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Anyone in the UK treated with Ritalin (methylphenidate) for Depression?

Capt Hooke

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In another thread, a forum member in the USA reports having been given Ritalin for depression and responding to it well. Searching the medical literature, there a small numbers of papers discussing the use of Ritalin for depression. Has anyone in the UK been given this drug?
 
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If I'm right in remembering that NICE are the organisation which approves drugs for use on the NHS and furthermore decides which conditions approved drugs can be prescribed to treat, and if I've read the NICE website correctly, then Ritalin is only used in the UK for ADHD. And, even then, only specialists are allowed to dish it out.

What I can tell you is that I've taken a lot of different medications for depression over the course of a quarter of a century, and I've known a lot of people who've themselves been tried on various drugs for depression - and indeed other mental health diagnoses - and I've never once heard of anyone be given Ritalin for either depression, or any other kind of MH condition which isn't ADHD.

I don't trust the kind of papers you mentioned... pharmaceutical companies have a long-established record of funding research on their own products, which has been proven to result in just the kind of biased findings you'd expect from people under pressure to reach certain conclusions (see the work of David Healy).
 
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I tried Ritalin for suspected ADHD and it did nothing for me. It made me lethargic, apathetic, bored, unmotivated, disconnected, irritable, sleepy, unable to construct a coherent sentence.
 
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@Ozymandias ; agree, NICE rules and the use of Ritalin really surprised me, but our colleague says he's well on it. I have have absolutely no respect for Big Pharma and pretty much the same for NICE. I'm really surprised that David Healy has managed to be so outspoken and survive.
 
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I'm not in the UK, just wanted to comment to say that it is fairly common here in Canada to be prescribed Ritalin as an adjunct treatment for depression. It's not usually given on it's own, but in conjunction with an antidepressant.

The idea behind it is that it can give a boost to your energy and help with concentration, which may assist the antidepressant and help you feel a bit better.

I've been on a few different prescriptions and do find they help marginally with energy, but do not have any effect on my mood.
 
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