I have had depression and severe OCD for a good portion of my life and I recently decided that it may not be so bad to try medication. My doctor perscribed Zoloft. I remember when my older sister was in university, she was suffering from incredible anxity so her doctor put her on Zoloft and she became... well she says she was "living in the moment", but I felt she had become selfish and rather self serving. As long as she was happy nothing else mattered. She started to skip classes, drink and smoke, and every thought that entered her mind tumbled out of her mouth no matter how offensive or insensitive it was. Actually, something she said to me while on the drug was one of the things that led to my depression. My question is if this is a common occurance for people on the drug.
I would say no. While the medicine may alleviate anxiety and make a person more comfortable in certain situations, it does not make you behave in certain ways. I suspect that her tendency was toward this type behavior and the med just made it flow easier. When you add alcohol to the mix, it becomes even more likely.
So I would say no, Zoloft doesn't make you careless, it might make it easier to be careless but the choice is still yours.
Hello Haste-of-Olivia. I was on zoloft for several years and had few side effects. Nothing similiar to what your sister felt. Going back through some old notes, you are correct. Zoloft can produce a condition know as hypomania. Unlike the depression, it does the opposite to the person, lots of enery, also behaviour that might not be considered normal, more as your sister went through, not caring... reckless might be the word. But to answer your question, is it common, no, is it normal as far as a side effect, yes. Best wishes to you, if you do decide to try zoloft, give it a fair shake, many positive results have been reached through this drug.
I understand your concern after how you saw your sister react to the med,but not everyone is the same,therefore every med effects people differently.
I do know that if you worry or have exsessive worrying thoughts that while on an anti d,they can help ease the thoughts and not let you dwell on them as much as if you were not on meds. I am a dreadful thinker,i dwel on all thoughts and worry about things most people would just shrug off,but since been on medication i find i am not as bad as i was before,i still worry and think but i dont let certain things get to me like i used to!
As Laurie said,drinlking while on anti d's or anxiety meds will not work and would make people act differently,also side effects from the meds are there,but they usually pass after a few weeks of taking the med.
What i'm trying to say is just cause your sister had these behaviours while on zoloft,does NOT mean you will react the same! Give it a shot,if you feel yourself changing in any way bad,then go back to your doc and he/she will try you with something else! Dont let your sisters actions stop you from getting help if you need it!
Take care with whatever you decide!
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