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Depression board

Hi -- I am new to Healthboards and this message board. I have recently been prescribed Wellbutrin and Xanax and I have some questions about them -- I am hoping somebody here can answer or share their own experiences with these drugs.

For most of my life (I am 41) I have had depression issues. I wasn't formally diagnosed until I was 30+, and it was a real "lightbulb" or "aha!" moment -- first time I realized not everybody felt the way I did. Helped make sense of everything, and helped me realize I wasn't just inherently defective as a human being.

As a kid/young adult, like many depressed (undiagnosed) kids I self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. I was sober for about 10 years before being diagnosed with depression. I was started Zoloft and took it with good results for 6 or 7 years (except for weight gain & loss of interest in sex - a real bummer). However it gradually lost its effectiveness, and I was switched to Effexor (which worked for awhile) and then to Remeron (which didn't). After a real long bad spell my physician suggested I try Wellbutrin. She also gave me Xanax as I seem to have developed a significant anxiety component in the last few years.

What is different about Wellbutrin than the others? The doc said it was a different class of AD but didn't explain *how* it was different. Also, I have heard some talk about Wellbutrin and seizures (scary) and some talk about the generic version (which I take) being different or less effective than the "real" version. Is this true, has anybody had experience with this? Finally has anybody taken Wellbutrin and Xanax together? I am not sure what to expect.

Thanks for any advice or information you can offer -- I am glad to have found this board.

Being diagnosed was kind of a "lightbulb" experience or "Aha!" moment -- finally made sense of what I had been experiencing for so many years, and also helped me realize that not everybody felt that way! When I was a kid and young adult I self-medicated with alcohol and drugs.