I was given Wellbutrin SR by a phsi-doc around 14 years ago because I fell into a deep depression. He said it was more like a chemical imbalance. He started me off with low doses, than increased it to 150mg 2x a day. luckily 2 weeks after,I was waking up from the worst nightmare ever. in 6 weeks I was back to being me. got married and know have three children. my question is. do I still need to take these meds. I have had about three depressive episodes but managed to fight thru them without seeking help. just with Bupriopion 150mg. seems I'm doing ok. but not 100%. Thank you and good luck to all of you going thru this HELL. And may GOD bless us all.
I have been on antidepressants for 35 yrs. You never start making the chemical that you were missing when you started it. Some cases of depression are situational and you can stop it, but many aren't. If it means I have to swallow a pill every day of my life, then so be it, depression isn't pleasant to deal with.
Hi, tinman! Same as kaismama, I've been on ADs since I was a teenager and anytime I tried getting off them the depression hit me like a wall. So I learned my lesson and take my meds faithfully and my life is pretty good.
Since you've had episodes on meds and still aren't 100%, I'm going to guess that you'd be best off staying on medication.
Best wishes, WCV
Hello Tinman. time for your oil can. It really depends upon whether it runs in the family and is genetic or not. If you have alcoholics or bipolar, severe depressions, as parents or grandparents, uncles or aunts, there is a high chance you inherited the genes. However, having the genes is not the same as suffering the depression.
Some depressions are situational. Illness, car accident, holidays, light sensitivity. These come and go through out life. They can be just as painful as a never ending depression and anxiety. However, they do end.
The good news is that one can develop new skills so that depression does not control life. Medication helps with lifting a mood so we can get therapy to learn those skills. If we change how we think and deal with things we may do fine for long periods. For those who are lacking the production of the serotonin or dopamine transmitters, then the medication gives you what your body does not have. It does take work with a therapist. A person can not wish it away or think the medication cures it. Medication holds you in a better mood, but the cause has not been fixed so the depression remains or continues to reappear with the slightest stress. This is a habit.
Right now in neuro-biology, we are learning how to redirect the brain and learn how to stimulate the areas that should produce these transmitters. In fact, by rehearsing these skills, we increase production and literally rewire the brain to correct the deficiency on its own.
So is it life long? It really depends what you do, what you wish to do about it and how severe any genetic component may be. Situational depression is relieved with the meds and might be used again as life changes. Genetic depression can be uplifted with medications and is currently experimented with by changing how we think about things by creating new neural pathways. Both require real therapy so we can learn the skills we need to not go back. That is where your heart lies. With love of others and expressing it everyday by small actions, you will make the heart grow and your fears lessen. open doors for others and smile. dont forget to say thank you. He-he. :-) Karen
That depends on the amount of depressions you have had. I have had 2 major ones and 2 others and I will be on my meds for life. Recurrence usually means you need the meds to keep your serotonin levels leveled.
I used to always want to get off meds to feel like I bet the depression but no longer. I had a bad one and was hospitalized for 6 months before the doctors found something that worked for me. I have cut down with my Psychiatrist but that was all I could do because going any lower I could feel the depression coming back. So for me I will stay on my meds for life. I am very fortunate to have come from such a bad major depression to a normal happy life again. I thank God for getting me through that one and making it possible for me to help others now that go through the same.
Hey there, tinman. I wonder if you need a supplement along with Wellbutrin. It all depends on how you feel as to whether you'll take an anti-depressant for life. If you feel like depression is a regular part of your life, then, yes you will have to take an antidepressant the rest of your life. I want to ask you a question before I feel comfortable about the answer I gave you. Does depression affect your relationship with anyone?
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