Posted by SLS on April 17, 2012, at 7:49:09
In reply to Re: Multiple years on MAOIs and my conclusions » SLS, posted by g_g_g_unit on April 17, 2012, at 1:04:36
> Scott, do you believe that anti-depressants (well, MAOIs in particular) can help treat addiction/impulsivity problems at a biological level, or would it depend more on the source (e.g. social anxiety)?
I think you are right in saying that it is important to ascertain the type of impulsiveness and its sources before choosing to treat it pharmacologically. For instance, Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) is a drug that is used for some types of impulsive anger issues. However, increased impulsivity can be a side effect. Abilify is a drug that can help with cocaine addiction by mitigating cravings. I don't know if it would be helpful in behavioral impulsiveness, though. If you were self-injuring, I would recommend researching naltrexone or naloxone.
At this point, I would be reluctant to suggest a course of action without knowing more. If your impulsivity included anger, Trileptal would be the most attractive choice, especially since it can help as a mood-stabilizer as well.
Perhaps a psychotherapeutic intervention would be sufficient.
Is there any BPD stuff going on?
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