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Hi, I had my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this morning.  I was feeling OK previously, but got extremely depressed after getting the shot.  I barely made it out of the vaccination site without completely falling apart and sobbing (not something I want to do in front of hundreds of people.) Felt really, really terrible and on the verge of crying all day.  I had previously felt optimistic about vaccination and the return to "normal life" but now I feel worse than ever.  The vaccination site was like something out of the book "1984," people being herded around like cattle into a bunch of different lines, military personnel (National Guard) with weapons glaring at everyone.  Not sure if this sudden onset of depression could be a vaccine side effect or if it's just coincidental or because the vaccination experience was a little unpleasant and it was kind of a last straw.  It just seems really weird and sudden and intense.  I am wondering if anyone else has had depression or psychiatric side effects from the vaccine or ever heard of that.

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I have had both Pfizer vaccines and had no psych effects, but YMMV. My Pdoc likes to say that "anything can do anything." But the circumstances in which you got the vaccine seem pretty stressful, on top of the stress of the past year and any relief you may have felt. That's a lot to process. But maybe talk to your Pdoc or therapist in addition to posting here and see what they say?

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Thanks ... it was a stupid question, I guess.  But it was a really strange, uncharacteristic experience.  I didn't know what to think and just wondered if I was the only one that happened to.  (I feel fine now.) At the same time as suddenly feeling like the world was about to end, I also got very hot/flushed and nauseous, which I assumed were side effects.  But the whole thing could have also been related to the stress, the crowds, being treated badly by the site workers, etc. 

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Absolutely not a stupid question, but I doubt there’s enough public feedback yet to provide any clue as to how it might affect you mentally. 
 

I agree, I went to a mass vaccination site, very dystopian but yet oddly surreal because everyone was so happy. Psych meds have always affected me weirdly, giving me bizarre s/e’s, and the Pfizer vaccines I swear had cocaine in them. I was bouncing off the walls for about the first 24 hours for each. I’m wondering tho if it was a simple reaction to a sudden and greatly lessened anxiety... and maybe yours was a “crashing” from a horribly stressful year? 
 

No such thing as an incorrect experience. Man, we’re all just trying to survive at this point. I’m glad you feel fine now!

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I didn’t have the Pfizer Vaccine, I had AZ and 48 hrs afterwards I was a suicidal mess (tried to kill myself by hypothermia - this was in March) and now have an irrational hatred of the AZ vaccine.  So much so I am not having a second AZ dose, and we are looking at getting something else for my second dose (I am in the UK) 

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After my first dose (Pfizer), I was mainly tired (expected) but I also had an extreme drop in mood within a week. I can't 100% attribute it to the vaccine, because it was that hormonal time of month and I normally get more moody & depressed. But it was a very bad week mood-wise.

I'm a bit worried about the 2nd dose, as I've heard that you are more likely to notice side effects. A week after the 2nd, my mom had an outbreak of eczema on her arms (she's never had before), swollen glands & cold sore outbreak (possible dormant herpes virus reactivation for her)

I wonder how common it is for vaccines to reactivate dormant viruses (like Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr, mono, herpes, etc?)

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