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Re: Can 60 Year Old Woman Start Adderall/other Stimul? Helen Ball

Posted by undopaminergic on December 20, 2019, at 7:59:05

In reply to Can 60 Year Old Woman Start Adderall/other Stimul?, posted by Helen Ball on December 19, 2019, at 18:25:25

> So my questions are: Does this make sense that something like Adderall or whatever may help with my depression/social anxiety?
>

Yes, it does to me.

> If I start taking a stimulant at my age, will it be harmful? (I've never heard of anyone my age starting a stimulant.)
>

Age in itself is not a problem, but watch your blood pressure, because stimulants usually raise it, dose dependently.

As for diabetes and high cholesterol (more common in older people), stimulants are more likely to help than harm.

> I know this forum highly recommends MAO Inhibitors for social anxiety, depression, etc. The thing is ... insomnia is my enemy. It is the trigger for my OCD and I've struggled with it for these past eight years.
>

Are you sure MAOIs give you insomnia?

> The stimulants (IR) seem to wear off quickly and not interfere with my sleep.
>

Yes. Indeed, I find that the wearing off of a dose of stimulants makes me more tired (withdrawal symptom) and that of course helps sleep.

Be aware though, that the mood lift may be short lived. Many people get tolerant to it.

-undopaminergic


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