Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 31314

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ADD and Depression

Posted by Andy on April 26, 2000, at 3:58:46

I'm an 18 year old male on Dexadrine. I have been taking Dexadrine since 7th grade and before that I had been on Ritalin beginning in 3rd grade (I was on as much as 80 mgs a day at times). I am not on a regular amount on dexadrine. My neurologist has advised me to take the medicine when I feel I need it.
Recently I had a fit, or episode, directed at my best friend and at the time girlfriend (she also has ADD and is on Dexadrine). Since that time I have felt increasingly depressed and have been wondering whether or not I may need to be put on some type of anti-depressant. I feel increasingly depressed whenever I have time on my hands.
I am at a very good college (Washington and Lee University) yet I feel that I have been dealt a bad hand in life since I haven't done anything to deserve this disease. I find myself taking out this fustration on the people I care about. I'm concerned that I am going to lose those people who a care about especially my best friend.
She has seen me through a lot of bad stuff in the past year and knows me better then anyone, yet lately she doesn't seem to be willing to help me. Am I doing the right thing by trying to make her understand (which I hope will make the depression thing go away)or should I let it go and persue this depression thing as a greater problem?
I'd appreciate any comments or help on the issue


Re: ADD and Depression

Posted by leslye on April 26, 2000, at 12:04:40

In reply to ADD and Depression, posted by Andy on April 26, 2000, at 3:58:46

> Andy, sounds like you need a good evaluation by a psychiatrist who is attuned to treating add in young adults. You are describing a common problem ad folks run into - I would also recommend you look into the books "you mean I'm not lazy stupid or crazy?" and "driven to distraction" as great ways to educate yourself on ADD and co-morbid problems - also CHADD (children and adults with add) has a web site ( that has lots of info and links. They also have the address of the local Chadd chapter in your area, where you can call and see if anyone has a rec. for a doc who know what they're doing with add in adults (most don't!!)Meanwhile, a low dose of an ad would make sense, but also reeval of your stimulants - sounds like they're pooping out, which happens if you take them for a long time - also, if you are drinking any alcohol, you are shooting yourself in the foot, both moodwise, and attentionwise. Good luck! Leslye


Re: ADD and Depression

Posted by Noa on April 26, 2000, at 13:58:18

In reply to Re: ADD and Depression, posted by leslye on April 26, 2000, at 12:04:40

I agree, seek a good consultation from someone experienced in working with adolescents and adults with ADD. Therapy might help some, as you probably have had to deal with a lot growing up with ADD. But your med situation should also be reevaluated. Good luck and keep us posted.

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