... increase in anger. Anyone Else and what to do about it? I talked with my physican about the weight gain and she says "As long as your depression is under control a little weight shouldn't matter". Oh no! I feel like crap because I gained 40 pounds.
Depression - Taking Wellbutrin and Effexor and have gained significant weight and seen a significant
- 9 Jun 2013 by RRUSSOM
- 25 December 2013
- effexor, wellbutrin, depression, obesity, weight, anger
Added 10 Jun 2013:
Now my physician is wanting to add a mood stabilizer - oxcarbazepine 600 mg daily. I don't want to add more weight, so I'm hesitant about starting it.
Exercise is not helping because I am required by my job to qualify on running, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. I can't even run anymore because I get out of breath because of the weight. So exercising is not the problem.
Yes unfortunately with Effexor we are inclined to put on weight. I myself have put on loads. I have read on other sites where people taking Effexor have gained weight.
I don't know about the anger though. Could be a side effect. I took one of the old type anti-depressants years ago and it made me very aggressive - very scary. We all react differently to drugs, so I think you should discuss with your doctor. Taking two anti depressants is a lot to deal with.
As a psychotherapist for over 30 yrs, a nurse clinician and psychologist, I've had both professional and personal experience with much in your question. First, anger is the flip side of depression so you are still dealing with the same emotional energy. While antidepressants can be useful in the short term for the physical aspects of depression, they are not a long-term solution. Adding drugs or upping dosages just exchanges one set of probs for another, ex weight gain that interferes with exercise. Research has shown that therapy alone or therapy WITH medication both have better outcomes than meds alone. This has been known since I was a grad student. Getting to the root of the problem and then dealing with that is what is required. Therapy that is "supportive" or cognitive in focus won't do the job.
You need to do an archeological dig, poss with help of hypnosis, and ultimately focus on emotion, including the buried variety. Look for a certified Transpersonal Psychotherapist. If you are committed, you should be done with depression in a matter of 10- 12 sessions. I tend to do longer sessions and prescribe homework like reading, journaling, and meditation or yoga so my clients graduate from therapy in half that period. You can get there with the right therapist, unlikely to be a psychiatrist, as they tend to be too med oriented and often don't get the relevance of psychological development, esp with a history of growing up in a dysfunctional family. The past is powerful and needs to be addressed. Good Luck.
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