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Twitchy posted 1/10/2014 08:43 AM

Iíve started taking anti-depressants after being diagnosed with a low order, chronic depression. I didnít even feel that bad but when I want in to talk with my Dr. about my concerns about overdrinking she made the diagnosis.

So hereís whatís happened. After the initial 6 week breaking in period, I started to feel anxious, then real anxiety. I thought it was triggered by a somewhat stressful incident and anxiety is one of the side effects of this AD. So I look a lower dose for a while and the anxiety got better. But know that the AD is fully kicked in, I find that Iím feeling much better, more engaged, but also some of the stress I was feeling post DD and Iím sort of back to square one.

So Iím thinking the low order depression was me just getting into a numb state after DD as a coping mechanism. I thought I was dealing, and I was, but not fully and not deeply. Now that the AD if clearing the numbness, not only am I feeling better, but Iím feeling everything more, including some of the unresolved DD crap.

This has turned into a real benefit. Post DD, my FWW didnít get the concept of an EA and was just going through the motions of recovery to make me feel better. I a vague way she knew what she was doing was wrong but she didnít understand why it hurt me so much. My fWW is in a better place to talk about things now. And I donít have to deal with her foggy thinking because now, years later, she understands how broken she was that my pain was real.

Has anyone else had a similar reaction?

painpaingoaway posted 1/10/2014 08:51 AM

not only am I feeling better, but Iím feeling everything more,
be very very careful with this. Sometimes anti-depressants can kick people who may be predisposed to bipolar disorder into a state of hypomania, which can lead to full blown mania.

Do you have any history of bipolar (manic depression) disorder in your family? If so, you should probably not be on an antidepressant.

If you start to feel like superman, see your doc immediately.

Twitchy posted 1/10/2014 09:14 AM

No, not superman. And I don't have a history of bipolar disorder of me or my family. I just feel less numb and feeling emotions more accutely.

Twitchy posted 1/10/2014 11:51 AM

Mods. Thanks for the move from Off Topic. I wasn't sure if was sufficiently A related to qualify for general.

gutfeeling posted 1/10/2014 12:01 PM

I'd ask your doctor.

My H is on ADs and it seems to be the opposite - especially with anger and frustration.

Where as before he would blow his top over the smallest thing, he is now able to have an event appropriate response and remain calm and talk to me when we are having a disagreement.

Are you feeling sadness more? Happiness? Which feelings?

Twitchy posted 1/10/2014 12:05 PM

That's the thing. All of them. When I'm happy, I'm happier. When I'm angry, I'm angrier. But not overly or excessively. It's like I've been living in a shadow I didn't know was there and now everything is brighter, more vibrant. In a very good way.

The AD is called Wellbutrin. Its apparently one that enhances positive neurochemical receptors rather than suppressing negative neuro chemicals. Or something like that. .

[This message edited by Twitchy at 12:09 PM, January 10th (Friday)]

gutfeeling posted 1/10/2014 12:17 PM

HMMM I'd ask your doc. I guess it sounds slightly manic - but could be normal.

purplejacket4 posted 1/10/2014 23:42 PM

Please go see your doctor. SSRIs (Prozac, celexa, Zoloft, lexapro, Paxil) do not cause anxiety. We use them to TREAT Anxiety. SNRIs (Effexor, cymbalta, pristique) also do not cause anxiety. The only antidepressant than can increase anxiety is Wellbutrin or if you were put on stimulants (we only use that in the depressed elderly).

So if you are feeling that anxious either you are actually bipolar or your med is not the right one for you.

ProbableIceCream posted 1/11/2014 00:01 AM

Please go see your doctor. SSRIs (Prozac, celexa, Zoloft, lexapro, Paxil) do not cause anxiety.

Twitchy stated that he is taking Wellbutrin, which is not an SSRI or an SNRI.

lost_in_space posted 1/11/2014 00:18 AM

I have taken Wellbutrin as well as other meds. The Wellbutrin caused me a great deal of anxiety. If I even drank a cup of coffee it would send me into a panic/sensitive state. I stopped taking it and it went away.

Please do talk to your doctor. There are so many other options out there for you to consider. In the end, Celexa was a better fit for me. You have choices. If it isn't working for you, let your doctor know. In my case I chose a psychiatrist as opposed to a GP.

[This message edited by lost_in_space at 12:19 AM, January 11th (Saturday)]

Ostrich80 posted 1/11/2014 01:51 AM

I've been taking welbuterin for almost a year. I don't feel anything. I mean I don't get so low as I did before but I don't feel really great either. I've experienced no anxiety, other than normal stuff that would cause someone to feel a little anxious. I just can get thru the day now without wanting to sleep my my troubles away.

Twitchy posted 1/11/2014 08:40 AM

The first thing I did was make an appointment with my Dr. The plan is to keep the dose down at 150 for a while then see if ramping it up is needed.

Its the lifting of the fog effect I was wondering about and if anyone else experience it.

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