View Full Version : Help with ADD and Depression?

08-05-08, 05:12 PM
So this is mostly a venting post but i could seriously use some advice as well.

I have been diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder and almost officially diagnosed with some sort of ADD and have tried Ritalin. The Ritalin was amazing my head was quiet and i could focus so much better. The depression has been managed on 20mg of Lexapro but then my period hit and the depression has taken a downward turn. I do have an a list of stresses in my life that would make a healthy person have a nervous breakdown but I have been handling them pretty well.

The problem now is I'm waiting to go the the doc who can adjust my meds but while I'm waiting for that to happen I'm stuck with the depression making me not want to do anything but slump on the couch while the add is making that impossible because my to do list the endlessly repeating in my head along with 5 other things so when ever i try to watch tv or read i can only manage about 5 minutes or 15 at the max before i'm up and trying to find something else to do.

This is starting to drive me more crazy. I am at the point where i almost want the depression to get worse so it overrides the add but i know thats not a healthy option, i would go for a walk but it's 90 degrees out and i know that the dog and i both can't handle the heat that well.

If you made it this far the gist of this is AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

08-23-08, 01:51 PM
I will add to this later when I get some more time, but....

It seems like your environment is contributing the most. So, what shall you do?

Get outside! Socialize more, force yourself to not be "depressed" and avoidant.. This is how you can kill two birds (depression and anxiety) with one stone. Learn to meditate to relax yourself socially, do something you enjoy- exercise, play an instrument, paint, draw, create something or even do something like volunteer work.

Things could be worse. You could be starving or have a terminal illness.

The take home message here is you must be mindful of your behavior and take a disciplined approach to modify such behaviors. This might seem hard and trust me it is, but if you want to feel better you will find a way and ultimately you will feel a million times better.

Remember -- that which comes to you easy does not come at all.

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