Having tried Adderall, it had an effect I didn't expect at all. It was a MASSIVE mood booster for me. Kinda like removing the wet blanket of apathy from life itself in a single dose. It was extreme, and at only 5mg. I don't want to use Adderall regularly and am trying to understand what is lacking in my chemistry/diet so I can address it in a more healthy way than amphetamine. Ideally with something with less potential to abuse. I have tried modafinil minor mood boosting, hydrafinil minor boost, st johns wart no boost. Nothing I've ever tried has even been a fraction as effective of mood boosting / depression busting as Adderall. It was so extreme.... it felt like rewinding time to the most focused, happy, mentally healthy I've ever been in my early twenties and double it. Not sure if that effect was sustainable w ongoing dose and to be honest it was so effective I worry about needing it and abusing it. Anyone else w similar experience? Other safer, preferably non prescription, adderall like nootropics to try for the mood boost that is as effective?
I have no doubt you and I have noticed a decline in mood and cognitive facilities over the years for various reasons. But I do NOT believe Adderall is shedding any light on the cause.
I have found some treatments to manage my anhedonia and cognitive dysfunction, and they include: Caffeine (VERY reliable mood booster nootropic for years), NSI-189 (permanent effects on my ability to feel emotions), Sarcosine and Agmatine nootropics (helps me to feel "lighter," and their *antidepressant effects* have some things in common with Ketamine), and a consistent workout routine. Best of luck.
I've been using it for 2+ years and am still at 1-2grams and haven't had much tolerance build up.
At lower doses Kratom will increase dopamine via opiod receptor activation. This is the potential for tolerance and chasing the initial 'euphoric' feeling some people have with it.
Also, you may enjoy the feeling of various ginsengs as well. They are quite varied, and each of us is quite different. Ephedra can be quite euphoric, actually. at the right doses, it seems to actually increase desire for activity, which actually CAN promote natural dopamine. (I'm talking about the "WOOHOO I CLEANED THE WHOLE GOD DAMN HOUSE " feeling. ;) Ginseng in itself - well, Eleuthro with green tea can be a very calming sensation. Other ginsengs can have a very "agro" edge, adn that's soemtimes a helpful factor in "tenacious work," something that Ephedrine can also impart as well.