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30mg of Ritalin/day is a very low dose for an adult. Too low a dose can be so frustrating that it leads to the very thing you and I fear. Abuse!

So far, going on 5 months now, I am not becoming tolerant to the anti-add properties of Ritalin. I too was worried about never ending escalation. But once we hit the right dose, 60 mg for me, it is sticking.

One other very important point. Make sure your Ritalin is brand name not generic. Ritalin and generic methylphenidate are not the same. Please don't ask me to explain it because I can't. But from personal experience and reports I read on the web, Ciba Ritalin is superior in efficacy and lower incidences of side effects.

Be sure to work with your medication by writing a task list and then sticking to it. Some have said the evening before is best for them. I like to do mine first thing in the AM just when the Ritalin is kicking in. First on my list is the thing I fear or loathe doing the most and then on to more enjoyable tasks. Use visits to this board and other fun stuff as rewards for completing a task or as a break every hour or two.

There are days I feel like I am going backwards. It is usually because I get behind in my work. Then the same ol symptoms come back. Multiple tasks try to occuppy my conscious mind simultaneously. I can't seem to prioritize one above the other. I get into a mental gridlock condition / paralyasis that leaves me feeling overwhelmed and quite hopeless. The only thing I've discovered that works is to take the rest of the day off and do something that is fun like go bike riding with my wife. If not bike riding, get as far away from a computer as possible. The next morning, my mental traffic will start flowing again.

The ADHD beast is a formidable foe. We need each other for support. I hope I've been of some help.