I was wondering if anyone taking Wellbutrin found that it helps get you moving and doing things, but falls short in the mood lifting area. So far, after SRI's and Effexor, this is the first med that has given me any improvement. However, I still feel that I could have a bit more satisfaction and/or joy - positive mood more of the time. Wellbutrin has made me more active once again but, has not done anything for my tendency toward pessimistic outlook and general mood. Do any of you Wellbutrin users take an additional medication just to help restore or bring about a more positive mood?
Thanks in advance - Jim
I'm taking 2 other AD's in addition to Wellbutrin. My doc and I discovered that when taken alone, they don't seem very effective for me. But for some reason, when they're combined, they work magic! My attitude is definitely much better than before I was on meds. But it took a lot of patience and some additional work on my part. I found that the meds gave me the tools to solve some of my problems. Unforunately, I still had to solve them on my own. I also found that having someone else to talk to was helpful.
Hi Sara, Thanks for your help. Do you mind telling what the other AD meds. are that you take? Is one of them something to boost or retain Seratonin? You're right about the work one has to do on their own. I have a spouse who is very supportive, and that really helps. I've found that in the past whether it was individual or group therapy/counseling, that for me it only helped for a while,once I stopped. Depression seems to be a trait on both sides of my relatives. Most of them in the past self-medicated with drinking, unfortunately, which only exacerbated their problems. Now, we are fortunate to have these great medications available to us - which, with time seem to even get better. Thanks again, Jim
I'm currently taking Effexor, Serzone and Wellbutrin. But the dosages have changed over time. I'm not sure what'll happen once I've reached a point where my doc can no longer increase the dosages. And I'm afraid that that point may not be too far away. But I definitely agree that we're very fortunate to even have the meds. Without them, I was completely unable to take care of myself and experienced some severe physical side effects as well. If the meds weren't there, chances are pretty high that I'd have had to been hospitalized for who knows how long. My family also has depression on both sides, but especially my maternal side. My uncle has been in and out of work for as long as I can remember and my Grandmother is a manic-depressive in denial. There's also a lot of schizophrenia on that side of the family. There's definitely a genetic thing associated with it for me.
I'm so happy to hear that your wife is so supportive. Many spouses don't seem to react as well. And that can often open another can of worms with which to deal. I hope you consider yourself very lucky!
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You sound so "together" and "right thinking" - hard to picture you not doing so well as you described. Ditto, re being fortunate to have these meds available to us. I hope they will be able to intervene someday to counteract the genetic thing - soon would be good.
Thanks again for sharing your information and for your encouragement.