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   Posted 8/12/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had depression for over 20-years. My diagnosis is major depression, recurrent;anxiety disorder and panic attacks. I have tried what I thought was just about every med for depression. Currently, I am on 300mg of Effexor for depression, 4 mg xanax spread out for anxiety and panic. That's not too bad though some would disagree. Now, a new med has been added to the mix...Ritalin 20mg extra release tabs.
I do not have Attention Disorder Deficit. The Ritalin is being prescribed for depression. I like my psych doc, but have never heard of Ritalin being prescribed for depression. I was wondering if anyone else has ever used Ritalin for depression. Or have had any other strange prescriptions for depression.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.
All Good Thoughts,

Post Edited (veteran1) : 8/12/2007 7:09:28 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vet
Here is a thought .........take one dose of happiness a day...... I hear it works wonders for depression. In fact, I know it does. All good thoughts back to you, Annie O

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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   


I found the following (Below) on a site for uses for Ritalin. I couldn't find out any detailed information leading to why this med is prescribed for depression.  However, it does state Ritalin is sometimes used to treat depression.  Your best bet is to continue research online as there is probably much more information available indicating how Ritalin affects the neurotransmitters. 


When this medication is used to treat ADHD, patients may find they have increased attention, decreased impulsiveness, and decreased hyperactivity (see also Notes section). This medication is a mild stimulant that works by affecting the levels of chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the nervous system.

This medication should not be used to treat simple fatigue symptoms.

OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.

This medication may also be used for treating depression in certain cases.

After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, "No hablo ingles."

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   Posted 8/12/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Vet

I have heard of Ritalin being used  for depression in the medically ill elderly. 

I am sure others will have more input for you.

Keep posting. :)

Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


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   Posted 8/13/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you all for your kind and informative posts. I didn't think anyone would answer medication-related question. Again thanks so much.



Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/5/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Calling out to Vet1,
Your friends at the PCa forum are looking for you. Found this to be your last post. If you see this just say hi. We are just trying to stay with you.

Prostate Cancer
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Vet - I join with Tony in the hope we'll see you on our forum again. You've added so much to our "mix" and we miss you.

Wishing you peace & health,
Susan (myman)
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1

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