Re: Can amphetamines like Aderall help with depression?
jtelep. I agree with the others, and you should know you are treading on very dangerous teritory. Taking the phentermine and adderall if they are not prescribed to you amounts to misuse of drugs, not to mention that it is illegal. There is a reason why people get addicted to amphetamines, becasue they make you feel great (for a while). Please do not continue on this path. Have you seen the psychiatrist yet? You really need to go if you are feeling that edgy. One of the biggest symptoms I had when I was really depressed was irritability. I obviously can't say for sure if you are depressed or not, but you should certainly see a specialist.
Regarding the tegretol for bipolar: Tegretol HAS been used for bipolar, but it is only one of the many choices, and is not necessarily something that most docs would choose as a first choice. For that reason, I would say it is totally possible that some other mood stabilizer (used for bipolar) would help you. I also think you might be on the right track thinking that you need a higher dose of anti-depressants. It took a while for my doctor to continually increase and increase my medication before it started working. I now take 300mg of Effexor and it has been the best thing to happen to me, but if we had stopped at 150mg and said "it just isn't working," I would have missed out on the benefits I am getting at the 300.
I really do hope that you can find some treatment that helps with your symptoms. If your dad had anger management issues, it's possible that you have some learned behavior that some therapy might help. It's amazing how much we pick up from our parents. In anycase, good luck and keep us posted.