I just starting doing research, again, to see what antidepressants I could discuss w/ my dr. and found this site. My heart goes out to those who have chronic or lifetime depression b/c I am one of them. I have been depressed for a long as I can remember. I go to therapy, I've been on antidepressants but my brother passed away a year ago and my depression is almost at it's worst. Before I never could cry and now I do all the time.
Before he passed I got on Cymbalta which replaced my Paxil (side affects affecting my sexual relationship w/ my boyfriend) and was added to my Welbutrin. Things seemed to have improved. I felt more alive - less of that hazzy existence. And then the bad news. I don't know what to do. Will I add a third medication? - My mg.s are maxed out on these two. I don't know if this is situational or am I becoming more tollarant?
I accept these medications will be in my life forever mostlikely, and that is o.k. I mean I was an active alcoholic and that had to have done much more damage phsyologically and psycologically plus I've just had enough of the depression. "That which does not kill you..." Well I'm not getting any stronger, I'm getting weaker.
It's about the quality of life. The side effects for me are worth it. The stress probably shaves more off my life than the medication ever could. You owe it to yourself to take care of yourself and medication just might be the way. It's not like you can't stop if you want to. Your free to decide obviously.
Before I went to my doctor I did some reading online. I saw that Wellbutrin is also used for ADD which I have never been diagnosed w/ but most likely have and the Paxil could help OCD which I experience from time to time. There might be meds that can kill two birds w/ one stone and like everyone says, you really can't know the side affects til you take it yourself. I know, I am frustrated too. Another possible med change, but this is the rest of my life so I have time but might as well figure it out now.
Good luck to you. I wish you the happiness you probably deserve.