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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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