I am actually surfing on internet, looking for infos concerning the flow state. I found that site
that explain very well the phenomenon. I just don’t buy thogoughly the nootropics blabla - though I just ordered a pot of NALT
What brought me to look about the flow is a funny though annoying constatation I made today: how my emotional state, how I see and feel life, is controlled by neurotransmitters. Yes, I know, it is a scientific fact, but feeling it is more ehh... frustrating?.. insulting?.. I don’t know what term to use... than just knowing it. What happened? I just forgot (again
) to take my pills. And I felt a bit depressed. It is not the Trintellix (antidepressant) omission that caused that; its half-life is about 72h, a 6h delay would do absolutely nothing, and I take it for anxiety disorder, not depression. In the past, when I forgot antidepressant pills with a much shorter half-life (Citalopram, or worse Effexor) I became nervous and very irritable, but not depressed at all. The culprit is my ADHD pill Vyvanse. That means that I was feeling that way because my brain’s level of dopamine was lower than usual. When I understood I took my pills, and two hours later I was feeling great, and thinking about dopamine and its influence on mood. And its influence in the flow state. And the flow state itself.
One of the most fascinating part is the prefrontal cortex inhibition, which means the inhibition of self-consciousness, and alteration of time perception.
BTW that « tranche de vie » is by no means a testimony against psychotropic drugs like Trintellix or Vyvanse. If one stops abruptly Vyvanse he may feel sleepy and a tiny bit depressed for 2 or 3 days, that’s all. Antidepressant drugs can be stopped, but by decreasing doses gradually. And that kind of medication is used to help a dysfunctioning brain to work as normally as possible, not to « boost » a brain.