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is it unusual for someone to feel calmer after taking a stimulant? i had this reaction a while ago and my psychiatrist didn't know what to make of it. i was looking for an energy boost and i didn't expect that kind of reaction, i was also quite drowsy. so i guess my psychiatrist figured that the drug wasn't working since i was so sedated from the drug. it was a fairly low dose, like 5 mg.  so does any of this necessarily mean anything?

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Well, second person experience, but my 16yo is on adderall, he's ADHD. Yes, he calms down, that's the weird thing with stimulants and add/ADHD folk. I can definitely tell a difference if he forgets his med. Likewise, he can drink a strong cup of coffee, and go to sleep soon after. Something about the way stimulants affect these types of brains.

Fwiw, he takes 15mg twice a day, instant release, not XR.

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On 6/5/2016 at 9:33 AM, y1gFwo said:

is it unusual for someone to feel calmer after taking a stimulant? i had this reaction a while ago and my psychiatrist didn't know what to make of it. i was looking for an energy boost and i didn't expect that kind of reaction, i was also quite drowsy. so i guess my psychiatrist figured that the drug wasn't working since i was so sedated from the drug. it was a fairly low dose, like 5 mg.  so does any of this necessarily mean anything?

For people with ADHD, feeling calm on a Stimulant means that it's working. If you don't have ADHD, the calm/sedating effect could be caused by your brain's relation with dopamine (which is what Stimulants primarily effect). 

I have ADHD combined type, and stimulants neither give me energy nor sedate me. I do feel a sense of "calm" because it helps with my hyperactivity and inner restlessness. Stimulants also help me focus on one thing at a time throughout the day, so I'm not all over the place batshit crazy (which definitely helps my brain calm down). TBH Stimulants do make me a bit tired, but I correlate that with my brain not having to do 100000000 things at once giving my brain the ability to slow down  :P

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