Re: ADD or Depression ? How do you know?
It's possible to have both at once, but ADD and depression are two very different things.
If you're depressed, you're depressed. So sad and despairing it makes you sick.You might have wandering attention as a result of being depressed, but wandering attention doesn't make it ADD.
If you have ADD, there are whole checklists of "symptoms" (I put it in quotes because calling them symptoms sounds wrong to me--ADD is not an illness, it's a natural way of being), and enough of them will fit you for you to have an "Aha!" response. There are several subtypes of ADD, and a good checklist will accommodate all the subtypes. If one doesn't fit you, another might. That's something to watch for: most ADD checklists out there only check for one or two subtypes.
If you go through all that, including all the subtypes, and don't have the overwhelming sense that this is you, you're probably not ADD.
If you're looking to take medication for either condition, Prozac is not the only one for depression, and Ritalin is not the only one for ADD. Some people who genuinely have ADD do not respond well to Ritalin, and some people who are genuinely depressed do not respond well to Prozac. It sounds, the way you worded your post, like your doctor is acting on the assumption that whatever it is, it will go away if you throw medication at it, and here are the medications for those disorders.
That's sloppy medicine, to say the least. These might not be the right drugs for you, and medication might not even be right for you. If you do take medication, it should only be part of the picture.
If you do go on ADD medication, that's no reason to stop the Prozac. You can take both. Even if you do have ADD, that doesn't necessarily mean you're not also depressed. And Prozac has to be weaned off very, very gradually. If your doctor's not having you do that, don't stick with that doctor.
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