I started 15 mg dextroamphetamine er about 3 weeks ago. I have been chronically depressed for years and suffer from anxiety/panic disorder and PTSD. I'm not sure if I have ADD. My doc seems to think so. I have difficulty with focusing, getting motivated and completing tasks. After years of many different anti-deppressant drug treatments, I was willing to give it a try.
It immediately seemed to energize me and restored a long lost passion for life. I was more confident and less concerned with what people thought of me. However, I struggled with feeling, at times, over-stimulated, which was extremely uncomfortable. Now, I am having severe mood disturbances, characterized by pronounced irritability, anger and feelings of wanting to lash out. I have talked to my doc and therapist about this and they both seem to think that since depression is anger turned inward, that somehow the stimulant is preventing this tendency. They feel that my anger is justified, so the expression of it is healthy and can perhaps motivate me. I have always been very passive and know that I have a lot of untapped anger. However, this drastic change is scary. It makes me feel out of control and even I don't want to be around me. HELP! I don't know what to do. Can anyone relate or offer any advice?