Today, I took two 18mg capsules of Concerta. Surprisingly, I feel calmer than yesterday. I got close to 8 hours of sleep last night, so I expected to feel wired or jittery. But, no. I feel calm. And focused. Good. But, it is a bit scary to take double the first dose and see a better result. But, if, at the end of the day, my day has been productive, then this is the dose for me. At least until I talk to my doctor.
Update at 4:12pm
At around 1:45pm this afternoon, my stomach started feeling a bit uneasy. I wanted to describe it as jittery before I started this update, but it's really a slight stomach ache. I'm guessing that Concerta is the culprit and that I didn't feel this way this morning because my body was fresh and energetic. When energy slumps, maybe the stomach can't deal with the drug as well? I'm clearly not sure, so I plan to try again tomorrow. I really enjoyed feeling calm and I have felt more focused than usual today, even more focused than any day since Friday when I started taking one 18mg capsule.
Update at 4:45pm
It can't be this simple, and I should write a separate post to focus on the matter, but it seems from reading articles like this that ADD/ADHD boils down to low dopamine. And dopamine is what medications like Concerta increase.