Hello. This past xmas I experience some physical abuse?
- 3 Feb 2011 by peaceheart1234
- 5 February 2011
- anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, chronic
I thought that I could deal with this on my own but alas turning inward has negitive results. Chronic anxiety, thinking that I am going 'over the edge'... After seeking out medical help I have just filled a prescription for Zoloft. I am very scared to start on this path of antidepressants but I know that I need help to get my feelings under control.
My question is to anyone that has had any experience with this drug? What might I expect? I am aware that the drug will probably take a few weeks for me to start feeling any effects so how do you deal with the anxiety until then? If this the medication that is best for me, how long will I have to take it. Forever? If you come off of it after you have balanced out, will you just start having the attacks again. I also have trouble sleeping, will the Zoloft help with that also?
Thank you ever so much for any replies.
I hear your fear and understand your concerns. I have been on an antidepressant for many years because I am what is called bipolar. So my problem is a bit different then yours. That being said, if you are having feelings of depression then by all means try the Zoloft. The Zolfot may have some side effects but you won't know until you try. You can read about them by plugging it into the search on this site. Be aware that not all people experience these side effects. If you find the side effects become intolerable call your doctor and ask for assistance. There are other antidepressants to try.
I have to ask, have you tried talk therapy to deal with your anxiety and bad feelings? I recommend that you do as that will help during the interim and maybe all you will need.
You can come off the antidepressant in the future when you and your doctor decide that it is the right time. You will have to taper off of it slowly so you don't get feeling bad from it, but it is very possible. Antidepressants are not physically addicting like narcotics.
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Laurie is right. I am a firm believer in therapy AND medications. I hope you will give some thought to talking with a therapist because it will help you get to the root of your depression instead of just trying to fight it with the meds. Please keep in touch here; there are a lot of caring people heree that will be glad to talk with you if you ever need someone to talk to. Take care and best of luck with the Zoloft.
I know how you feel. Like the others I have been on anti D for over 10 years. At first I remember a calming feeling almost at once. But the rest of it took about a month. At that time my side effects were dry mouth, shaky hands (was a big one). But my anxiety did go down and for the first time in my life I could talk to people in public etc. So the side effects for me were worth the whole lesser anxiety and better able to handle problems, think more clearly, etc. You can PM me for more examples. My sister takes Zoloft for years and says it still works for her. She's never had a complaint about it. EVERYONE is DIFFERENT. I'm just telling you my personal experiences. Write me if you want, for anything. And will you have to take it forever? Absolutely not. I had a friend who just needed a boost after some post partum depression, now she is fine and off her meds. I almost forgot your last question: dealing with anxiety while you wait.
My doc knew I was in a lot of anxiety, so she gave me temporarily Xanax til the Celexa kicked in. Will your doc do that? Try and ask, can't hurt. Until then keep us posted, you'll get through this even though it doesn't feel like it now. cathleen
I just have to answer your question. My husband (3rd) is on Zoloft, but is a manic bipolar depressed person. It has helped him tremendously for these problems. Haven't had to deal with his trying to commit suicide anymore. He also sees a physciatrist (sp) every six weeks who was the prescribing doctor. A lot of family physicians will try anti depressants on people in bad situations. I personally was in an abusive marriage for 10 years, & finally got the guts & 1400 miles away to leave. I know exactly how you feel, but that doesn't necessarily mean you are depressed. You probably feel worthless, can't live or go on anymore. Whitney Houstons song back then, mid 80's;You Have To Love Yourself, gave me the courage to make the changes in my life without any drugs or anti depressents. I kept telling myself "I" was worth everything, & "I" could accomplish anything as long as I believed that.
That being said, I became practically an instant success in the buisness world, raised my kids alone, & 7 years later got married to my soul mate whom is not abusive. I'm not saying you do not need medication or counseling, but try to put yourself first in your life, & pull your self up by the boot straps sort of to say Good luck & hope to hear back from you. Sorry this was so long!
Hi, I have been on many different ant-depressants for many years and they do help. A lot of times you have to try several different ones to see which one is the best for you. Zoloft is a good one. You should try it for sure. There are so many different ones, You will eventually find which one is the one for you. Take care
I cant comment on zoloft because i have no idea anything about it but i would just like you to know that you are not on your own. I also suffer from anxiety and i understand completly where you're coming from. I too tried to go alone but unfortunatly it didnt work. I am now seeing a thearipst and physciatrist,its a long haul but try your meds see how thy work,if the zoloft is like any of the rest it'll prob take a while before you feel a change. Again i dont know much about thoses meds,Im currently taking lexapro and xanax and have been changed a number of times to dif meds but the ones im on at the mo arent doing much either.Il aad you as a friend so if you want to friend me back we talk prop about your condition.
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