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  • Working To Come To Terms with Asperger's
  • Sex and Depression - The Real Story
  • The Loss of Joy: Anhedonia
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  • Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Asperger Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Pervasive Developmental Disorder) characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests. Those with Asperger Syndrome, or AS, may exhibit a lack of empathy for their peers, clumsiness, and atypical use of language, though none of these symptoms are required for a diagnosis.1

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The pain of coming to terms with having Asperger's is still very real for me right now. There is a tremendous sense of grief. Grief for all that I suffered through to try to be "normal" and grief for how short of "normal" I always have been. There is also great relief to know that I am not crazy and that not everything can be traced back to an abusive past in the sense that some of what I experience is not choice/emotional but neurons/physical. The greatest challenge I face right now is trying to figure out which is which. This is not easy.

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One of the most common side effects of a number of antidepressant medications is loss of sex drive. I could forgive our friends at fine companies such as Eli Lilly, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Pfizer if dry mouth, irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of appetite, sloth, and social phobia were the sole issues related to the medications I take on a daily basis. However, it is the sex thing I find most challenging.

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Anhedonia is the technical term for the inability to experience joy. When people are in the depths of depression, nothing touches them, not the most intensely pleasurable activities, not the most familiar comforts. They are emotionally frozen. In this state, people either have to get professional help or simply wait for weeks or months until the depression lifts by itself; nothing is going to make them feel better.

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Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred.

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Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being blue, or feeling low. While the depressed mood is present, evidence is also present which reflects the neurochemical or "brain chemistry" aspects of depression with the depressed individual experiencing poor concentration/attention, loss of energy, accelerated thought/worry, sleep/appetite disturbance, and other physical manifestations. When this diagnosis is present, the individual will exhibit at least five of the following symptoms during the depressive periods:

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Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant (amphetamine). Adderall is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years of age and older and in adults.

Who Should Not Take Adderall?

You should not take Adderall if you have:

  • A heart defect
  • Other heart problems, including high blood pressure, and heart or blood vessel disease
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • A history of drug abuse

Never take Adderall if you are taking a drug used to treat depression, called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), or if you have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Taking Adderall close in time to an MAOI can result in serious, sometimes fatal, reactions, including:

  • High body temperature
  • Coma
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • MAOI drugs include Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate), Marplan (isocarboxid), and other brands.

What Are The Risks?

Sudden deaths: See FDA Alert.

Abuse potential: See Warning.

Worsening mental illness (psychosis): Adderall may make symptoms of existing mental illness worse. Possible decreased growth and weight loss: Adderall may decrease growth and cause weight loss. Children who take it for a long time should have their growth and body weight measured regularly. Increased tics: Adderall may worsen tics and Tourette's disorder.

Pregnancy: Tell your healthcare professional if you are or may be pregnant because your baby may be premature or have a low birth weight. Also, your baby may show withdrawal symptoms, such as agitation and drowsiness.

Breast feeding: Do not breast feed while taking Adderall because it can pass into your breast milk. Other side effects include loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, headaches, and mood changes.

Tell your healthcare professional about any medical conditions you have in addition to those already mentioned in this information sheet.

Are There Any Interactions With Drugs or Foods?

Adderall may interact with other medicines. These interactions can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take, especially:

  • Those used to treat depression, known as tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)
  • Antacids
  • Those used to treat urinary problems
  • Diuretics
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), a pain medicine

How Do I Take Adderall?

Adderall is taken by mouth, in the morning, with or without food, exactly as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Swallow Adderall capsules whole or open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on a spoonful of applesauce. Take right away without chewing.

Adderall XR FDA Approved 2001
Patient Information Sheet Revised 2/9/2005

Parent Category: Medications

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