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Got the base for this icon from basicbases, which has been extremely useful for helping me fill up some icon space. I've got 38 now. But I've got room for 100. I wish I had more time to sit in front of Photoshop.

Just so this isn't a GIP

Enjoying cooking again. Less bothered by little daily annoyances. Higher energy. Improved "friskiness" (ahem).

Unlike the SSRIs I've taken in the past, Wellbutrin doesn't seem to make me want to sit still and avoid physical activity. That was always an issue with Prozac and Zoloft. I would feel emotional much better, but even as I felt more motivated to handle mental tasks, I felt my desire to get up and move sort of melt away.

Perhaps Wellbutrin acts more directly on neurochemistry than SSRIs do? The last I read (and admittedly, it was a pretty out-of-date article) nobody was really sure how it worked. But it certainly feels just a little speedy. And it feels as if it has kind of announced its presence with a fairly sudden and marked effect on me, in contrast to how SSRIs always creep up slowly, making tiny and subtle changes.

At any rate, I feel good today.


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Sep. 16th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hmm, an antidepressant that improves friskiness? Do tell.
Sep. 16th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
My antidepessants need some serious tweaking.
I have NO friskiness and I have lots of dark thoughts about my self and my situation.

Glad to hear that SOMEONE has a good mix.
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
So sorry, hon. Talked to your head doc lately? I know you know this, but it bears repeating, because we can forget from one time to the next; it's worth the hassle and inconvenience to go get the meds tweaked! *hug*
Sep. 16th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
Too sunk in to call head doc.
Too sunk in to schedule sonogram to find out why I have this persistent pain in my abdomen once a month.
Too sunk in to do anything but the bare necessity which is care for child.

All my spoons go to caring for child. No spoons left for anything else.

It is a minor miracle I got a plumber in today to pull out the 3"x5" glob of hairy goo that was so far down the drain I could not reach it with a normal drain-snake. Plumber gave me a $20 discount because we are regular customers. I nearly cried with gratitude.

I guess I need to put calling Dr. Pain on my MustDo list.
Sep. 16th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
i had that experience w/ lexapro. especially the first couple weeks, and then again when i increased my dose, but even after that. you know that elaine boozler routine where she's talking about women being at their sexual peak, and making a crack about needing to stand over newspapers so as not to puddle on the carpet? yeah.
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
*grin* Having been unmedicated for nearly a year, I was doing a little better than average anyway, but now... hooboy!
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yup. Wellbutrin's reputed to be a bit of an aphrodisiac, quite unlike most others. So far, it does seem that way :)
Sep. 16th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
glad wellbutrin's helping! it was too speedy for me, such that i didn't sleep, but i know of a couple of you now who've had good results. and extra hurrahs for improved enjoyment of cooking + improved friskiness. >;)

Sep. 16th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm a world champion sleeper as a general rule (you and I have always had this in common.) So far, it's mostly just making me spring out of bed in the morning, much more vigorous than usual. Not too much trouble getting to sleep at night. But I am keeping an eye out for insomnia. That'd be *so* weird for me!
Sep. 16th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hurray for feeling good!!!

My first thought this morning upon waking (other than "shit - I gotta go to work") was of Veiled Farm Girls. Wanna get together for a dinner sometime soon? I'll whip up a batch of the Girls.

...And I'm already daydreaming about apple picking and fun fall activities.
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yay, farm girls! Oh, heavens yes... let's do that soon. But let's make sure to do it in such a way that it doesn't make you stress about your sewing. Let me know what your schedule's like, and we will set a date.

Gosh, I think I'm looking more forward to fall than I have in many years. It's not making me sad this time, I don't think. I'm just all excited for it! *smooch*
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, and let's go pumpkin shopping too! I had so much fun that year we bought gay pumpkins out toward Leesburg.

...but after the show. Yes, after the show. (Can I tell ya how hard it is for me to stay disciplined and not sacrifice sewing for fun?!...I'm weak-willed, must be.)
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think after the show is a good idea :)
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yay New and Improved Friskiness [tm] with added vigor!
Sep. 16th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Word :)
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Perhaps Wellbutrin acts more directly on neurochemistry than SSRIs do?

It doesn't modulate serotonin to a significant degree. It's actual mechanism is still kind of obscure, but the current best guess is that its primary metabolites modulate norepinephirne and (to a lesser extent than originally thought) dopamine. So yeah, it works on the same general neurotransmitters as speed, albeit in a different fashion. It does also tend to kick in more quickly.
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
its primary metabolites modulate norepinephirne and (to a lesser extent than originally thought) dopamine.

Huh. So zippy and happy, I guess. Hope it lasts. Without, you know, killing my liver or making me have seizures something.
Sep. 16th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I read the pamphlet *very* carefully when I was on it and there was a little bit where they talked about drug-seeking behavior, and what the charts boiled down to was "People who like speed like this one, although they say it's not as strong as speed."

Kept me from sleeping. Of course, considering how much I've been sleeping these past few weeks, maybe I ought to go back on it...
Sep. 19th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I certainly liked teh speed back in the day. And I guess you could say that Wellbutrin feels a little like a nice, pharmy amphetamine, like Dexedrine. But I assume that'll level out after another week or two. I actually did have a little trouble getting any really restful sleep last night, for the first time. But this morning, I am still very perky. So far, so good.
Sep. 19th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it about the still perky. Back in the day, I never messed much with the stimulants... I liked the opiates so well I scared myself, instead. Had the sense never to buy any more once that first lump ran out.

I do need to calibrate my caffeine dose better.
Sep. 16th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
You know that I am a HUGE proponent of Wellbutrin. If and when I go back on meds, it will be my first choice. So glad it is working for you.

I am also happy that you are in the mood for Fall....we have SO many things to do this year. I am all kinds of excited for the first pot of your Potato/Leek soup. The pumpkin patches around here are neat - maybe we can lure you out this way? This will be the girl's first Halloween that she can actually enjoy the festivities. I am so excited!

Love you.
Sep. 19th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yay, soup! I am just dying to get out there to enjoy some fall with you. We must make plans.

Love you!
Jan. 31st, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Wellbutrin Side Effects
My name is Tricia Hurley and i would like to show you my personal experience with Wellbutrin. I am 54 years old. Have been on Wellbutrin for 1 year now. Helps with depression. No weight gain like with Zoloft or decreased libido like with Prozac. I do think Prozac worked better and the only reason I went off it was my husband complained about that libido thing. I have experienced some of these side effects - Involuntary jerks of hands and legs. Feels like when you're about to fall asleep and suddenly jerk awake, but this is in the daytime. Often feel like adrenaline is flooding my stomach. I hope this information will be useful to others, Tricia Hurley Wellbutrin Side Effects (http://www.drug3k.com/drug/Wellbutrin-10634.htm)
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