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Re: Adult ADD, Prozac and Apathy

Posted by John on June 1, 1999, at 18:15:59

In reply to Adult ADD, Prozac and Apathy, posted by Barbara on September 19, 1998, at 14:56:42

> For adult ADD with mild chronic depression and impulsivity, I was originally prescribed Prozac 20 and Dexedrine 40. Did great. But increased the prozac to 40, and about 6 weeks later, I was lethargic and apathetic and the ADD was wildly out of control. I ignored important daily and life tasks, gave up, with no thought of ever returning to, my daily 5 mile walks in addition to feeling numb and unemotional. I was the original "what me worry." Clueless. Stopped the Prozac , started Wellbutrin but not great yet. Has this happended to anyone else and how did you cope and what meds did you switch to? Dr. Bob, I have read the article on SSRI's and Apathy. With ADD in the mix it was rough, I did not even know it was happening for a while. I sort of slid into it. Is this only a result of the Prozac?

Hi Barbara, I can certainly relate. All the SSRIs have given me that same apathy. And you're right, it just kind of sneaks in very subtle. That same apathy is my primary symptom when I'm NOT medicated, so to take a medicine with the side effects and actually have the apathy intensified is real frustrating. Sometimes I fall into a real deep depression, but for the most part I have just lost the ability to feel joy, pleasure, interest, friends, hobbies, etc. If I could just lick that one symptom I would be SO THANKFUL! Anyway, yeah, SSRIs work for a lot of people, but the apathy issue is probably more widespread than a lot of people realize. John.




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