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Posted by anonymouse on April 01, 2000 at 17:08:45:

In Reply to: Re: ADD and Depression posted by Chris Godfrey on December 16, 1999 at 02:31:17:

: : : My son was diagnosed with ADHD 3.5 years ago and was treated with Ritalin successfully for the last 2 years, then began to decline to respond to the drug. In Sept we attempted a trial with Dexidrene with ablolutely NO change. He lacks any productivity in school and the desire to participate, feels isolated, and basicly most of symptoms an ADHD child would display. I took him to a child psychologist who has now also diagnosed him with depression and has prescribed effexor. Has anyone experienced anything like this? I am open to ideas and looking for more resources for info! All though I don't doubt that drug treatment may be successfull, I am still more reluctant to try home remedies!! Thanks. Kat

: : Kat,
: : My niece had been on Ritalin for 3 years and it also became ineffective on her. We have now switched to Adderall. So far we have had good luck with it. After about 2 years on Ritalin she was also diagnosed with Depression. Our Psychologist said that Ritalin can enhance depression and depression can enhance ODD, which she also has. They started her on Wellbutrin. She has done alot better since she started the antidepressant. Now that she is on Adderall and the antidepressant things seem to be looking up for her. She has gotten some good reports from school and her behavior at home has improved. I'm hoping this will continue. Just don't give up, there is always hope. These kids are great kids, we adults just need to help them find the right combination of love, medicine and behavior modification.
: : Hope this helps
: : Robin

: Kat,
: I am an adult ADhd. I have an extreme case of ADD and have done a good bit of research on it since learning four years ago I was not lazy,stupid, or slow. I was on Ritalin for a year with little R no results. I have now been put on aderall and still haven't found the medicine for me. I know its out there and I as well as U will find it. Depression is usually a passenger on the ADD bus. They usually go together due to the low self esteem and chemical imbalance that people with ADD have. From someone who has been in a mental hospital for more than a few times. I have one recommendation. Don't allow your child to be around NEGATIVE people R situations. Staying positive and putting your child in a positive atmosphere can greatly help them. Good luck.......:o)

: In Christ Name,
: Chris

i too am an adult w/add. i only tried ritalin once, and only one dose, so i don't feel i can intellgently discuss that med. i have used adderall for the past 3 years or so, and it does a lot for my concentration and ability to complete tasks. however, it aggrevates an underlying OCD, which i understand is commonly found with ADD (perhaps as a defence mechanism, in order to remember to turn-off the stove, things like that...) anyway, my OCD tends to make me more abrasive--somewhat moody, etc. at times it seems related to irregular sleep patterns, but not always. the reactions i get from others tend to lead to my depression--which i have on and off, based seemingly entirely on the outside world--how others treat me. however, i guess the depression was there long before i ever started my meds--from growing-up with untreated/undiagnosed ADD--from feeling like is was stupid, and not as good as others. the diagnosis and meds helped with that a lot, but when i sometimes feel a lack of respect from peers, or they demoralize me for my behaviors, that is when i find myself most depressed. perhaps your child has this sort of thing happening in school. i also think that a.d.d.ers have a more difficult time letting comments of peers roll off their backs--and carry those comments with them for a long time. i know that i did.

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