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Adhd, anxiety and depression. is it normal for my doctor to have me on vistaril, wellbutrin, and abilify (aripiprazole)? no stimulant or benzos. not seeking drugs but i told him these meds are making it worse

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Surgery 44 years experience
See a psychiatrist: see a apecialist you are not on any medicine for ADHD you are taking medication for depression and anxiety sometime that could make ADHD worst see a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
THe medication Wellbutrin has been shown to be helpful for folks with ADHD--but if your attention problems are the result of depression then you may see some improvement--but the vistaril can cause sedation. If you are not having any psychotic symptoms, then perhaps you need to see a Psychiatrist you trust. If you have ADHD, and not depression, the vistaril and the abilify may create problems.
Apr 29, 2015
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
It is important to be certain of the exact diagnosis for which you are being treated, because the combination you are taking does not make as much sense as I would like it to make given your medication regimen. See a specialist you can trust.
Apr 29, 2015
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Need second opinion: You are on a unique combination of medications. Of the three, Wellbutrin (bupropion) has been shown to be helpful for ADHD, anxiety and depression. Ability has been used for anxiety. Speak to your doctor to find out why this combination is being used. If you are still uncomfortable you may benefit from a second opinion.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
It is important to find the correct combination of medications with your Psychiatrist. Have a physical exam to rule out illness. If you are not confident in your Dr. see another for a 2nd opinion. Medications are not sufficient since they do not teach you coping. Psychotherapy with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy can help your medications to work better.

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