If you have depression you know it. Life is miserable. It's not just not being as happy as you'd like to be, it's being in a pit of despair. We have a tendency in today's society to medicalize everything, and then sell a drug to you for everything. These drugs might in fact make you feel better until they don't anymore or you have to stop taking them, which can be really hard. Alcohol makes you feel better until it doesn't. Cocaine makes you feel great until it doesn't. So the fact that playing with your brain neurotransmitters, something that Chantix does as well, makes you feel better than you did doesn't mean you were depressed, it means you felt a bit better because nicotine causes an increase in dopamine release and Chantix mimics this effect as it blocks nicotine from attaching to nicotine receptors. Wellbutrin, when your body absorbs it and it works for you -- these drugs are very individual and people get very different outcomes from them -- does the same thing in a different way and in a more direct and powerful way. It also targets norepinephrine, which is like adrenaline, so it can very stimulating, which doesn't suit everyone. If you're an anxiety sufferer it can make it worse because of this. Now, here's the big question -- how did you get the wellbutrin? If you've never gotten diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist with depression, how did you get someone to prescribe it if you'd already quit smoking with the Chantix, a much milder drug on your brain than Wellbutrin? By the way, you can always tell that a drug is affecting brain neurotransmitters when you see those warnings they give out, as you do with Chantix, and they warn that they can cause suicidal and violent thoughts and the like. This warning is a dead giveaway that the drug is affecting similar things that antidepressants and anti anxiety drugs and anti psychotics are playing around with. In effect, Chantix, and nicotine, are antidepressants, but generally with milder action than drugs called antidepressants. If your depression is so mild you don't even know if you have it, you should be in talk therapy with a psychologist to learn how to think in a more satisfying way, not playing around with drugs that alter how your brain works naturally.
There are side effects to every medicine. What helps the first time can have a reverse effect the next time. I have used Wellbutrin for smoking cessation under the advise of a doctor along with other medicines for my anxiety etc And It did help. But after a while I thought that I could take the medicine again for the same purpose. But I felt suicidal and that is when I did some research on internet that confirmed the side effects. So be careful and do not take medicines on your own.
I don't smoke so I'm not prescribed Chantix,. IDK in your case. I might be cautious since I read the drug can cause or worsen depression possibly severely. I was Rxd generic Wellburtin and I became allergic to it Hives med term uticaria. Of course everybody is different . I am glad you're depression is much diminished,