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I have been on Adderall for ten years and my doctor recently

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Hello Doctor,
I have been on Adderall for ten years and my doctor recently cut me off. I have had terrible fatige and depression from withdrawal lasting for several weeks. Is this normal?
Thank you,
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Anna replied 7 years ago.
Hello & Welcome to Just Answers.

It is somewhat normal, especially if you stopped abruptly. It takes quite a while for your body to re-adjust to life without stimulants, and it will show especially in your sleep patterns.

The other part that can be at play here is that adderall can sometimes mask the symptoms of depression, and you may need to be evaluated for treatment for depression. It isn't an uncommon occurrence at all. If it has been longer than 6-8 weeks, I'd look to be evaluated for clinical depression. Here is a link to the symptoms, which may help you in speaking to your doctor about it.

My best to you.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

No, I need to know everything. About dibilitating fatigue. Anger. I have been miserable after my doctor cut me off abruptly over a month ago. I have lost time and money, been unable to keep my house cleaned up. I want more than a brief note about not being able to sleep, I already know that. I am affraid my temper is going to get me in trouble. If it does, I think my doctor should be arrested for being an accomplice if I knock the shit out of somebody.


Expert:  Anna replied 7 years ago.
I'm going to opt out so that perhaps the other experts can satisfy you.