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I had encephalitis when I was 22. I am now 64. I’ve been on…

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I had encephalitis when I was 22. I am now 64. I’ve been on antidepressants for nearly 30 years, diagnosed with ADHD at age 60. I’m having trouble controlling my depression, think the Adderall may have something to do with it. I’m normally a very happy, “perky”person. Just wondering if the encephalitis has had some long-term effects.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been feeling this way? Have you reached out to anyone about this yet?

I have an appt with my PCP in a couple weeks.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?

Don’t think so.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: Dr. David, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago

I am sorry you are having a hard time controlling your depression

there is a small chance that the encephalitis at age 22 could be causing some of your depression symptoms currently

many people have problems with depression symptoms, even without prior encephalitis

what is important is that you see a doctor or psychiatrist and you start on some treatment for your depression symptoms

medical marijuana can help some people with depression.

have you taken anti-depression medications before?

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