Our expert says:
OK. It may well be that Ritalin once suited you well and was helpful, but that your brain chemistry has changed in such a way that the same drug now has fewer useful effects and more troublesome effects. That happens. And one knows that as one's brain matures, though this has numerous other advantages, one effect is that the way one's brain chemistry reacts to some drugs can change drastically, and stimulants like Ritalin are among those affected in this way.
And what ou now need, may no longer be Ritalin as such, but something which will NOW do for you what Ritalin once did. Fortunately, your life is not over and need not be over, but a fresh start is probably needed. I agree with you that a fresh assessment of the whole situation is needed, and may well need a short period in hospital. I don't know where you live, and anyway, I can't keep track of who practices where or how well. And I wouldn't want to refer you to anyone I didn't personally know to be really good, because that is what you deserve.
But wherever you are, you would need to see a good general psychiatrist for a fresh re-assessment of the situation. And he/she might well suggest a period in hospital for a sort of detox, to reduce the ritalin in a safe setting, to clarify what is really needed, and to find the best way of achieving this.
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