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Re: i dunno...

Posted by WickedGirl on June 30, 2008, at 21:10:47

In reply to Re: i dunno... med_empowered, posted by wishingstar on June 27, 2008, at 14:28:29

This answer may sound tongue-in-cheek, but I am being serious. ;)

I think whether or not you get Adderall or Dexedrine for depression depends on how imaginative and open-minded your doctor is. And on whether or not they have ever been burned by a patient getting dependent before. The stimulants are a funny breed. They have an awful rap, but I think their bad points have been waaaaay over magnified. There are many people, such as myself and perhaps wishing star, who seem to do better on stims for depressive symptoms. You should see what happens to me on mood-stabilizers or antidepressants. Yuck! If I was into feeling stoned and unable to move off my couch or out of bed ever again, I suppose I would be into Depakote or Cymbalta or Prozac. But, I really hate that feeling, so those drugs don't help me in the slightest. I am also not the typical A.D.D. (born with it) person. I suffer from depression and A.D.D.-type symptoms brought on by trauma. So perhaps, my brain chemistry is somehow different in my depression. All I know is I don't seem to get addicted to Adderall or Dex, and taking those drugs has also seemed to halt my constant migraines somehow. I keep trying to discontinue the stims to try something else, because of the stigma attached to getting either stim as an adult. You should see what I go through. When I stop the stims though, my migraines come back full force, and since I used to get them every week for about 4 days, I am not willing to live like that ever again. Unfortunately, the stims must not be the exact right drug for me, because I do build a tolerance, and I tend to get more depressed and withdrawn after being on them for a month or two. So, I take myself off for a few weeks and try to function as best I can. Oh and as far as Dexedrine goes...I see a lot of things that say Dex is the stronger stim between Adderall and itself. I do not know if I agree with that. If I take Dex, I have one of the nicest, most easy-going personalities ever. Nothing phases me. Unfortunately, on Dex I am tooooo mellow. Nothing ever gets done. The Dex is a mix of the left and right isomers of amphetamine I believe, and the Adderall is a mix of 4 amphetamine salts. Wish I knew why the Adderall is so much better for motivation for me. It really makes me aggressive though.
It is worth it for now, because before the Adderall, I hated myself and my life. Being dead would have been fine. Now at least, I can see there is a light somewhere. I just have to keep working at finding the right drug and/or supplement.


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