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Husband-OCD/ADHD & Depression - Can't Help Him

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy Husband-OCD/ADHD & Depression - Can't Help Him

Hi Everyone,

Help !!! My husband has had some form of depression since he was a child. To try & summarise, he has been on several different meds for about 15 years. He has previously been diagnosed with post traumatic stress & bipolar.

He has what we call "episodes" where he becomes extremely angry and verbally abusive. He will often punch walls & has broken 2 mobile phones. His most recent episode was just before Christmas and he ended up taking some 23 tablets of various kinds. The Police & Ambulance came. He was assessed at hospital & discharged the same night with nothing positive to help him. He was very embarrassed & ashamed when he came home.

Back to the GP who referred him to a new Psychologist. This man is amazing, he completely understood what my husband was saying, & wasn't saying.
He has diagnosed him with adult ADHD, severe OCD & depression. This is a coincidence to us because after being with my husband for 6 months I joked with him & said he had ADHD.

He has started Luvox for the OCD, which is apparently the best one out there for it. The alternative will be Ritalin to treat the ADHD.

Since starting Luvox, about 5 weeks ago, his depression has gotten worse, there is no change in his OCD, he sleeps all the time (sometimes all day) & he feels like he is going to "snap". We have both spoken to the psych who has tweeked with the dose. As of last week he was to double the dose, but hubby is completely over it.

As my husband & I have discussed, this affects all of us. We have 3 year old twins that are suffering, I only have about 4 hours sleep at night worrying about him & my blood pressure has gone back up after being off blood pressure meds for about 6 months.
I am fortunate that I have been on a weight loss journey & have the gym to release some of my frustrations.

His family live interstate and are of no help. In fact his mothers' first response when he told her he has ADHD and has had it from childhood said "are you saying that's my fault". As far as I am concerned, she should have been on the first plane down here after he took an overdose.

He is getting more depressed each day, today is possibly the worst I have seen him. We have a apoointment with the psych this afternoon.
So any suggestions where we go from here? My husband just wants to go on the Ritalin but for some reason the psych wants to persue this other med first.
I am almost certain it is not going to work for him. As we all know some meds will work for some people but not others.

I love him so much & hate seeing him like this every single day. He has absolutely no desire to do anything & just wants to sleep all day.

Any response would be truly appreciated.

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