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Relying on stimulants for depression ?

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I've not found much help from SSRI or SNRI medicines for depression. I tried some D3 supplements for years off and on and didn't really like them too much, or for very long. I don't know why but I guess I get depressed more at nighttime for whatever reason; circadian rhythms or otherwise. But, I do find exercise to help some, but what I don't like is how depression follows me virtually all the time to where I don't even feel happy most days because of how sad I feel. I've felt depressed for probably 2-3 years really and don't have much to do that I enjoy except learning things in college and playing video games (which I play too much already to the point of addiction). I get strong desires to take amphetamines for depression since I also have ADHD but I know that's dangerous and not good for me. I drink lots of caffeine and am completely addicted to stimulants like caffeine, herbal stimulants, and amphetamines all at once. What could I do differently instead of rely on stimulant

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replied January 1st, 2018
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Stimulants can be of various types. Like you identified that exercise stimulates you-so you could take up sports, swimming, dancing and other forms of exercise which are both stimulating and good for health and mind.

Also, staying strong and giving up addictive things like video games, coffee, tea and herbal and other medications and amphetamines will help-however, cut these in a graded manner so that there is no withdrawal.

Also it is very important to consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. You may need a few regular counseling sessions to find the root of depression, treat it, keep you motivated and work out a program to help you overcome depression. So please consult one immediately.

This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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