Overthinking over analyzing everything and constantly worrying and thinking negatively. I have very irrational thoughts that I know deep down are not true but still can't help but.think and still cant help but.need to talk to.whoever the person is.im having anxiety about. Which.usually.just frustrates that person and I shouldn't of said it out loud in the first place but.I didnt think before.I spoke. Just at a point where I don't know what to do.anymore and feel im always going to be this way... it really keeps me from enjoying my life to the fullest and I hate that I just want to get out of my head. Any thoughts advice on anything I could do would be appreciated. Thanks :)
3 Dec 2012
Hello Overthinker. Welcome to the site. A few questions first so you can get better information. First, how long have you been taking and what dose of Zoloft? Have you been on any other antidepressants in the past and how did that go?
Negative thoughts and over thinking are very common with depression. Depression is part sadness and part anxiety. Medication helps with this but does take time and when one med does not work another may be tried that works better. Combined with therapy, new ways to think and handle the worrying are learned and the anxiety and depression will be easier to manage. Some people get total relief with this combination. Others keep trying.
Yes there are tests that can be done. Simple blood test. However, this information is best used by a psychiatrist. This physician has the training to interpret results along with medications you take and your symptoms. Do you have a psychiatrist to work with who handles your medication?
Your final question is will you always be this way. Because there is no magic pill you do have to work at it. Depression medications (SSRIs) can do some wonderful changes. From what you have said, I don't know if this has been happening for years or more recent.
Many people get better. You will find support on this site to talk about your experience. Some do very well on their meds and some don't. Therefore there is no easy answer. I do know, from my own experience with depression, that I have had good results by taking a medication that works for me and sorting through my ways of solving problems into something far better. In other words, I have learned what makes me unhappy and found ways to become happier. I don't consider depression a failure or something to be ashamed about. I have found how to let go of things rather than spend nights not sleeping well by rehearsing something in my mind that can't be changed. Things like that.
Would be happy to hear more from you if you wish. Others will also have their say. There is a lot of support here. You will and can be better. Karen
3 Dec 2012
Yes, there is a way to determine serotnin imbalance, but it involves a brain scan which can be very costly. Usually determined by symptoms rather than testing and treated through medication and therapy. The medication can only do so much to help us though. Therapy is critical to retrain the mind to think differently, less negatively, less impulsively and less ruminating. One has to retrain that little voice in our heads that is constantly talking to us. It is hard work, takes practice, but is well worth the effort. A good therapist is crucial to this process. Freedom can be had with effort, practice and the help of the right medication.
27 Dec 2015
I have seen patients in my practice who continue to have the symptoms you describe persist. If you are not seeing a therapist in addition to a family or primary care physician I strongly suggest you look into it. Your primary care may be able to recommend one or an agency with sliding scale payments or who accepts your insurance. This combination of healthcare providers is best able to recommend medications that in combination are most effective for your specific symptoms, which may be physical as well as psychological. Many people find a combination of SRIs, tricyclic, anxiety and other types of medication (believe it or not even vitamins) brings the best result of symptom relief. No specific single medication will likely be a cure for all. Mental and physical medication act differently in everyone. With these two professionals prescribing and monitoring your health you will most likely get a broader symptom relief.
Be sure you discuss any side effects as well as your changes in symptoms which will allow prescriptions to be adjusted, added or dropped as necessary until your symptom control allows you to be without too much discomfort to not only enjoy day to day activities but also make progress in talk or cognitive behavior therapy of some type to begin working on your coping mechanisms that will improve your life and many times you can stop some or even all medications. But even when medication is lifelong, the right medication and therapy can get you to a comfortable and productive life you look forward to.
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