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Old 08-13-12, 07:38 AM
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long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

hello folks,
so this kind of came up after musing about why recently starting to take my medication again seems to have curbed a serious depression that seems to have started very close to me quitting my medication.

background: i was diagnosed with ADHD when i was like 5-6 and took 50-120 mg tablets till i was roughly 16-17, i always felt i had been miss-diagnosed and felt that my medication made me disconnected from others and found that i couldn't form normal connections with people because of the way it made me feel (everything except people were all consuming in my interest while on the medication, but while off it i loved being around people) so 1 day i woke up and hands down refused to take my medication. it took a while for my mom to accept that i wouldn't take my meds but in the meantime just cheeked the pills and spit them out later. in that time i had tried almost every time of ADHD pill, strattera, focalin, ritalin, concerta.. and many others that i dont remember. several times i was prescribed several times what i should have been given and got really sick from it (also a contributing factor to me quitting)

soon after going cold turkey i started becoming depressed, which steadily got worse and worse and worse until last year when i had to seek professional help. well soon enough he had me yet again on adhd medication aswell as some of the other stuff. the adderal he gave me was 2-3x what i should have been taking and i had a teacher report me to my school because they though i was shooting up in school because of the jitters in my movement and speech(my body visibly shook), none of the other anti-depressants worked, instead i had worst case scenarios for each and ended up on a watch list several times because of aggressive side effects.. im now 21 and starting to level out but i still have long periods of time of mild depression with spikes of energy but otherwise since i have felt half dead since i stopped taking my medication.

so now the question: has long term usage of ADHD medication been linked to steady ongoing depression after suddenly quitting? i know that it has a history of short term crashes after the temp high of taking it, but im wondering specifically long term. am i stuck taking this stuff for the rest of my life to feel like i have the energy to stay awake or do anything. also is there a less aggressive medication i can take. thus far i have always been incredibly sensitive to these types of medication and always have drastic effects.

thanks for anyone who might shed some light on this

*edit: since getting off the medication i have had adhd symptoms show up so i may have been wrong of about that diagnosis :/
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