I am 65 yrs. Old have been depressed all my life I thought I was the one that had to overcome this but couldnt only a few yrs. Ago did I tell my doctor I was depressed but still didnt say how severely depressed I was the medicine didnt work my doctor retired I went to san anton and drs. There put me on wellbutrin and cymbalta I thought I was getting better but now find myself severely struggling to get out of house
Usually Ritalin and or Aderall is only used with the ADD or narcolepsy / sleep disorders, and even with sleep disorders, Nuvigil is usually the choice treatment. Ritalin and Aderall are easy to form tolerances to, and result in an ever increasing dosage, something that most doctors try to avoid if at all possible, not to mention that it's a schedule 2 medication. The FDA would be quick to question any doctor using those meds, at least to if dispensed too quickly for depressive symptoms. If would be on the same lines as prescribing an Opioid for Depression, even though that class is known to help with depression. Depression is a very complicated illness that can be very difficult to control. It is very usual that it may take several trials of different medications before getting the right one. Sometimes it's just a simple matter of upping the dosage, for example, I know that the range for Cymbalta is 30mg to 120mg (typically), or, a different medication altogether, not to mention that there are numerous classes to choose from, such as SNRI (Cymbalta), NDRI (a one of a kind class of drugs - Wellbutrin), SSRI's (Zoloft and Lexapro), TCA's (Elavil - among many many others, however, are rarely used due to the length of time to kick in as well as the side effect profile), and there are other atypical antidepressant medications as well. If you saw some sort of small improvement, then a change of medication in the same class or an overall increase would make the most sense.
As an overall, you really just need to understand that depression is not a weakness, it's not about being a cry-baby, but it's an actual disease, and the more honest you are with your doctor, the more likely you are to be cured of the disease. I personally don't even like the word depression as it has such negative implications, but prefer melancholy, as it sounds less helpless. I hope that this is of some help to you, and I wish you the best of luck! Feel free to update your posting / question as to what the outcome of this is!
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