... improved, but last night we had a huge fight and I thought he should have been able to control his anger a little better than he did. Is this normal??
My husband has been taking zoloft for about a month now for depression and anger. Things have?
Question posted by hudsonvillage on 25 Aug 2013
Last updated on 8 May 2014 by StephO
My husband is in the er right now getting his arm sewn shut after once again punching something and badly cutting himself. Its been a never ending nightmare. Screaming fits, breaking phones, punching glass, it never ends. Hes been on every antidepressant med out there. Meds dont seem to help anger fits of rage at all. Wish I knew what to suggest for you. I feel like a good psychologist and long term therapy would have a better chance at helping people with this. I dont think theirs any magic drug that can fix it. It seems to me more like a mental disorder of some type. Please do something drastic to get him help now though. I can tell you from experience with my husband it leads to more serious anger and destructive behavior and even abuse of female partners, injury, property destroyed, and jail. It all starts with the verbal out of control anger and progresses to worse from there.
I took zoloft for about 3 months and it helped but not significantly, i did however notice that if i forget to take the medication for a day that I had several uncontrollable rage episodes for no apparent reason. I also had severe trembling hands and even had blackouts when taking zoloft.
My ex had the same problem it only works so much. He still can get mad and yell, it just makes ppl a little more calmer. These drugs don't work on everyone, may have to try another drug after 6 weeks.
Hi, Hudson! Ooh, sorry about last night! Generally it can take 4-6wks, sometimes even longer, to really *level out* on these medications. It may be that hubby needs a little more time, but it's important for his doctor to be aware of his progress (or lack thereof). Sometimes a dosage adjustment might be indicated.
The problem is that although anger problems can stem from imbalances which anti-depressants may help with, there's really no medication specifically used in anger management.
If it seems like he's getting there, but not quite, some therapy may be in order to learn management techniques. It could help you too, help you to recognize his triggers and learn better ways to respond, so that situations like last night don't escalate.
My best to you! I hope things resolve soon for you. WCV
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