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Posted by g_g_g_unit on August 3, 2011, at 10:06:57

I've been taking 10mg of Lexapro for close to six weeks now in combination with 500mg Depakote at night (I have ADHD and OCD). The pair have put a halt to the worst of my depression, anger and panic, but in turn have left me feeling lethargic, foggy, anhedonic and depersonalized. My OCD also hasn't really been touched.

I've also noticed that I've also been feeling quite restless and uncomfortable and will compulsively jump around from watching TV to checking my e-mail to cooking, etc. I'm not sure if this is increased hyperactivity or mild akathisia (which I'm prone to, it seems), but it's unpleasant.

I find coffee helps the anhedonia, amotivation etc. somewhat, but then completely eliminates any anti-anxiety benefits, so maybe my dose of Lexapro is too low and increasing it would allow me to tolerate a stimulant? I'm just worried about the akathisia and movement stuff (restless legs, muscle twitches, etc.)

I just can't seem to find a way to improve my anxiety/OCD without interfering with my cognition (or what little is left of it). Maybe spaciness is the trade-off I have to make, but I'd really rather not have to if possible.

For the record, here's what I've tried:

Luvox - foggy, anhedonic, more inattentive

Prozac - anxiety/agitation/akathisia at 20mg

Zoloft - anxiety/agitation/akathisia at 25mg

Remeron - severe anxiety at 30mg

Nortriptyline (for sleep) - helped attention, but
too stimulating to sleep, wasn't aware I had ADHD at the time

Clomipramine - anxiety, agitation

Nardil - hypomanic, couldn't sleep, gave up after
12 weeks

Parnate - lower doses improved attention, worsened
anxiety, 30mg caused severe insomnia

Dexedrine - 2.5mg sorta helped; couldn't tolerate
higher doses due to anxiety/agitation

Strattera - caused really bad anxiety and
moodiness, but felt 'smarter'

Memantine - 10mg seemed to help anxiety; 20mg
(doctor's target dose) caused neg.
schizo-type symptoms




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