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Hi there, hellokitty321,

First of all, how long have you been taking the Adderal?

Did you have anxiety/depression [I]before[/I] you started taking Prozac?

ADHD can cause anxiety and depression (and anxiety and depression can cause symptoms of ADHD), and it might just help you to use an AD that works for you for a little while if you have been experiencing anxiety for a long time. Since you were not noticing the anxiety before quitting the prozac, maybe it was doing some good? A lot of ADD/ADHDer's are sensitive to to benzos and AD's, maybe an even lower dose of Prozac would still give you the same benefits, did you try taking it late afternoon or evening? At the same time, if the Adderal is helping your ADHD but you have only been taking it for a short while, your anxiety may decrease once you get used to functioning on a day-to-day basis like someone that doesn't have ADHD.

Xanax can be addictive, you just need to be responsible and aware of how you are taking it. When used properly is marvelous for anxiety, and if your AD is doing for you what it should, you may find you need the Xanax less and less; this is even more true if you just began treating the ADHD as well. I try to imagine that the Xanax is training my brain the proper thought processes when I get exposed to my anxiety triggers. When taking the xanax, I always make it a point to consciously do some deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. I have found this to come in handy when I (remember to!) do it before I feel myself getting anxious, delaying or avoiding completely having to take the xanax - maybe it's the whole mind-body connection?

I take adderal and ritalin with my ADD. With everything else, my next biggest obstacle was the anxiety/paranoia issues. When I started working longer days, I took my xanax as I needed it, which became four or five (small) doses a day [it's really embarrasing to be lectured by the pharmacist for coming "9 days too early for a refill on a controlled substance," oops!]. I guess my AD (lexapro) really did kick in because after a couple months I was taking a lot less xanax each day, and I quit noticing when I forgot to take my a.m. dose until I'd have a panic attack early in the afternoon. Now it's probably 7-8 weeks later, and sometimes I go for 2 or 3 days without taking any Xanax, and then it's only once a day. My pdoc said most people on average take AD's for 9-12 months. Now I believe him, and I know I can go solo with the adderal/ritalin before this time next year.

If you know your body well, you may realize (with some trial and error) what meds you should be taking. The bad thing about most AD's is that they can take up to 8 weeks to start working, and then you may not realize they are doing their job until you quit taking them. A lot of ADD/ADHDer's have used antidepressants as a starting point to rid themselves of the anxiety/depression that can accompany ADD/ADHD. Sometimes it just takes a little while to get stuff straightened out, I hope everything goes well for you:wave:





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