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      Penny Williams

      This discussion was originally started by user JADD in ADDitude’s now-retired community. The ADDitude editors have included it here to encourage more discussion.


      I have tried almost all antidepressants.  They always stop working at some time.  I also have PTSD and cannot stop thinking about what caused it.  I feel pretty crappy and can hardly do anything or enjoy anything.

      I see a counselor and a psychiatrist.  I wish this feeling would leave me.  It is a feeling of hopelessness, tiredness, laziness, sadness, and injustice.  It is so horrible that I have no motivation, don’t like to see or do things with others.  I have a sick feeling in my stomach constantly and cannot relax, even with Clonazepam and Trazodone.  I feel like I will always feel like this.  Everything I try to do is so very hard.

      Does anyone else feel like this every second of life?

    • #43417
      Kevin Ju

      This reply was originally posted by user Mitzi McPike in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

      Good Morning JADD,

      I can honestly say I have felt all the feelings you described.

      I suffered from PTSD, chronic anxiethy and major depression. I know what it is like to feel hopeless and horrible every day.

      You mention you are taking medication for your ADHD and have some relief.

      Please don’t give up. You may need to adjust your meds or try a different medication for your ADHD.

      I too had been on antidepressants for over 25 years and it wasn’t until I was on the right ADHD medication to supplement my antidepressant that I found a true change in my symptoms.

      Just know you are not alone. There is great support here.


    • #43419
      Kevin Ju

      This reply was originally posted by user JADD in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

      Hi Mitzi,

      Thank you for your comment. I also have anxiety. May I ask you what meds you are taking? Sometimes, I feel I have to mention a medication to try to my psychiatrst.

    • #43436
      Kevin Ju

      This reply was originally posted by user Mitzi McPike in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

      Hi JADD,

      I was so fortunate that the first medication I tried which was Ritalin gave me immediate relief of my chronic symtpoms of anxiety and my non-stop motor. I had to adjust the dosage, up, twice to get it just right.

      I also was taking Wellbutrin for depression. The combination of the two worked very well.

      Do you have the hyperactive/impulsive type ADHD or more Inattentive? Or combination?

      Just curious…


    • #43438
      Kevin Ju

      This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

      Here’s some help on addressing PTSD:

      Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #43443
      Kevin Ju

      This reply was originally posted by user Mara in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

      I strongly recommend that you read a book called The Depression Cure by Dr. Stephen Ilardi (that’s ILARDI). My therapist recommended it to me, and it has answered more of my questions and offered more effective solutions for the treatment and alleviation of depression than I thought possible. The book proposes what the author calls Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, or TLC, and it is a drug-free approach (not that Dr. Ilardi disrespects antidepressant meds, though he shares some surprising facts about them.) I am very much like you, suffered from PTSD and almost lifelong depression. I couldn’t relax or enjoy anything anymore, and everything was hard. My thoughts were all negative and I was miserable. I still have some rough days, but this book has done more for me than I can say. Read it and see what you think. I really believe it can help you. All the best,


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      Hi. Four years later…but I figure our problems always keep coming ’round, no matter what year it is.

      I also thought that “The Depression Cure” was a great book. It’s been a couple of years since I read it, and I’m sure it’s around here somewhere.
      I feel like Ilardi’s “plan of life”, (my description of the book’s advice), would probably significantly lessen depression in most people who really attempted to follow all the advice.
      In some way, many of the book’s ideas are the same we’ve all no doubt heard: daily exercise, good nutrition, good sleep, connecting with others in positive ways, and an emphasis on the importance of being outside, and Vitamin D, and I think, Fish oil, or Vitamin E, in our diets. I may have forgotten one or two other suggestions he had, for lessening depression.
      One way in which Ilardi differs from any run-of-the-mill primer on kicking depression is a wonderful commentary on “rumination”. That’s the endless negative thought loops that our brains tend to get stuck in.
      Ilardi cautions that if we can’t learn to train our brain away from ruminating, we may be able to adopt all other good habits…and still be depressed. It is THAT important that we train our brain away from obsessive negativity, even though it can be very difficult to do. I also thought the book was well written, and easy to read.
      Ilardi is, or was, a professor at KU, in Lawrence, KS, which is just down the road from me, and is the home of both my former and current psychiatrists. I should now say, “Go, Jayhawks!” because Lawrence is a lovely and well-loved little college town.
      But…seeing as I got most of my Bachelor’s AND my Master’s degrees at Kansas State University in bucolic Manhattan, Kansas, I have to instead say, “Go Wildcats!”

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