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Hi @paisley

I have taken Welbutrin for many years. In my case it was prescribed for a combination of depression and ADD.

My experience has been that it helps significantly with the depression and somewhat with the ADHD.

The psych you spoke to is correct that it is often a first choice and it is a good first choice. Bupropion (Welbutrin) is an “atypical antidepressant”. Unlike other antidepressants it works by increasing Dopamine and Norepinephrine. Which is exactly what you need for your ADHD. It is also good because it is not addictive and has fewer side affects than many of the ADHD meds.

My recommendation would be to give it a try and see if it helps. If it works, great, you don’t need anything else. If it doesn’t then you can look into getting something different.

I am a little concerned that the psych did not assess you properly before prescribing it. That is very unusual. If it is possible you might want to try getting a proper assessment done by someone who specializes in adult ADHD.  Most psychs don’t want to assess adults for ADHD and are not well informed. And they lean towards a diagnosis of depression, especially in women.

If you have any more questions just ask. There are lots of people here who will be able to answer you. And let us know what you decide and how it goes. 🙂