Depression and Adult ADHD treatments for treatment resistant cases

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adk522
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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, i am looking for some opinons or someone with experience with treatment resistant depression and Adult ADHD.     I am a 39 year old male who has been diagnosed with both.  We have tried Efexor , prozac, lexapro, Strattera , adderal , rittlin and welbutrin.. none have worked on either the depression or the Adult ADHD.   My doctor has now prescribed Desiprame.  Its one of the older TCA drugs.    Do the TCA's work better on people who have not had sucsess with the SSRI's or SNRI's?   I would love to hear any thoughts or ideas... i am getting quite frustraited in regards to not feeling better and not being able to focus or even think completely.....
 
thanks,
 
adk 

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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi adk522,

Welcome to the forum. I am sorry that the above meds did not work for you. I take adderall and it helps me a lot. But I take it for energy as I have fibromyalgia.

I hope that you get some responses, I do not suffer from add and I am not much help. Please keep posting, as you have come to a good place.

Hugs, Karen
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adk522
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   Posted 12/3/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you , i am hopful for some responses.    Just really want to start feeling normal.   I told my doctor that somtimes i feel like a stroke survior.    Things just dont connect sometimes , and sometimes i feel like there is no comprehension of things/thoughts.... that is the most frustraiting thing about the ADHD... it strange i dont remember having these kind of problems as a kid, just always labled as an underachiever ...but i did have some focus and i did  finish things... not even close to that now.... my depression is not really bad most of the time.. but enough that i feel empty inside and alone alot of the time.   This feeling kills me because i have three amazing little boys that are my life, but i feel distant from them sometimes and that hurts so very much...  i have been starting to wonder if i am really depressed or not since no med has really done anything but jump my energy up at times.... i just dont know.. all i know is that i dont think i am who i am supposed to be ... or am i?   

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
  1. i think a chat with your doc will be benefical. more so a technique i use is to write some notes for your doc, thus maybe a change of medication may be warranted.
  2. new meds are always coming out to help those with depression. i think a definate response from your doc to clarify if you are depressed i feel will be very fruitful for you.
  3. you may well be having a bout/episode of depression, a lot of people go through this and recover well, furthermore your possible depression maybe sutuational, and if so your doc can give you sound advice on what treatments will benefit you, with your current medical situation and with the medications you are on.
  4. i wish you well, keep strong and well.

        jamie.


YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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adk522
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jamie,
 
i have bounce around different doc's and my current i feel really comfortable with.   we actually had a conversation last night about things and that is why we stopped the welbutrin and are moving to the TCA desipraime... will be starting that this weekend.   He is very hopful that this course will help both the depression and ADHD... I am a little skeptical since i have tried so many and nothing has worked.... was hoping someone on the fourm might have a similar situation and have positive thoughts about desipraime..... 

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
i am sure if someone has a similiar situation they will get back to you. in the meantime, keep positive, top marks for seeking assistance, it is our bodies after all!!!!!!!! cheers, jamie :-)
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Ontarioman
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 52 with depression + adhd + general anxiety disorder + mild ocd
 
I have been using citalopram, 20 mg's per day, and 20 mgs of Trazadone. I will use ritalin on and off but I find I get the same effect from Ritalin with 2 medium double double coffees no sugar per 8 hours of the work day BUT no more.
 
Caffeine in limited controlled dose or Ginseng which you can take as tea and experiment with the dose, can work as well as ritalin.
 
I am sorry you are having so many problems finding one to work. everyone is different. my only problem is that citalopram makes it impossible to have sex. I take the tradazone to try offset the delayed ejaculation reaction.
 
The best one for me was Serzone. I had no side effects with sex but they took it off the market  so I had to switch to citalophram.
 
Wellbutrin never worked for me. Amphetamines of dexadrine did  but that stuff is highly addictive so I would not use it. Caffeine for me no longer causes anxiety attacks because of the citalopram  but I carefully monitor it because its addictive-you do have to ignore cravings for it by drinking water.
 
May I suggest you absolutely force yourself to do cardio exercise of an hour a day and I do not care if that is walking, running, cycling, swimming, any combo to get cardio in at an hour a day 7 days a week. It helps the medication work, it helps keep down any weight gain from medication and you need with the adhd to exercise. It naturally releases dopamine and helps ease the anxiety from the excess energy not getting out.
 
Hey the biggest sob is the forgetting what you are doing in the middle of it or forgetting to start what you finish or forgetting stuff. Man I wish I could help you on that. All I can tell you is try break down all your routines into steps that you can trace  back so if you skip one or two you can trace them back.
 
When you write stuff down use different colours for each thing to remember. Use colours not numbers of letters if you have to put stuff in a place to retrieve.
 
The never being able to feel like you are o.k. or you have finished something or you can be calm, its just who we are man.
 
I tried  yoga I could just not sit still but walking, running, cycling, weights, all work.
 
If you are a smoker it is because nicotine helps concentration for about a minute or so but I would not get addicted to it. Also if you want some help to try concentrate but a soft and constant noise in the background-the repetitive noise sometimes helps. Also keep something in your hands you can squeeze on when listening and try tap a foot if you have to quietly. We adhd'ers need to do more then one thing while we listen.
 

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 12/4/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome ontarioman. excellent info you posted, i am sure adk522 will receive this well. thx for sharing, i hope to see you around, cheers, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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