... about the past or future. Ive always had OCD but it was mostly pacing and day-dreaming, now its turned on me, I cant stop thinking of upsetting memories from the past. It all started when I got off Pristiq and trie Vyvanse for its mood boosting effects. That didnt work out because of the bipolar so I went on Cymbalta which turned me into an emotional and physical zombie. At another dead end I decided to try Zoloft since its highly rated for everything including OCD but Ive been on it 19 days and my OCD and anxiety is as bad as ever. I know I need to wait a month but this is torture not being able to control my thoughts at all. It almost seems like the ocd is getting worse. At what point will zoloft help ocd?
New to Zoloft and desperatly seeking help. I have bi-polar depression, anxiety and intusive thoughts
- 17 Jul 2017 by bellaforza
- 23 July 2017
- zoloft, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder
Added 17 Jul 2017:
Oh, I forgot to mention im uotp 150mgs.
bellaforza; I am so sorry you are having so much problems, But it doe's sound to me that you could still give your doctor a call you have made it through the worst part of the Zoloft and see if the doctor want you to continue on this dose or increase it. and just to answer about the OCD NORMALLY YOU WOULD REALLY NOTICE DIFFERENCE AFTER 6 TO 8 WEEKS FOR THE TIME YOU NEED TO GET TO THE FULL BLOOD LEVEL. chuck1957 don't give up they well get the right one yet this is more common than you think just have to be patient. best wish and hang in there.
I'm surprised your doctor agreed, SSRI's and bipolar disorder do not usually do not mix well (I take anti-serotonin medication). SSRI's have been well documented to provoke bipolar episodes in some people. I would try to find a psychiatrist, not a general practitioner, who will understand they are two different issues, treat the bipolar appropriately and use a specialist anti OCD medication.
Hi, bella! My friends have given you some excellent advice. You need a psychiatrist to treat your combination of disorders ~ or definitely a second opinion if you're already seeing one.
Antidepressants are NOT the drugs of choice for bipolar depression nor for OCD and can actually complicate and/or provoke these disorders, as Stephen has said.
I can understand how confused and frustrated you are, but you deserve a better quality of life. Just by taking positive steps to take control will help make you feel better.
Best wishes and good luck to you. Wildcat
If you're bipolar you should be looking at other classes of meds instead of typical antidepressants. I'd think something like Lamictal or Risperidone for your uneven moods then you can add something for the intrusive thoughts but you might not need it if you're balanced out. Do you see a psychiatrist?
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