Re: Where have all my "feel good" brain chemicals gone?
My brother was on ritalin for ADD when he was young, and didn't like it because it made him feel "numb and drugged." He seems to be much happier on strattera, so that might be worth looking into, though I really don't know much about it.
I, on the other hand, suffer from anxiety and depression (according to the family doctor... I've never been to a psychiatrist). But from what you say, you definitely seem to be depressed. For me, I'm not sure when it happened. All I know is that I used to be super social and have a lot of fun doing a lot of things when I was an undergraduate, and now I really have no desire to do anything. Effexor gave me the motivation to get things done, but I still felt numb, and the rare high points in my life (time spent with my amazing boyfriend, for example) didn't do anything for me... That was a trade-off I realized I wasn't willing to make... well, we'll see. I'm now starting Wellbutrin, which has made me feel hyperactive (which I fear could turn into intense anxiety during my upcoming final semester of grad school).
Ultimately, yes, I definitely think you should talk to your doctor about how you're feeling. But, I would also ask about treatment options that don't involve medication. These drugs can obviously be great, but the whole experimental process of finding the right one can be daunting, to say the least...
Good luck with everything!