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Have you ever heard of a psychiatrist prescribing aderall for depression?

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Dr. Deepak Patel
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

First, Adderall is not approved by fda for depression.
However, some depressed patients, can have severe lethargy, tiredness, and concentration difficulties. A psychiatrist may find success in using Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate) for those symptoms to get the pt moving in am. Remember, this is very rare and should be done with close monitoring as stimulants have potential for abuse and has street value.

In brief: Sometimes

First, Adderall is not approved by fda for depression.
However, some depressed patients, can have severe lethargy, tiredness, and concentration difficulties. A psychiatrist may find success in using Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate) for those symptoms to get the pt moving in am. Remember, this is very rare and should be done with close monitoring as stimulants have potential for abuse and has street value.
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not by itself

A psychiatrist might prescribe Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or other stimulants as augmenting agents with actual antidepressants.
This usually involves treatment-resistant depression rather than a less entrenched kind. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) would not be an effective treatment for depression by itself.

In brief: Not by itself

A psychiatrist might prescribe Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or other stimulants as augmenting agents with actual antidepressants.
This usually involves treatment-resistant depression rather than a less entrenched kind. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) would not be an effective treatment for depression by itself.
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