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Depression board


To Concerned Male,
I do believe you're depressed - you could have been describing me with your post. I have suffered from depression since age 12 (I'm 42 now), but don't have to be on antidepressants all the time - just when the stress level gets too high.

I have taken Elavil, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin with good results. The Elavil literally forced me to sleep, but I did have a mild hangover in the mornings if I didn't take it early enough in the evening. The Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft worked well for the general depression. However, about 5 years ago I switched to Wellbutrin because I realized I had no sex drive anymore. I was pleasantly surprised to have my libido return.

More recently I switched back to Zoloft. I am going thru a stressful divorce and the anxiety level has shot thru the roof. So my doc switched me to Zoloft. It took less than 2 weeks before I realized I was feeling more refreshed and could concentrate better.

Nevertheless, neither med may work for you. I've learned from experience that what works for one may not work for others. But you NEED to go see your doc and tell him/her that you think you need to be on an antidepressant. Please do so as soon as possible. Don't want until you start having thoughts of harming yourself. And hang in there.
I also have tried the entire spectrum of A/D's at one time or another. (Been taking them since I was 16 or so, and I am now in my 50's!) Most of them didn't work at all, Paxil worked the best (for me) but only offering mild relief. Anyway fatigue and tiredness has always been a symtom of my depression. Like you I tried Wellbutrin because it does seem to act as a energizer for some, but it really didn't do anything for me. I started Lexapro (not much improvement either!) in June and just last week I had my first visit with a new psychiatrist. I was thinking maybe I would try the new AD that is out, Cymbalta, but instead she thought that adding Wellbutrin to the SSRI (Lexapro) might be worth a shot since I was already on the Lexapro.
I know that combining meds seems to be the new direction that psychiatrists are taking. She said the combo might work better than the Lexapro or Wellbutrin alone. Anyway I am giving it a shot right now. Still a little too early to tell if it's helping, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Also, you might want to ask your doctor about a drug called Provigil. My new doc likes it very much (as did my doctor before her, who first Rx'd it), it is a drug used to promote wakefulness. It is not an AD, and not a stimulant, per se. It is usually prescribed for people with narcolepsy but psychatrists have been using it lately to help with fatigue associated with depression. I've been taking it for about 6 months now and feel it has definitely helped my energy, but not the depressed mood and feelings, thus the combo for me. You might want to ask your doc about it. It is not addicting, works on the brain differently. You can also do a google search for more info, but your Doc should know. Hoping you feel better soon. Let us know!
El