My positive experience taking the antidepressant Wellbutrin /​ Bupropion, & why maybe you should try it too

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, maybe you should con­sider tak­ing it too.

  • 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...

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