Originally Posted by IllusionalFate
It would be difficult for him to rationally object that amphetamines are unlikely to make you want to be around/interact with people.
It's very easy for docs to object to the prescription of amphetamines. They're C-II drugs and many docs would much prefer to do a digital prostate exam without wearing gloves than to touch a C-II. We have a War On Drugs and C-IIs are very close to the front lines.
As for ADD, I've never been diagnosed with it and I seriously question if I have ADD. I've never even been tested for ADD. I kind-of-sort-of fit the definition of inattentive ADD, in the same way my size 13 foot kind-of-sort-of fits in a size 10 shoe. The only thing to suggest I might have ADD is that stimulants don't increase my level of anxiety and actually make me feel better.
Two months ago I started taking dextroamphetamine for treatment resistant depression. This was, at one time, a widely accepted use for amphetamines. Especially, since they hit the market around 1935, predating the earliest ADs like imipramine or MAOIs by a couple decades. Ritalin, an amphetamine-like drug, was also originally used to treat depression.
The only FDA-approved indications for amphetamines are ADD & narcolepsy, though they are used off-label for depression in rare cases still. If you try a Google search you'll find a stunning lack of info on stimulants for treatment of depression.
You could also tell him that pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) has a calming effect on you.
I never noticed any calming effect from decongestants, though they never made me nervous either. To me they're totally neutral in that regard. I assume this is because Sudafed is a vastly more mild stimulant than an amphetamine, so mild that I don't notice any stimulation. Just as I don't notice any stimulation from Wellbutrin (though it does have a nifty appetite suppressant effect).