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The doctor put me on speed. I hope it improves my game.

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  • The doctor put me on speed. I hope it improves my game.

    The was a similar topic in the past that was deleted. I hoping this one won't be, since it's about a legally-prescribed drug.

    I've always had trouble concentrating on tasks that I find tedious. The new doctor I'm seeing put me on Adderall. I looked up some information on it, and I hope it can give me an edge in chess. From Wikipedia:

    Performance-enhancing

    Therapeutic doses of psychostimulants, including amphetamine, improve performance on working memory tests both in normal functioning individuals and those with ADHD.[14] Moreover, these stimulants also increase arousal and, within the nucleus accumbens, improve task saliency.[14] Thus, stimulants improve performance on effortful and tedious tasks as well.
    [14] Consequently, amphetamine is used by some college and high-school students as a study and test-taking aid.[15] Based upon studies of self-reported illicit stimulant use among college students, performance-enhancing use, as opposed to abuse as a recreational drug, is the primary reason that students use stimulants.[16] In contrast, at doses much higher than those medically prescribed, stimulants can interfere with working memory and cognitive control.[14]

    Amphetamine is also used by some professional, collegiate and high school athletes for its strong stimulant effects.[17][18] However, in competitive sports, this form of use is generally prohibited by anti-doping regulations.[17] At moderate therapeutic doses, amphetamine has been shown to increase physical strength,[17] acceleration,[17] stamina,[17][19] and endurance,[17][19] while reducing reaction time.[17] Like methylphenidate and bupropion, amphetamine increases stamina and endurance in humans primarily through reuptake inhibition and effluxion of dopamine in the central nervous system.[19] Similar to cognition enhancement, very high amphetamine doses can induce side effects that impair athletic performance, such as rhabdomyolysis and hyperthermia.[20][21]


    She started me off on the lowest dose, which is 5mg. She said I can take 10mg after a week if I feel I need it, and even more than that after I see her again, if I feel like it will be therapeutic. The maximum dose it 40mg.

    I just took a dose about an hour ago. I don't feel any different yet. I'll keep you posted on my experience over the coming weeks.
    The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

    -JacksonWShowalter

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    • #3
      You’ll feel it. My buddy took it for a long time and said he got sooooo much done. I’m ADD off the charts, but don’t want the pills. I mean, I do and I don’t. I just hate being/feeling dependent on something that could run out, you know? What if life drastically changes for the better and suddenly I can’t get the pills? Pretty screwed, is what.

      Curious to see how you do.
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      • #4
        Still don't feel any different. I think I'll need 10mg.
        The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

        -JacksonWShowalter

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PostHypermodern View Post
          Still don't feel any different. I think I'll need 10mg.
          Take it easy. You just started. The same thing with me when my doctor prescribed diet pills. I didn't feel anything the first week or so. Then on about the 20th day (12 days after prescribing the stronger dose) I didn't feel hungry but I was getting sick because I wasn't taking in nutrients - I didn't eat for 2 days straight.

          Be careful and give it time.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Phoenix View Post
            Take it easy. You just started. The same thing with me when my doctor prescribed diet pills. I didn't feel anything the first week or so. Then on about the 20th day (12 days after prescribing the stronger dose) I didn't feel hungry but I was getting sick because I wasn't taking in nutrients - I didn't eat for 2 days straight.

            Be careful and give it time.
            I didn't expect a dramatic change after the first dose, but she said I should definitely feel something within 45 minutes or so. Yet I didn't. I'm still going to wait the recommended week before I try to go to 10mg, which is still way off from the maximum dosage.
            The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

            -JacksonWShowalter

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            • #7
              So the speed explains the "Hyper" of PostHypermodern?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Octal View Post
                So the speed explains the "Hyper" of PostHypermodern?
                Strong cigars and Viennese coffee, I should think....
                "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Celadonite View Post
                  Strong cigars and Viennese coffee, I should think....

                  I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I love a good cigar. I was just getting ready to light up when I saw your reply.
                  The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                  -JacksonWShowalter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PostHypermodern View Post
                    I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I love a good cigar. I was just getting ready to light up when I saw your reply.
                    An interesting synchronicity!

                    There's some thought that the rise of "coffee-houses", wherein traditionally tobacco was consumed as well, significantly spread chess since at least the time of Philidor.
                    "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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                    • #11
                      Pillsbury chained-smoked cigars, even at tournaments.

                      The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                      -JacksonWShowalter

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                      • #12
                        Still feel no major difference. Just have a vague feeling of being more motivated.
                        The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                        -JacksonWShowalter

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                        • #13
                          Okay, so tedious tasks feel less tedious. I love the creative part of analyzing my games--looking for lines. I've always hated the mathematical part--blunder-checking those lines. The bunder-checking doesn't bother me as much now, but it still takes me much longer than a normal person to get this and other things done, because of my Obsessive-Compulsive tendencies. I tried the 10mg, but that just gave me an intense feeling, like being on the verge of a panic attack. It also worsened obsessions and compulsions. I may have to settle for the slight improvement I get with 5mg.


                          And things tend to "stand out" more, both in chess and other parts of life. I really notice all those chirps and grunts in Angry Birds!
                          Last edited by PostHypermodern; 03-16-2014, 05:04 AM.
                          The last prisoner I played got released during our game. He was in for armed robbery. After release he got a job in a gun factory.

                          -JacksonWShowalter

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                          • #14
                            Interesting. Keep us posted on this.
                            Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                            An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                            My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                            • #15
                              My intuition tells me you should meditate.

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