Last question first: try not to drink, it may very well interfere with your medicinal rehab. I learned that the hard way.
As far as when meds kick in: Lamictal took me about a month, if not longer as I needed to up my dose over time (relapses of depression). The combo with Wellbutrin may be a different story, not sure bc I have never been on this cocktail and donít know your dosage. If you have not already, maybe ask your dx about a mood stabilizer, it will help you feel less anxious.
My method of coping: keep a journal, you can 'scream' at it. Go on a walk, get a baby sitter (even for 1 hour), read--even for 5 minutes, and/or listen to the news to see what is going on outside your world (I find this esp. helpfull bc it puts my issues in a more relative context. I.o.w: your troubles are not as bad as a person who is greiving the loss of a loved one. Make sense? Plus you can do this while the kids are around). Keep a list of the good things that you do, however small--like hugging your child. This makes your everyday actions a material fact
that, upon reviewing, makes you feel better about who you are. Cookies are great!!!
I bake allot and give everything to my neighbors. The net result is that they love me and open their doors to me when I need to talk-- use this outlet if you can. Think about the process of icing itself. It slows you down so you can nicely
deal with the kid that just spilled the sugar everywhere (just an example of 'the little things' that may stress one out). Clean the up sugar later
, when you aren't feeling so bullied by your family.
I hope this helps, keep in touch!