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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2006 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new to this forum. After reading a little about depression and bipolar disorder, I don't know which one I have. Not that I care too much about the title, I just want to see if anyone relates and if I have any hope :)
Basically, my whole life I've had very depressed/anxious/self-conscious feelings. More into adolescence, I began having these extreme cycles of 2 different outlooks on life. The first one is being depressed, wanting to stay in bed all day, eating a lot, feeling worthless, unmotivated, etc. The second one I feel elated pretty much 24/7. Nothing can bring me down. I almost don't want to go to sleep at night bc that would be less time being alive. I have drive, confidence, etc. The problem is, it never stays here. I go through this feeling for maybe a month or two at a time, and then ALWAYS go back to being depressed. I've come to the point where I don't even want to get out of my depression bc of the letdown I will feel when I inevitably become depressed again. Anyone going through this at all? I mean, I am the type of person who keeps trudgin on or else I wouldn't be here today. The good periods keep me going but I'm hoping that fleeting happy periods aren't the only things that sustain me for the rest of my life.
Also, I finally gave into meds about 5 weeks ago when I started taking Wellbutrin (150 mg daily). I seriously feel no different except maybe more depressed than before bc now it's like even more helpless if meds can't help :(

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Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 2/19/2006 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Yellow, some meds can take up to 6 weeks to take full effect. I hope you get something to help you soon. Welcome to HW forum. Take care. later....
"There is at least one good thing in each and every day we just have to find it and if we look hard enough we will.Somedays we just have to look a little harder than others,but its alway's there.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 2/20/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi yellow,  Welcome to Healing Well forum.  We are glad to have you.

What you have described sounds a lot like Bipolar Disorder.  I dont have this but someone close to me does.  He didnt want to get help for the longest time because he felt good during his manic phases and was able to get alot of things done.  Getting on medication and seeking help was one of the hardest things he has probably ever done.  However, both depression and bipolar are completely treatable with the proper medication and management.  I was wondering if your medical physician prescribed the Wellbutrin?  If so then maybe it would be a good idea to seek out a psychiatrist for medication and diagnosis.  He would be the best one to prescribe an appropriate medication for you and follow up on it.  Please keep us updated on how you are doing......


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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 398
   Posted 2/20/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi yellow. Welcome to HW!
I suffer from anxiety, hypothyroid, and chronic depression. I have been on meds since last June (although I have felt this way most of my life)and I am finally feeling so much better. It can take awhile for meds to take effect and they often need to be adjusted. Hang in there, keep in touch with your doctor, let him know how you're feeling. It will get better . . .


New Member

Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 2/21/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your kind words. I will see what happens at the end of this week with the medication (it will be my 6th week) and then contact my psychiatrist if i still feel no difference.
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