Newly Diagnosed Today with Depression

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   Posted 12/29/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to work and just could not function at all and was continuously crying and called the counselor who said this was an emergency and to get into my primary doctor.  I saw him this afternoon and he has diagnosed depression and put me on Wellbutrin.  I am wondering about the medication and any side effects I should be on the look out for.  I have taken antidepressants in the past and had reactions that were horrible.  I don't know which is worse, the depression or the side effects.  My doctor has taken me off work for at least a week.  Doing the simplest of tasks seems too much right now.  How quickly does the med start to work? 

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   Posted 12/29/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Wellbutrin can start helping you fairly fast, as in a week or two. But still doesn't reach it's full potential for six to eight weeks. I found I could think really good on it. My mind was super sharp. I couldn't handle a high dose though. It made me nervous. But if you want energy, it will give it to you. Hopefully. It may not act the same on all people. I hope that it works for you.

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   Posted 12/30/2011 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I loved Wellbutrin . It gave me so much energy. I had to take the short acting one. The long time release one kept me up during the night. It work fast with me. I could tell by a few days that I was much happier. I did have to stop it because of drug interaction. I was disappointed that I couldn't stay with it. I had to go back on my old one remron. I miss the energy it gave me.

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   Posted 1/2/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies.  Wellbutrin SR is what I am taking and it hasn't given me the energy you speak of.  Wish it had.

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   Posted 1/2/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Welbutrin may take effect quickly but like other anti-depressants it may take 4-6 weeks to have its full effect. Harsh truth I know but you have tio hang on to the hope that it WILL get better...there is no immediate relief in psychological pain, like physical pain.

Depression is a struggle but we do have lives. Tomorrow you can get appt w/ counselor or doc for maybe additional therapy or meds to help you over the hump...maybe you could get outside for a walk before you start crying, I have a daughter so I just don't have time to cry many days, so keep busy doing anything and don't forget "tears are a gift" (when used sparingly-lol)

Hang in can do this..we are here

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   Posted 1/2/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Ocean...Maggie is right most anti-depressants do take up to 6 weeks to start it's full effects. Give it time things do get better...have patience. Also I agree try to get in to see a councelor it is always good to have someone you can talk to about your depression. I will keep you in my prayers.

Bless you, Amy
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