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I am currently taking 300 mg daily of Wellbutrin XL/Bupropion. I've been on it since September of last year. I haven't experienced any side-effects. I'm doing much better. To give you an idea, last August my score on the Burns Depression Checklist was about an 85 (extreme depression), it started coming down in September/October, and for the past several months it has been mostly in the single digits or low teens.
I don't know how much of it is the medication and how much is other things (therapy/support/self-help/exercise), but it hasn't hurt for sure. I was also on Wellbutrin several years ago and was doing better, went off and got worse, and took several years to seek treatment again. The effects are unnoticeable to me in the short term - if I didn't take it for a few days I wouldn't feel any different, I don't feel like I'm a different person if that makes sense. But in the long term it seems to help my mood.
I've tried some other medications too. I can't remember what they were but they did not work for me. I think there is something to be said for not giving up if the first attempts to medicate aren't successful.
The second med I tried was Citalopram. I found that worked really well, especially in the summer. As it is only an SSRI it didn't help much with my sleep so had to change to Amytriptaline(not advised - but..)
Yeah, different meds work for different people. I hope you can find the right one for you!
I'm currently on Cymbalta, and quite honestly, even though I resisted going back on antidepressants for a long time, now that I've been forced back onto them, I realize just how much I currently need them. They literally probably saved my life. Meds can be really helpful when needed, and need not necessarily be permanent. I think it's really important to also be in therapy so that you can create long-lasting change in your life. A good diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and all that jazz is also crucial. Best of luck to you. I hope you find an antidepressant that works well for you.