Re: help have both ocd and adhd
Wellbutrin will not help OCD and may even make it worse. OCD is related to a serotonin deficiency and so you need an SSRI to treat that, like Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Zoloft. Wellbutrin works on your dopamine and norepinephrine receptors.
I have these two conditions as well. I used to take adderall, which floods the brain with dopamine, and it definitely made OCD a lot worse because Adderall makes you focus intensely, and the last thing you need when you have OCD is to focus on something even more.
I would think you'd need to take two different medications for these conditions, like an SSRI + wellbutrin or + strattera. I don't know if there are contraindications between these medicines or not. With something like adderall, it's so strong that I'm not sure if an SSRI would continue to help or not. I'd take something less strong for ADD. In the end, maybe it will be about which condition is worse for you and affects your quality of life more.
*I just read through some old posts here about Wellbutrin, and most people said it did not help their OCD, but one or two people said they thought it had helped them, so maybe it's worth a shot. Don't expect too much though.
Last edited by digmusic; 02-14-2011 at 03:54 PM.