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   Posted 10/30/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
does wellbutrin work for seasonal affective disorder?  It has only been a week and I dont feel any affects.

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   Posted 10/30/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunlover,

Welcome to the anxiety/panic forum. You will find that you are amongst a wonderful group of caring people. I am so happy that you joined us.

I would think that wellbutrin would help with SAD. Since it works with the seratonin levels in your brain. But something else that works, is vitamin D. I take 2000iu each day and it really helps me to feel better.
It usually takes four to six weeks for the full effect of an antidepressant.  So be patient, I found wellbutrin to be a good medication, though I had to go to effexor.

I hope that you have been having a good day today.

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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   

You might also try a sun lamp. I found one for just $35 at the hardware store recently, and it's the real thing! Look around for an affordable one; you can probably find one inexpensively from a reputable store.


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   Posted 10/30/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   

i have SAD, however its summer that upsets me. i love the cold. the warmer months see me struggle, always have. and i live in the hottest part of sydney, go figure. i prefer my bedroom dark, i find sunlight harsh. maybe i should jump a plane to the U.S and move to seattle rolleyes   it amazes me just how much the weather can unsettle me, make me edgy etc.


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   Posted 10/30/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sunlover,

It sounds like you and Maz should switch places! Wellbutrin can take (as Karen wisely mentioned) up to six weeks to work so hang in there. I find in the middle of winter that putting on some coconut oil and player a summer movie can lift my mood just a little. I also put the heater on high! I hope things improve for you soon.


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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies. I do use light therapy. I will update in a few weeks when the medication takes effect. I appreciate all of your help.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello!!! Nice to meet you sunlover :) Hope the light therapy works for your, it helps me out a lot :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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   Posted 11/3/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there Sun,

I make it a practice to take a nap in the sun everyday it is out as the sun shines right on my bed.  Of course I have to fight my dog for the best spot in the sun.......................

Hugs and check in soon.


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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sun... I have a tough time, too, with this time of year and make sure to get out and get some sun as much as I can... also turning on lots of lights at home to keep things bright so I don't feel down. Hope the light therapy and medication will help you and please do post more here so we can help each other enjoy the sunny times this winter!

Take care,

Betsy (-:
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