Depression and Adderall XR

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   Posted 7/7/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
 Since I have mutiple personalities and one of my peeps (alters) suffer ADHD and another depression my pysc in NY put me on Adderrall XR. As I entioned in the Anxiety section it turned my life around. Then I learned I have hypertension and had to go off of it. My ADHD symptoms returned and my depression got so bad I was way, way down there in that dark hole with no seemingly way out.
 I now have a new psyc since I have moved to Utah and over the past few months I have had some severe situational stress issues which have caused my depression to sink low again. One of my main problems is lack of energy. I spent 7 months in bed, sleeping 21 hours a day. Now my body is totally atrophied. I am in physical therapy for that.
 Now for my point. My psyc asked if I had ever been on Adderall XR or Ritalin. I told him that I took Adderall XR for over two years and had NO depression at all (I even had four family members in Iraq at the same time-husband, son, nephew and son-in-law) and I still made it through without depression. Call that a miracle!
 He suggested that I go back on the Adderall XR because it not only gives you energy but also works as an anti-depressant, which I didn't know. I told him that I cannot take it because of the high blood pressure. He said that he was more concerned about my severly high anxiety causing my blood pressure to rise much more that the rise caused by the Adderall XR. He also said that he just attended a seminar and the speaker said that people who are on medications for hypertension do fine on Adderall XR or Ritalin.
 So I am back on it. To counteract some of the mild anxiety that it causes I take it with a 0.5 mg dosage of Xanax.
 My low energy level, due to my depression, and my daytime sleepiness are gone. We have lived here in Utah for 10 months and I was able to walk to our mailbox, about 500 feet away for the first time. All naps are gone.
 Adderall XR is one of my "wonder drugs." My daughter even told her husband the other day that she feels like she has her old mom back again. tongue  
 Just wanted to share this encouraging story and am curious as to whether any of you here take this medication?
Taking baby steps towards recovery,
I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said, "That cannot be true. You haven't met everyone yet!"

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/7/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Adderall was the first medication i ever took, like 6 years ago. it was prescribed to me for ADD but what it actually wound up doing is help with my anxiety and depression. While it definetly helped with my depression, i dont think it is good to use adderall as a first line of attack against depression. While it can give you more energy and positive thinking, it really doesnt effect the brain chemicals that are the root cause of feelings of sadness and lack of well-being. For example, I had alot more confidence and less apathy (on adderall), but I still would think waaaay too much about things and be way too sensitive to things and therefore was still overtaxing my brain with those kinds of thoughts; my point being: the general-well-being "area" of my brain (which is the root cause of depression) was not being balanced by adderall and therefore alot of the less obvious symptoms of depression were not being helped. Theres also the fact that there is actually a downer period at the end of the medicines metabolism cycle. However, if you are fully functional on it than more power to you. Those are just my impressions for having been on it for 6 years.

I was accused by the first psych I saw of being addicted to adderall, and thats why he said i really didnt want to stop taking it. In fact, the reason I didnt want to stop taking it was because it helped massively with my depression and I was suicidal and amidst a severe panic attack basically every second of everyday before I started on it. I was terrified of going back to that state of mind.
Thankfully, I was further evaluated and realized I had pretty severe depression and anxiety, even though I never would have known it. I just thought I wasnt handling things correctly in my head or something like that. I later found much, much more helpfull and understanding doctors who I continued to try trials of meds under.

I have tried nearly every anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety medicine made and I cant stand the psychological effects of most all ive tried. However of all the meds ive tried outside of adderall, ive had the most tolerance with lexapro. I actually just stopped the lexapro and started taking cymbalta recently. It actually is going pretty well, not as helpfull with my anxiety as lexapro, but more helpfull with my depression. Oh, the one other medicine that I tolerated well for a couple years was imipramine, however, it made me extremely drowsy all day. Yet it was very hard for me to goto sleep.
Anyway, hope some of this was the kind of thing you were looking to hear from someone.
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