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Unresponsive depression? Check for ADD
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NCgirl333 posted:
Hi, First time posting. A quick background: 50 year old female. Been suffering with the worst depression for more years than I care to count --around 10 or so. Have a great therapist. Great doc. Tried Wellbutrin, with some success. Added in Cymbalta, which made me worse, frankly, and so sleepy I couldn't get through the day. Then went with the generic for Celexa, which helped. But still mightily depressed -- and sooooo tired of just trying to make it through the day. Researched unresponsive depression online and went to see my doc with a list of things to double check. He's quite used to my diagnosing myself. :-)Very kind, nice guy. I ticked off the list of things I wanted to make sure we had checked (thyroid, etc.) When got to the last item on the list -- ADD -- his expression changed. And he said, yeah, I'm willing to consider that could be a problem for you. Another doc had tried to diagnose me 10 years ago, but I didn't think I fit the sterotypical ADD. Did well in school. Did well in my career. But HUGE procrastinator. Beyond your wildest imagination. So he put me on Concerta. And nothing happened. Which basically confirmed the diagnosis. If you take an ADD med and you don't climb the wall, you probably have ADD. After of few weeks on Concerta with no response, he switched me to Adderall, 20 mg, time release. (The REALLY expensive kind.) And I don't know how to describe it. It's like my body and my mind relaxed for the fist time in 20 years. I am so easily overwhelmed and worry constantly. And suddenly, I felt I could handle things. I acutally felt hopeful and started getting things done. If this tip helps even ONE person, I will be so happy. The downside? I went with the cheaper generic and it really isn't working as well. So as soon as I can afford the other, I will go back on it. As proof that it really calmed my mind, it actually lowered my blood pressure. NOT a side effect of the drug. But my emotions and anxiety really raise my BP. I've rambled too long. But just wanted to share. I know how dark it is when you feel like nothing is going to help. And this hasn't been a miracle cure. But it has helped me get into a more positive space and given me a bit of energy to keep fighting this thing. Much love to all of you on these pages. We share something that others -- not touched by this disorder -- can never understand or empathize.
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susiemargaret responded:
hello, NC --

wow! good, creative thinking!

i am so glad that you are feeling like a real person again.

as an aside, sometimes if the generic doesn't work as well as the brand name, your dr can write a letter to the ins co and appeal their denial of coverage for the brand name.

if you can't get anywhere with your ins co, please write back and i'll send some resources for finding free/low-cost meds (it's a list i've already compiled, but it is too long to incude in this post).

again, thanks for sharing this tip.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
 
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NCgirl333 replied to susiemargaret's response:
Hi, SM,

Thanks for your positive response. I'm going to check with my doc, but I appreciate your making that list availble. Will post again if I need it. Thanks again!
 
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hopefullinOR responded:
NCgirl333, As I was reading your post, I see myself. I am 42 and don't fit the profile for ADD either. The procastination part is totally me. All my life I was considered a daydreamer. I would just space out, my mind would wander and I would wonder what I was doing. I took the online depression and ADD tests, and I score high on both, but I read that if you have ADD you could have depression. So I am going to talk to my Dr. about it and see what she says. Over the years I have tried so many different meds. for a while I got so tired of being on medication that doesn't help, that I took myself off everything and tried herbals. St. John's wort, etc. but that didn't help either. I am just SO tired of feeling this way. I also have a back issue, so chronic pain doesn't help either....hopefully something will work out after I meet with my Dr. Thank you for posting!
 
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Silverwings_2010 responded:
I too am a procrastinator, and am chronically late.. not sure there is a connection? Also, I have been unable to relax my brain and my body, and now, I have chronic nerve and muscle problems, which are more than awful. My blood pressure has elevated several times, when I was having neck spasms, and I have experienced things that are very similar to panic attacks. The spikes in blood pressure actually reg. on the MRI that I took recently, as flares. If I can take this medicine, without it triggering the tremors that I have, I will def. give it a try, provided my dr. thinks it might be of help. I would love to be able to relax. Thanks for sharing.
 
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mooren1 responded:
A time or two a doctor mentioned this ADD possibility to me as well. It seems so preposterous; I do not think I have any of the symptoms. I am a 53 y/o female who has managed to stay gainfullly employed thruout this whole depression ordeal (ie all my life). I am susceptible to panic attacks and worried that those meds could instigate that. However, my depression is pretty severe at this time. Not sure what to do--on 2 antidepressants and feeling worse at present. Are your sx still well-controlled with this new treatment?
 
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waitingonhope replied to mooren1's response:
hello, I am also 50 and have a dysthmia most of my life but now have a Major Depression on top of it for the past 2 years!! so sick of it, I too tried the adderall and it did help with feeling relaxed and able to concentrate better but does make me a bit jittery but when dose lowered am able to make it thru Drs appts and such. I have currently been declared disabled after a 30 plus successful career and now that I have no money. am deeply in debt and have NO social support I avoid taking it because... well why? lol I have nothing to do and no where to go and barely make it thru my day. yeah not good for me, but I can't change the way things are and see no reason to take take it to be miserable and awake! But I am glad I found this board an know that I am not totally alone in this
 
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odettebabi responded:
I'm so happy for you. I too just found a new medication and for the first time in twenty years I feel great. I was sleeping my life away, i had major anxiety issues and would avoid so many things. I began my new med, Effexor a month ago. Funny thing it is also used for adhd, which I have also. I can't believe after this long dark struggle I found something that works. My blessings to all, I too have been there for way too long. Hang in there.
 
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KIDSSEVEN; replied to odettebabi's response:
hello what is your new medication that makes you feel better i would appreciate if you filled me in


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