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

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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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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

i dont have any stats to back this up, maybe someone else does but as far as I can tell and remember, there is no proof that long term stimulant use affects your over all chemical make up. Like I said, I could be wrong. If the meds helped why stop? If you are dependent on these meds to allow you the ability to function like any other NT, then so be it. You have(if you were properly diagnosed) a brain disorder. If meds work then take them. Dependence is not addiction. If you needed glasses to see or insulin to avoid a diabetic coma wouldnt you take it?
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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

It's possible that you had depression as well as ADHD, and your ADHD meds helped the depression.
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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

Hi it is hard to guess causality from your description. drugs have side effects. It sounded like adderal works for you. If it does, go with that?
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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

Yes, quitting any stimulant after long term use can result in depression. It's in every package insert or even look at drugs (com) just type the name Adderall and read about it. I take Wellbutrin XL to help with energy & staying awake, it doesn't do much for depression but keeps me sane when I'm on a med break.
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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

adderal was only a short time thing that i took after seeing my doctor. but the visible side effects + the looking like a long time heroin user didnt sit well with me. (when i say jittering i dont mean like a small jitter, i mean like visibly shaking to the point where words get broken up) also emotionally it made me a train wreck and i couldnt stop talking, i had a couple of friends beg me to stop taking the medication because i would literally never stop talking and they couldnt hang out with me anymore (like 3-4 hours straight stream of consciousness) all the while i knew my none stop talking (which is very uncharacteristic) was annoying and tried to sensor myself but it seemed that i would just continue to mindlessly speak with no subject/ actual linear progression of a topic.

so you can see why that was not an option for me.

i am looking to start taking adhd medication again during this coming semester but im still not 100% convinced that ADHD is my problem.

i have no issue with attention span as long as something is interesting/ challenging. if it doesnt meet these criteria my brain just doesnt seem to care. its impossible to retain information that doesnt meet this requirements and i just start day dreaming/ having an internal debate about something else (usually morals or hypothetical situations). i start every class with perfect attendance and A+ through mid terms. once i get a hang of the information and have a firm grasp of the subject its damn near impossible for me to even get out of bed. if i make it to class i physically cannot control the urge to sleep. i could have slept 8 hours the evening before, stepping through the door and boom its like i've been awake for 3 days and keeping my eyes open is physically impossible. because of this i usually end the term with like a c-d. my teachers always complain about my drastic downfall and wonder what happened. several of my teachers assume its because i party too much and do tons of drugs, but i dont party and have never even wanted to do any sort of narcotic. i am a foreigner in america and dont wish to jeopardize my visa with underage drinking.

now on medication my focus is all consuming even obsessive. if i start something, no matter what i must finish it. i used to have issues where i would go days without eating, drinking or sleeping because i was working on something. i once became physically sick and couldnt stop throwing up because i had gone about 8 days without eating anything except my medication. i feel it has a unhealthy effect on my life and thus find it hard to justify the extreme issues my "adhd" has on my academic career vs the clear health issues taking the medication imposes.
(to clarify, ^^^^ these side effects are from every adhd medication i have taken throughout my life were the first paragraph was just from adderal, which i took 4-5 times before stopping)


in testing my scores are always high. sat, ssat, iq tests always near perfect despite that fact that it took me a fraction of the time to take them. in the sat i thought the breaks were boring so i got myself qualified for adhd testing (where you are separated from other students) and just took the entire test at once. took me a little over an hour for the sat's and finished with a 1560/1600 despite never even opening a sat practice book or studying (i got kicked out of a sat study class on the first day because i wouldnt stop answering questions before everyone else and when the teacher asked me to stop i fell asleep)

again im a lost kid on the internet looking for something that makes sense. i read a lot of articles that describe my situation but i find it hard to actually get a decent diagnosis from doctors or myself.

through testing from doctors i have been diagnosed with

autism
aspergers
giftedness
high functioning autism
learning disabilities
mercury poisoning (no actual evidence of this but they claim it explained everything)
bipolar
long term depression.
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adhd

all of these were diagnosis from when i was 4-6, but i find it hard to accept any of these. my mom is still conviced that i suffer from aspergers and has been trying to trick me into meeting a aspergers specialist.

again i dont claim to have any of these but my parents were obsessed with finding something wrong with me and thus theres no way to tell what is miss diagnosed and whats simply a leftover from the large amounts of medication i took for more then half my life
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Re: long term depression after suddenly quitting medication

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Yes, quitting any stimulant after long term use can result in depression. It's in every package insert or even look at drugs (com) just type the name Adderall and read about it. I take Wellbutrin XL to help with energy & staying awake, it doesn't do much for depression but keeps me sane when I'm on a med break.

i took wellbutrin for about 2-3 weeks and if i remember right it worked well except i was randomly throwing up for no apparent reason and i believe it was the same one that made me sleep about 14-16 hours a day and still feel dead tired. i couldn't even drive my car if fear that i would crash. but again i took about 5-6 different medications in the period of about a month so the symptoms kinda mix together.
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