To help provide useful advice for people dealing with mental health problems in the effective altruism community I've written up my experience trying Wellbutrin / Bupropion to treat mild depression. It starts:
This isn't professional medical advice, it's just my experience and amateur knowledge. I'm an economist not a doctor.
- I wasn't sure whether I should try antidepressants because I was only mildly depressed, but I gave Bupropion XL a go.
- It was easy to get, cheap, and I think it enhanced my life a lot.
- Studies suggest this is a pretty common experience, and Bupropion is likely the best antidepressant for some groups of people to try first.
- So if you're ever depressed and live in or can visit the USA, or another country that prescribes it, maybe you should consider taking it too.
- Note that you should be willing to stop taking it quickly if the experiment indicates it's not helping you, or is causing worrying side effects.
- I note some kinds of people for whom it's probably not the best antidepressant to try first, and link to further research on the topic.
My experience in more detail
A lot of people suffer from depression or low mood and take antidepressants, or wonder whether they should take anti-depressants...