept was on Zyprexa, but the second best I ever slept was on Ritalin. I can't explain. It has something to do with whether dopamine receptors are up regulated or down regulated.

I like Ritalin and I think it should be utilized way more than it is.




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