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Increased OCD symptoms--sign of lifting deprss'n?

Posted by fairnymph on August 3, 2002, at 13:55:10

I have OCD and for the past 1.5 years I have been suffering from a major depressive episode (my first ever actually). Because my depression is of the apathetic, sleep too much, eat too much, apathetic sort, it seems to cover my OCD's like I'm too low energy to obsess or be compulsive. I do have anxiety along with my depression, but it tends to manifest itself more as social anxiety.

3 weeks ago I started taking Wellbutrin, 300 mg a day. A few days ago my OCD symptoms started returning in a major way. I haven't obsessed like this in over a year. At the same time, I've also been more productive and had more energy. In some ways I feel like I am beginning to feel like my 'old self' (i.e. how I used to feel for the majority of my life as an un-depressed person).

My depression, however, does not seem to be that much better, in the sense that my mood hasn't noticeably improved. But, I am thinking that perhaps the first sign that the wellbutrin has started to work as an antidepressant is the very fact that my OCD has flared up again.

Do you think that my theory makes any sense? Or do you think that it is merely the stimulating effect of Wellbutrin that is making me a little hyperactive?

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts. Thanks!





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