As far as I can remember, I had been a... non-excitable person. I don't get excited much. And I'm constantly bored. And restless. Based on my background, this can be due to decreased level of dopamine where reward based circuit is dysfunctional. Or do you guys think this is simply just another symptom of depression?
I think the two go hand in hand. Pristiq will not address the reuptake of dopamine. I recommend an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin which targets dopamine and norepinephrine.
I tend to agree with laurie's opinion. A bit of either might be the order of the day.
Laurie is right, pristiq will do jack-squat to dopamine.
This may just be your personality, a laid back and "bored" feeling, yet that sounds like an unpleasant way to exist. It does sound like a bit of a funk, or depression to this girl, but I'm quite animated and enthusiastic.
You certainly have done your homework regarding brain chemistry, quite keen of you, really.
IF you've been diagnosed with clinical depression, the suggested medication by Laurie, is a good one. She knows of what she speaks.
Best of wishes to you, and do let us know how you are going?
Hi, i agree that this is a symptom of Depression. But it could also be ADHD. I know it might sound strange as you are not bouncing off the walls, but i have been diagnosed as having ADHD, and some of the symptoms are restlessness, boredom, difficult to focus your attention on just one thing, etc... I am not a hyper person, but am constantly tapping my feet and i have to be doing something with my hands. Just a thought?
You just might not be getting enough intellectual stimulation. In K-12 I was accused of depression, but was actually bored out of my mind. Lucky for me I did some sports, but classwork was a dead zone. A friend even commented on my dislike of mathematics in my yearbook. I love math, we just were not doing anything interesting.
As I suspect you are not physically active your boredom my look like depression (you may also be depressed). I suggest you revisit you psychiatrist for a different set of meds and find a way to get either some intellectual stimulation that is not in your normal field of study or get some exercise.
Hi chocokat. Thought you should know that lack of excitement is part of depression but is easily fixed if you are willing. A good therapist using current behavior modification will be able to pull those emotions out where they belong. They have been squashed down for a long time and with the right indirection the joy can be found. Changing behavior raises the neurotransmitters in the brain along with a medication. That is because we form new pathways to respond and these new connections are healthy. By reinforcing the new ones and letting go of the old, we improve our responses and our life.
I frequently tell people to stay away from scary, tension building movies and TV, etc., because one reinforces the wrong pathways of fear instead of the endorphin producing pathways of joy. Too much fear and anxiety makes us use the route of fear and anxiety because we know it so well. Instead we work on the pathway of joy and do much better. Simple test for you and it might seem very odd. Go stand in front of a mirror and smile. Yep, smile at yourself. A calm mind will feel the face smile,and you will be pleased with your image. An anxious mind will find this hard to do. It was shown over forty years ago by psychologists that moving the muscles into a smile will,actually make one happier. We are wired that way.
Wishing you increased happiness and the desire for some fun, karen
All good answers above, but also wanted to add that people with high IQ's have a tendancy to also suffer from boredom. I have 3 sons who experienced this while going to school. Since you have done so well scholastically, I wonder if this could be part of your problem too. They never suffered too much from depression, but plain boredom while in shcool because whatever they were being taught, they could pick up on it so much faster than the others, & soon became bored with what was going on til the others got caught up. They are still this way somewhat today. People with high IQ's seem to have trouble concentrating on small things or things that don't really interest them because their brains are wired to learn more & more. I'm not saying this is all your problem, but it could be part of it. If you don't 'feel' depressed, but just bored, it could factor in how you feel. Just my thoughts...
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