I have ADHD, but I also struggle with anxiety and (to a much lesser degree) depression. I have had bad side effects with concerta & vyvanse. My psychiatrist decided I should try anti-depressants instead. I am not more focused or energetic on anti-depressants, & now I'm really frustrated because I'm STILL struggling with controlling my focus, time management, procrastination, & I just want to be able to accomplish my goals! I just want to say " I want to do this" and be able to do it.
I understand the struggle! There are certain antidepressants that can help with executive dysfunction. For example, I am taking escitalopram (Cipralex/Lexapro) for depression/anxiety, and I noticed that it had some effects on my executive functioning – about the same as I’ve ever had with stimulants – so I looked it up and learned that it’s been shown to improve both executive functioning and cognitive abilities in stroke patients and in elderly people who have depression. There are certain things I still have a lot of trouble with – the same things I always have trouble with when on stimulants – but it’s been great (except for the fatigue, but now coffee helps, I don’t know why).
ADHD coaching and/or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could be helpful since they will give you methods for dealing with your challenges when medication isn’t helping as much as you need it to.