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JR85

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  1. Antidepressants are known to decrease libido, but is this true for people who have already lost their libido due to depression? Can antidepressants like SSRIs and SNRIs actually increase libido in people who lost their libido due to depression?
  2. On paper wellbutrin seems like the best choice for me since I have no libido and I lack energy and motivation. I'm praying that it works. Something definitely isn't right and I'm praying that it's all in my head and that wellbutrin makes me feel better.
  3. I decided to bite the bullet and address my depression by going on wellbutrin. I tried a bunch of other antidepressants and they all gave me side effects. I tolerated Effexor the best, but it gave me severe dry mouth and I had mild sexual side effects. Wellbutrin gives me insomnia, but I'm taking a low dose of Seroquel to combat the insomnia. Wellbutrin just seems like it's too good to be true. No real side effects and it's supposed to work as good as the other antidepressants. Is it really as effective as the other antidepressants? If it is, why are ssris more commonly prescribed than wellbutrin?
  4. Yep I feel hopeless, but not sad. I've accepted that things are the way they are and that there's not much I could do about it to change it. You said it best when you wrote "However one of the reasons I stopped crying was a side effect of hopelessness, the realization that no matter how much I cry it wont fix anything, it's pointless." That's pretty much how I feel. Feeling sad isn't going to solve anything and I just have to accept things for the way they are. I guess this acceptance has made me more numb and hopeless than sad.
  5. It seems to me like I have all of the symptoms of depression, but I wouldn't actually call myself sad. Numb is a much better way to describe how I feel. Would you consider this depression? These are the symptoms of depression that I have. -Feelings of hopelessness -Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex -Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment -Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions -Fatigue and decreased energy -Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping These are the symptoms of depression that I don't have. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessnessIrritability, restlessnessOvereating or appetite lossPersistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelingsThoughts of suicide, suicide attemptsWould you guys consider what I have depression? I have had sad and depressing thoughts in the past, but I pretty much resolved my issues in therapy. Despite resolving my issues, I still have the symptoms of depression even though I'm not sad and I have nothing to be depressed about.
  6. Thanks for your support. I'm trying my best not to stress out over it, but I would just like to know if this is a permanent thing or a thing that could be fixed. If it is permanent, I'm going to do my best to accept it and if it's not I'm going to do my best to fix it. I am going to a counselor that specializes in GLBT issues, but I never brought up the idea of me being asexual to my counselor. I just told him that I have low libido and he seems to think that depression is causing that. The thing that confuses me is that I do consider myself depressed, but my depression isn't severe at all. I'm still able to function, go to work, and hang out with friends. I haven't even had a breakdown since early Jan. Maybe my depression is more severe than I think it is and that it doesn't seem that bad because I'm an optimistic person by nature.
  7. I came out as gay about two years ago, but now I'm starting to think I'm asexual. Since coming out I really haven't had any partners and I think that's because I really don't find anyone attractive. I used to have strong attractions to the same sex during adolescence, but as an adult not so much and I was freaked out by the thought of being asexual. I used to think it was a libido issue caused by low testosterone, and while I did notice changes from being treated for low t, I still can't say I have an urge for sex or intimacy. I never really heard of anyone becoming asexual so I started thinking that my depression might be reducing my sex drive. The thing is my sex drive wasn't that good even before I was depressed. It hasn't been good since adolescence. Coming out as asexual is also going to be a challenge since I already came out as gay.
  8. I've been trying to figure out the root of my depression and I think I might have figured it out. Ever since I was a child I've been called gay, feminine, girly, and a faggot. Because I was told this on a daily basis, I think subconsciously started thinking that I was less of a man. Since coming out, I've been obsessed with trying to build my body and obsessed with becoming the ultimate man. I was even considering taking testosterone (anabolic steroids) because of my insecurities. Exactly one year ago I tore my caroid artery which ended up causing a stroke. They said that my stroke was probably caused my excessive working out combined with my tendency to crack my neck. The doctors told me that I probably wouldn't be able to work out again and I was hemipelegic on top of that which caused be to go into a deep depression. It's been one year since my stroke and I am able to work out again. I also recovered 100% physically and about 70% mentally. Anti-depressants are what helped me come out of my depression the most, but I notice that I'm slowly slipping into my depression again. Did any of you have similar experiences?
  9. Your best bet is clomid if you have low libido. I have no idea why doctors don't prescribe it more often because it has no side effects and it actually works. My case is probably a little different than yours though because I had low sex drive even before I started taking the medication due to having low testosterone. Clomid won't do anything for your ejaculation issues though.
  10. I'm currently on 150 and I'm starting to notice a difference. It's not working for you guys because 75 isn't really a therapeutic dose. Ask your doctor to adjust the dose if you aren't having any side effects.
  11. You said that you pathologically lie about it, so it obviously is somewhat of an issue for you. A lot of people are depressed about their sexuality so him asking you questions about it is understandable.
  12. I was unable to ejaculate when I was on cymbalta. I switched to effexor and now it's taking me longer to ejaculate than it normally would, but I am able to ejaculate without a problem. I think the sexual side effects wore off in about 2 days for me. I really wouldn't worry about it if I were you since you've only been on it for 4 days.
  13. What would happen if you switched from Effexor to another SNRI like Cymbalta or Pristiq? If effexor worked for you it would make sense to try something similar to it.
  14. I've been on it for a little less than a month and I'm starting to notice a difference now.
  15. My depression has actually been good for me because it's forcing me to tackle my issues. Before my depression, I was able to get by by ignoring my issues and ignoring your issues is never a good thing.
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