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fiveninefive,

You stated that you felt "anhedonic" before taking Adderall, initially felt improvement on Adderall, and now feel Adderall is no longer effective feeling anhedonic once again.

Let's use the synonymous phrase "flat lined" to indicate feeling emotionally dead. That emotionally dead state is the signature of depression, not ADHD. You are suffering from a depression that does not respond to the antidepressants you have been prescribed. Adderall is a powerful but short lived antidepressant. Dose increases seem to help but ultimately increase your depression's non-responsiveness and frankly, has put you on the fast track to amphetamine addiction.

I recommend you find another psychiatrist fast. Do not stop taking Adderall beforehand. You'll need medical help for the withdrawals. You must find the therapy that will knock out your depression, then you can treat your ADHD.

Bob
[QUOTE=addprogrammer;4217626]fiveninefive,

You stated that you felt "anhedonic" before taking Adderall, initially felt improvement on Adderall, and now feel Adderall is no longer effective feeling anhedonic once again.

Let's use the synonymous phrase "flat lined" to indicate feeling emotionally dead. That emotionally dead state is the signature of depression, not ADHD. You are suffering from a depression that does not respond to the antidepressants you have been prescribed. Adderall is a powerful but short lived antidepressant. Dose increases seem to help but ultimately increase your depression's non-responsiveness and frankly, has put you on the fast track to amphetamine addiction.

I recommend you find another psychiatrist fast. Do not stop taking Adderall beforehand. You'll need medical help for the withdrawals. You must find the therapy that will knock out your depression, then you can treat your ADHD.

Bob[/QUOTE]

Yes I know. I was first diagnosed with depression in high school. I was first diagnosed with ADD around 6 or 7 years old and have been constantly living with symptoms of both. I think you're under the impression that I was misdiagnosed as having ADD when I actually had depression. My psych knows I have both and I've been nothing but open with him about the meds and their effects. If I suspected addiction I would not hesitate to report it to him. He has over 20 years experience and personally I trust him.

I talked to him and he agreed to try Dexedrine at 5mg / day. For about 2 or 3 days I felt extremely fatigued but have been off Adderall for 3 weeks now and I feel no inclination to take it again even though I still have half a bottle of my previous prescription still. Dexedrine so far has been positive for me in that I no longer experience the jittering or heavy sweating that I did on Adderall. It hasn't really improved my focus or mental restlessness much but it is a low dose and adderall is 72% dextroamphetamine so I'm getting significantly less dextroamphetamine now. I feel no cravings and never once have I double dosed or taken it recreationally. I'm dead serious about getting better and I'm not doing this to get high. I'm doing this because my mental health has been a significant detriment to my quality of life for the last 10 years at the very least.

If Dexedrine doesn't work I'm fine with taking a methylphenidate based drug or whatever my doctor recommends. I research every drug before I take it and understand any risks involved with them.





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