Living Life Frame by Frame (driftingfocus) wrote in rx_emotions,
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Wellbutrin?

Hello there. I just recently joined this community, and this is my first post, because I have some concerns.

I've been in therapy for roughly 9 years, and have really only gotten marginally better, and in the last 3 or so years have actually gotten considerably worse. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with ADD and depression/bipolar disorder. They tried medication for both, but the stimulants made me more daydreamy, if anything, and the SSRIs made me extremely depressed. I've been off medication for probably 6 years now. I recently got involved with a guy who went through a lot of therapy over the last few years, and has really improved his life a considerable amount. This made me realize that perhaps I wasn't working with the therapist correctly/enough (I only saw her a few times a year, by this point) and saw her 5 times in two weeks over the winter holidays. After talking to her about some things that I never had before, she said that she thought my diagnosis of ADD and depression was incorrect (she was not the therapist to diagnose me with those) and that in fact I had an anxiety disorder, possible OCD, and extremely overreactive emotions. Now that I'm back at school, I'm working with the school to work with my professors, and I'm seeing one of the psychologists here on campus. She recommended me to a psychopharmocologist in the area, but I'm skeptical about his response. He seemed very gung-ho about ADD. Before I mentioned ADD, he was agreeing with me about the anxiety and emotional stuff, but the moment I mentioned that I had been diagnosed (and then undiagnosed) with ADD, he immediately started attributing everything to my ADD, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, even me saying otherwise. He agreed to see what he could do about the emotions and anxiety, but still seemed rather focused on the ADD. He prescribed me 150 mg then 300mg(if no side effects) of Wellbutrin XL. Now, upon reading up on this drug, it seems primarily for the things he seems to think are wrong, not the things I mentioned and my other two therapists have talked with me about. It's used for ADD and depression, not anxiety and emotional reactivity. Not only is it not used for anxiety, worsening anxiety is a common side effect!

Frankly, I'm not sure what to think, here. Has any one here had good experience with this drug with either of the two problems I mentioned?
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i took wellbutrin for a while. It did really help with depression and my social anxiety. however I had a mild fear of the dark and that was worsend (i have learned just not to watch movies like the ring that increase that type of crap since then...) its really hard to say how you react to a medication until you try it, and if you have extremly detrimental effects call your dr and say listen, i cant tolerate this and this, and i cannot take this medication anymore. Be firm, honest, and respectful. Just try it out, its hard to say how it will work for you, its a bit different for everyone...but thats just my experience.
wellbutrin helped my anxiety for awhile, then it started making it worse. It's possible (probable even) that my anxiety was caused by excessive wellbutrin (1125mg/day) for awhile or some other meds that I was on at the same time (stupid doc...) and the lower dosage (150mg) brought things back into line.

It also helped my ADD, but my pdoc had a small cow about how wellbutrin wasn't supposed to be for people with ADD. Since you've already tried SSRIs and stimulants and they didn't help I'd think wellbutrin would be a logical next choice. It's got a lower incidence of addiction than benzos and is safer than a number of other anti-anxiety meds. I'd see if I could get the shorter acting version and start at a lower dosage, though. That way if it gives you trouble it would be easier to stop it and it would be out of your system faster. But it's your decision. You might pop into medfree_anxiety and see if any of the strategies mentioned there (exercise and meditation are the biggies that come to my mind) help you any.
I was taking 300 mg of Wellbutrin for a while also, and noticed that it wasn't helping my anxiety at all. I would talk to your doctor about Lexapro. I take 10 mg of it every day and it has taken care of my anxiety very well. Just a suggestion :) Good luck, though. Honestly. <3
Can't take SSRIs. They make me suicidally depressed.