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I've been dealing with some ongoing depression that I would call mild. It's been going on probably 2-3 years on and off, but a lot of the time it doesn't really impair my ability to live and function. The symptoms I experience quite often during my depressive episodes include fatigue, lack of motivation, unwilling to socialize much, isolating myself for days, sleeping much less, and eating a lot more food than I usually do. I've also been taking maybe 1 or 2 showers a week at times and my family members have said I look "run-down." My psychiatrist was not keen on letting me try Wellbutrin as I already take Focalin for ADHD with Sertraline 125 mg.

I'm playing video games a lot and sometimes writing poetry. I've not socialized in-person with any friends in 6 years. Feelings of sadness at night and during times I'm not busy are very common with me, so much so that I dread nighttimes because I know the depression will certainly follow. I'm irritable, hypomanic, tired, anhedonic.

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replied January 2nd, 2019
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Welcome to e health forum.

First the management of your symptoms or issues need to be done with proper counselling and mind control.

Having a reactive approach to life and thinking that you have to find the only perfect drug to help you feel whole is incorrect. Since antidepressents work by modulating the hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain, you will always end up having some form of side effect, which you may not desire.

The best way would be to seek proper counseling (psychotherapy), practice meditation that can help you to control your mental urge to respond physically for every thought of yours. This may help in managing your anxiety issues including your panic disorder.

Medications also should not be frequently changed within a short time, as it will be counterproductive.
Hence it would be recommended to consult your doctor or a psychiatrist who can provide a proper medical opinion.

I hope this clears your doubts.

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