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How many other illnesses co-exist with depression?

My doctor is putting me on an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication and I already take adderall. Is it normal to be on so many meds?

Asked 9 years ago by suzycolvig
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Posted 9 years ago

There are innumerable other illnesses that might co-exist with depression. A diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder are often found in the same person as there are many similar symptoms and mental illnesses can often overlap. But, it is not uncommon to find people with other illnesses while having depression such as type-2 diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, migraines, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases and many more.

To read more on Depression and Anxiety, click that link!

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Posted 9 years ago

Some people are on more medicines than you'd like to even imagine--for all sorts of pain, chronic conditions, etc. All medications have various side effects, but the more medications, the more possibility they can start to step on one another's toes, with their wide range of side effects, so to speak.

While your doctor is the authority on your health, and not anyone online, I do wonder, were you prescribed adderall for ADHD? As a stimulant, I wonder about the interaction between adderall and an anti-anxiety medication, and the addition of an anti-depressant. I am not an expert and do wonder the difficulty in treating multiple issues. As I have found, sometimes low level anxiety and depression can be one and of the same--a low level depression can yield anxiety to keep one from dealing with the depression (un or subconsciously, of course), or the consistent anxiety leads one to feel somewhat depressed, due to the chronic anxiety that subtly debilitates them from being at their fullest/best.

So, for some people, yes, it may normal to be on 5 different types of medications for their mood or personality, and for others none. Ultimately how you feel and if you are able to function with hope and draw enjoyment from life is the ultimate measuring bar of what is normal (for you)--if that means 5 different medications, then so be it, if it means 1, 2, or 3, that is okay too.

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