... Sertraline 25mg I have been going back and forth about taking it, I don't want to become dependent on a "happy" drug for the rest of my life. So I have a few questions for people that may have taken this medication (1) does it work (2) what was the most disliked side effects (3) would I be better off seeing a psychologist (4) is there any "natural" way to get through this??? Someone please help me
Anxiety and Stress - I recently been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. the doctor prescribed me
- 11 Dec 2014 by lmwatki
- 11 Sep 2015
- depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, sertraline, anxiety and stress, doctor, prescription, diagnosis
Sertraline is a great antidepressant for depression and anxiety. You have been prescribed a low dose so the side effects will be minimal. You may experience some mild headache, diarrhea, and nausea in the beginning, but these will subside if you give it time. You may not experience these as well. Depending on the source and longevity of your anxiety and depression seeing a psychologist is always an option. If you have been dealing with these symptoms for a long time, many months or years, then a medication is going to be helpful to get you back on track. If your depression is more situational than therapy would be a good idea. There are natural remedies for depression and anxiety such as St. John's Wort and Valerian root though it takes much longer for these to work and they are not FDA regulated. Please recognize it will take upwards of a month for this medication to work and you may have to have a dosage increase before you get remarkable relief. It is a trial and error ordeal, but well worth the effort in the end.
Sounds like you need a little bit of education. It is not a "happy pill". It is not something that is for a defect in you. When we need these things its because our brains aren't releasing the correct amount of chemicals. Its a medical condition and no different then if you were diabetic and needed insulin.
I have just been put on this drug as well. Tried Wellbutrin, but anxiety went through the roof. Also, tried Nortriptylene, then Prozac-all too much anxiety. I was trying to see if I really needed this drug for anxiety of if the Wellbutrin caused it all. I see diarrhea has been listed as a side effect. If that is true, I won't take it. The Wellbutrin essentially cured my IBS-diarrhea and I don't want it back! And yes, your body may need it. It isn't something people like to do, get on pills. But it doesn't need to be the rest of your life. And even if it is, if it makes you better, who cares? Either take a pill and be good or not and suffer. But then, I also do see a psychotherapist as well.
You sure do sound like you have the same problem with your med as I have with clonazepam. I am guessing we should just trust our own judgment as to how we feel physically and emotionally because there will always be opposition. I do not feel happy or high. I just am able to function "normally.". Thank you for asking this question--It has helped me answer mine. I hope this will help. . . It is a real dilemma!
I recently accepted my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I have been on abilify, klonopin, and remeron for years but dropped klonopin for lamictal 100mg 2 times daily. Has been the best change. My anxiety/panic has decreased tremendously. If taking a "happy" pill for the rest of your life helps you need to really consider how you were feeling at your worst as to how the medication has improved your QUALITY of life. I also have talk therapy bi-weekly with a therapist that has nothing to do with medication except if having any problems or decompensation episodes. Unfortunately after years of battling not wanting to depend on a pill or combination of pills, my worst moments of depression or anxiety is nothing in comparison to leveled out moods and being productive daily. I'm not saying things are always great, but just not worth trying to use willpower anymore.
Life is too short. God made us this way as He created a group to develope these medications. Please really think about what is best for you and it's a decision YOU can live with. After all, it's you that's searching desperately for that SWITCH to flip on/off.
IMWATKI i sure wish these medication worked the way you think they do i would do anything to have more happy in me..its a battle and lots of times the anxiety overlaps depression these are much better than the old meds mom or grandma took they are learning more and more because this is so common and this could work or maybe not... sometimes it takes several try to get one that helps you..you still have control over yourself..just pray you can get something to work well for you... the sooner you try the better results good luck Chuck1957
- Sertraline Information for Consumers
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