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Re: Stimulants for TRD

Posted by uncouth on November 13, 2009, at 14:41:36

In reply to Re: Stimulants for TRD SLS, posted by Maxime on November 13, 2009, at 13:30:23

My guess is that in the short run, most people tend to respond similarly to stims -- short term, immediate mood lifting and activation.

My guess is that in the long run, stimulants can either be very good or very bad for people, depending on genetics and specifics of their disorder.

I think stimulants caused a permanent adjustment in my brain's reward system, such that my current default state has become apathy, anhedonia, amotivation. I am considering going back on stimulants, but hoping something else (bupropion and antipsychotics) can normalize. Not holding my breath though.

I sometimes wonder if God made me by design like this - to not derive much pleasure from this world. Sure makes it painful and hard to live in it though.

 

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