View Full Version : Depression vs. ADHD


JayP
08-04-10, 05:00 AM
I am currently on Concerta extended release, I take 2x36 MG pills in the morning. I am hoping you fine people can help me in a situation that I have been becoming increasingly worried about.
Lately I have been experiencing depression, anxiety, increased paranoia, and mood swings. Usually appearing when I am inconsistent about taking my medicine. I am afraid that this will affect my friends and my girlfriend whom I am so happy to be with. Does anyone else have an understanding of what I am going through? I do not know what to do (besides talk to my doc) about this... It is starting to be a real problem.
Just so you have some background on who I am, I am 20 years old, and was diagnosed in 5th grade. So I have been living with ADHD for a long time and know alot about the side effects and other stuff pertaining to ADHD. My question to all you fellow ADD/ADHD diagnosese is what did you do to deal with this? I have considered just toughening it out, discontinuin taking concerta and ADHD meds altogether. (not cold turkey) Please help me if you are able to. :/

Fortune
08-04-10, 05:20 AM
This page (http://www.ehow.com/about_5095513_side-effects-concerta-withdrawal.html) says that symptoms of Concerta withdrawal include depression and mood swings.

That was my first thought when you said it happens when you're inconsistent about taking it.

However, this thread (http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64194) talks about paranoia. Read the whole thread.

JayP
08-04-10, 05:40 AM
I just read through the thread, and I think it helped a bit. I have not experienced dissociation of reality, but I do see the increase in anxiety. Well at least I know where to look for help now. :) Thanks for posting those thread links.