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It just makes you socialize more without thinking. Like you don't worry as much about what to say, you just say it. And you seek out social experiences more. And you enjoy yourself more. It's kind of a subtle effect but still noticable. Has anyone heard of Wellbutrin helping social anxiety, or am I an unusual case? Maybe it has something to do with it hitting dopamine receptors? I dunno...

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It just makes you socialize more without thinking. Like you don't worry as much about what to say, you just say it. And you seek out social experiences more. And you enjoy yourself more. It's kind of a subtle effect but still noticable. Has anyone heard of Wellbutrin helping social anxiety, or am I an unusual case? Maybe it has something to do with it hitting dopamine receptors? I dunno...

It's not surprising, really. Anxiety is a common symptom of depression, so I would think that a working AD would help a lot - at least remove the depression-related component.

Aside from that, because Wellbutrin is a dopaminergic medication, some groups consider it a potentially useful adjunct for social phobia (socialfear.com .)

The catch is that most noradrenergic meds, including Wellbutrin, can easily cause many of the physical symptoms of anxiety. That's one of those YMMV things.

Also, it's close enough in action to the stimulants that it could also be expected to increase confidence and sociability.

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i've found the same thing since taking WB - dunno if it's common or not but it helps here (seriously less benzos). glad it has helped you too.

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my thoughts are exactly echoing AM's, that there are probably a couple of factors in why WB is helping you. it is probably lifting your depression, which we all know is linked with anxiety and what researchers are now believing actually could be a component of depression in and of itself. meaning, that anxiety is perhaps thought to be a natural part of depression.

another aspect, which he did bring up, is that it is an activating drug for most people, and that would likely increase sociability.

your case is unusual, because anxiety is a very common side effect of WB. i've never heard of it calming anyone, so yeah, while it makes sense, it seems to be uncommon.

for me it is neither calming nor activating. it prevents depression and that's about it. at doses over 300mg, then i see anxiety and insomnia.

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I don't think it is "calming" as much as it propels me forward into more social behavior, if that makes sense. If I didn't have an SSRI on board as well I might experience anxiety from taking it. Nonetheless I am considering taking WB solo in the near future. It's weird though--"normal" amounts of caffeine (like one cup of coffee) can make me pretty anxious but Wellbutrin doesn't do anything. No insomnia, nothing, and I've taken it at 300mg.

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