03-01-2010, 12:47 PM
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Join Date: May 2012
Good for depression, nothing for SA
(Copied over from old review system)
Posted by Mr. Orange
Social Anxiety Background
I have recently found out that my grandfather was depressed partially due to unsatisfactory social skills, so I am guessing that he had SA. My brother and one of my sisters are pretty shy as well, so I think it might be genetic.
Personally, I have always been very shy, and in High School I had quite a few good friends, but when I was in a class without them, I never raised my hand, never did the group work, and swea/turned red a lot. I didn't really make the connection to any real problem until I went to college, and could barely talk to anyone, and avoided most people. I then realized I had SA. Full blown depression did not come until my sophomore year, when I tried to come out of my shell but realized how debilitating this problem really was. I then dropped out of my last semester of college last year, because of depression more than anything else. Now I am just trying to get back on the ground, and put my best foot forward.
Clonazepam (1mg/day for 30 days; no longer take it)
I started taking Wellbutrin almost 2 months ago. I started off on a dose of 150mg, and then upped it to 300mg after a week. Before I had taken it, I was slipping into an even deeper depression than I had been for a while. After about 4 weeks or so, I began to notice that my mood was elevated quite a bit, and I was not hitting the same lows that I was hitting before. I began to feel a lot more enjoyment out of life. And though I am still depressed quite a bit, it is far more infrequent, and I don't plunge into the deepest depths like I used to.
As for SA, I went into this treatment realizing that it would do nothing to help me there. But depression is a bigger concern to me than SA, and I didn't want to try an SSRI again, so I went on Wellbutrin. As expected, it did not help my SA, but I feel like the benefits make the drug worth it.
As for side effects, the most noticable one has been insomnia. Some nights I will be exhausted, but still not able to fall asleep because of it. It can be pretty bad, but it is really the only issue I have run across.