I have had mental problems, anxiety/depression, for as long as I know. I'm 44 now, by 14 my illness was serious enough to attempt suicide for the first time. I was finally diagnosed with severe recurrent depression at age 24 after a couple more suicide attempts. I have since been diagnosed with bi-polar, PTSD, and different depression diagnosis's, but what gives me the most trouble is anxiety. I have used street drugs since I was 15 to self medicate trying to calm the anxiety, and for years used excessive amounts. I have self medicated daily with amphetamines for 7 years now, only stopping occasionally when I couldn't afford or find it, but not abusing it very much. I have been off my prescribed Seroquel and mood stabilizers for a year now. As long as I have some amphetamines I function well. I wonder if I could be ADD as well. I wonder if I can try Adderall under a doctor's care so I can stop illegally medicating myself.
I wouldn't recommend it for you. You abused the drug even if you were just self medicating. Addiction is Addiction no matter how you look at it. Adderall ss for patients with ADHD as well as Epilepsy. If it works for you you most likely would benefit from something but I wouldn't recommend using Adderall because of your past history. I would recommend something that's not a controlled substance for ADHD such as Strattera. If you haven't been diagnosed with ADHD you shouldn't take anything for it. Most patients who are Bipolar who take a stimulant will experience a manic episode a lot of the time. I would talk closely with your doctor and find the right diagnosis for you and follow your doctors orders as far as treating that diagnosis. If you feel you have ADHD tell your doctor have take the test to see if you in fact do have ADHD. Try the medications your doctor gives you.
If they don't work tell your doctor and he or she can try something else for you. If you experience anxiety I would recommend trying something that's not a controlled substance such as Buspar or an Antidepressant such as Effexor XR. Some people benefit from taking Seroquel for anxiety which helps many. After you have exhausted all options when it comes to non controlled substances as well as Psychotherapy I would then recommend talking with your doctor about a benzodiazepine such as Klonopin of Diazepam. Talk to your doctor and be honest about your history so your doctor can help treat you with medications that will be right for you. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!
I do have ADD, but also suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), so one thing i can tell you is that once I started taking Adderall my need for anti-anxiety meds (benzo's) and anti-depressants almost completely disappeared, which means it can definitely help with anxiety and depression.
From my own experience, and nursing education i can see how it could help PTSD, depression, and anxiety, but i would not recommend it for someone who is bipolar.
As far as real medical info (not just from my own experience) this is what info i have for you: "Adderall is used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It has been used to treat obesity, but The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists does not recommend this use. Apart from the FDA-approved indications for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy, Adderall has also been used off-label to manage cases of treatment-resistant depression and exogenous obesity."
It sounds like you are having a pretty positive reaction from the Adderall. I wonder if your diagnosis of being bipolor is accurate.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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