Taking medications to treat both Adult ADD and Depression/OCD/Anxiety
I am taking medication to treat both Depression/OCD/Anxiety and Adult ADD.
They seemed to be working together okay, but my uncontrollable behaviors were only slightly under control. Mainly I was just aware of it as I did it.
So the doctor increased dosages.
The effect was to make me more OCD & anxious & ADD, as well as depressed.
I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who has had a similar experience, and especially someone who resolved it.
An exampleof how this drug coctail worked on me:
I planned to go to the post office on my day off, and do some other errands if I had time.
I was pretty much ready to leave at 2:30pm.
But at 5pm I still hadn't left because I was downloading something to put on my new DVDR drive, so I could make the burning of my "test" DVD worthwhile, so I could be sure I was keeping it, so I could send in the forms for the $20 rebate for the DVD before the necessary post-marked-by date (the very next day). I was also doing laundry and other things that all seemed necessary before I could go to the post office. And I changed clothes countless times. The P.O. closed before I could get there. And the whole time I knew what I was doing was not what I really wanted to do, but I couldn't stop. I had less control than before I started trying medication.
But going back to the way I was previously is not okay either, because my job is hinging on the ability of these drugs and therapy to make me into someone who "acts professionally" in the eyes of my boss.
In the last 6 months or so I tried 2 psychiatrists and a general practitioner (who sent me to the second psychiatrist).
They tried me on:
Lexapro (cheered me up amazingly, but gave me extreme muscle clenching)
Remeron (mirtazapine) (took only one. lost complete control of my body and fell asleep)
Paxil. Didn't do much of anything except make me very tired all the time.
Then Zoloft & the Strattera, which made me very jiggly (foot, leg) and gave me hand tremors and made me sleepy but unable to make myself go to bed before 5am (something I've never done before in my 51 years). No wonder I was sleepy at work at 9am.
So the doctor gave me Trazadone to take at night so I couldn't fight the sleep (but I keep putting off taking the Trazadone because there was always something I needed to get done first), and Mirapex to stop the tremors and clenching (didn't work). At the same time, he increased the Zoloft and Strattera.
That's when I went postal instead of going to the Post Office.
The psychiatrist couldn't believe that I got worse with the increase.
Finally, I convinced him with my postal anecdote, abetted by my theory that the Strattera, instead of making me able to focus, was super-charging thoughts so they could tobaggan ride down all the deep grooves warn in my 50-year-old brain by my OCD over the years. And the Zoloft was just making me not care about focusing on any one task. Not sure why it made me hyper. At 2:30am I was Windexing fingerprints of my daughter's bedroom door.
This is really not working. And I can't afford to lose my job.
So has anyone had experiences like this with mixing drugs for different psychological disorders?
Last edited by seriousperson; 01-08-2005 at 08:03 PM.