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Well, i have read your post , i just want to ask that what is your present state of mind , are you depressed and still having ADD symptoms despite being placed on the medications ?So, are ADD and depression , troubling you for which you seek help ?
Also kindly mention the drugs which you are presently taking ?
Sorry to take so long to respond. I am, after about 2 years of success with Adderall, having adverse reactions to Adderall (it seems), on top of the rebound that was always present, now I rarely have the clarity I did for so long. I know 2 years may not seem long, but it was 2 years of my entire lifetime. I also have quite a bit of chronic pain and bizarre physical things since 4/08 after a very bizarre ?virus? struck myself and my youngest son. He too is having severe issues, eversince. I have been tested for everything possible it seems, and I am losing hope to spare him the same nightmare, he is only 9, since August. Presently, I take 30mg Adderall 2 times a day, and 20mg Adderall 2 times a day. I have taken more, and less, we cannot seem to find a decent dose to avoid the rebounds I suffer. We have also tried other ADD meds, and XRs. To no avail. The Adderall does about 3 things for me, alleviates terrible pains, gives clarity and humanity to me, and aleviates depression, when working. 30mg lasts, at best, XXXXX XXXXX in me. I can tell from all of the terrible rebound signals. I cant even think well enough to think, "I havent taken my medication", until I am already suffering in numerous ways. I become, angry, anxiety ridden, ultra sad, confused, massively oversensitive, and want to hide in a closet. The last time I had these issues, was when I would have my allergic reactions to progesterone. I also take Clonazepam - 1mg tabs 2 times a day, prn, and take armour thyroid, 60mg a day. All in all, I seem to be out of options for both effective ADD treatment, and Depression. Thats a tough pill to swallow after 2 years of near normalcy, when I had suffered so badly for 10 years before that. I still have 2 young boys, husband and home to take care of, and yet laying down and letting all things go seems so near. I will not end my life, I would not put my children or husband through it. I cant bare to live in HELL either. I do not know what to do.
Thanks for the reply..
Well, the bane of a psychostimulant or for that matter any antidepressant is that the body develops resistance against it , thus making it less effective as before , and that is why one has to switch to so many different drugs .I can understand your predicament , and the fact that you need to regain your focus and freshness and enthusiasm to carry out your expected duties of rearing kids and looking after the household , both of which are immensely demanding and tiring .
So, since i have read all the drugs which you have used till now , i am mentioning below a regime comprising of drugs for treating your ADD AND Depression , which you have not used till now , and these are slightly different formulations from the drugs you have used before .
The treatment regime is as follows --
1) Focalin XR ( dexmethylphenidate , extended version ) -- this is a new variant methylphenidate ( ritalin ) , but considered to be superior and with less side effects
Or Provigil / Modafinil --- any one of these two is to be taken for ADD and mood brightning .
2) Pristiq ( Desvenlafaxine ) for depression .
3) Cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT ) which is the best type of psychotherapy ( counseling in lay terms ) to be offered by a psychologist in sessions over a short duration , will help you in recovering from depression as well as in learning coping tactics to your surroundings and stressful situations , besides also helping in ADD.
Kindly see the links below..
So, i suggest that you discuss the above mentioned regime with your doctor and discuss about the doses of each of the recommended drugs and get started on them , and i am quite sure this will work . And since you are going to start on this new regime you have to first come off your Adderall AND anti depressant ( if at all you are using one ) , while you shall continue on clonazepam .
I hope this helps..
I wish you all the best and rapid recovery..
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