The Doctor accuses me of not taking the meds even tho they have been found in my urine assys but then again, I don't think I am depressed, just sad. Will SERTRALINE really help?
Pledge is correct. You must take the drug consistantly, everyday, for at least 4-6 weeks before you feel the full effects of the drug. Persistant sadness IS a sign of depression. Here is a list of depression symptoms:
Persistently sad, anxious, angry, irritable, or "empty" mood
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or excessive guilt
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
Social isolation, meaning the sufferer avoids interactions with family or friends
Insomnia, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and/or weight gain
Fatigue, decreased energy, being "slowed down"
Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and/or chronic pain
Sertraline is a very good medicine for depression. I know of several people who told me this medication saved their lives! If this medication doesnt work, though, dont give up hope. There are a LOT of antidepressants available. Do you know WHY there are so many? Because everyone is very different and not everybody will respond to one certain medication. In many cases, there is a bit of trial and error before the right drug or right drug combinaton is found. Try to be patient and keep lines of communication going with your Dr. Medications are just one tool in the arsenal though. Dont discount good talk therapy. Depression is a chemical inbalance but it is also behaviors that lend to depression. Talk therapy and counseling helps one to develop better coping mechanisms and teaches how to avoid getting caught in the depression "rut". If you are not taking part in counseling, then this may very well be why medication alone is not working for you.
A recent study by the AMA found that exercise works better for depression than any medication out there. There is simply no reason for doctors to give antidepressants, as they do not help depression, as they originally thought that they did. Pharmacies are making big money off of antidepressants and therefore try and hide that information from the public, but research it for yourself. Exercise and talk therapy works much better than any pill, but that doesn't earn them any money, or doctors kickbacks, now does it?
Dear ziggydied, i have tried a few anti-depressants in the long years
following my severe head injury. I feel them, and really, IMO, need them to carry
on. But, please always talk to your shrink not reg.Dr. They can help,
I promise! I have no experience with Sertraline 'tho. May your sadness
pass Soon. Respectivley, DD
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