So about 7 months ago I had a bit of a breakdown, work was very stressful, bought a house... everything just got on top of me completely. I took time off work I was on the sick for 4 months. I couldn’t eat I couldn’t get out of bed I was just so depressed and anxious all of the time, I spoke to my doctor and he started me on 50mg of sertraline (Zoloft), the first 3/4 weeks were really horrific I had awful side effects but my doctor told me to keep pushing through so I stayed on them - there was many times I thought about stopping taking them because I felt worse than before. I started to feel better around a month after taking them - less anxiety and just happier in general. About 3 weeks later I felt myself going back to being the old me, depressed, anxious, sad over everything. I spoke to my doctor again and he told me to do CBT therapy and he also upped my meds to 75mg. I started to feel much better because I finally had someone to talk to that I felt like understood me and I started to feel more like me again. Fast forward 3 weeks and I start to feel more and more crap and depressed AGAIN - it’s like every time I start to feel better a few weeks later I feel the depression and anxiety creeping back up on me. So I rang my dr and he suggested 100mg - I was feeling quite positive about this as id read a lot online about people really getting along with that dose. Started to feel much better then another couple of weeks pass and I feel crap again. I rang my doctor because I’m just exhausted emotionally and mentally, I’ve been trying to make this medication work for me for 7/8 months and it seems to work then all of a sudden I’m back where I used to be. I rang my dr to try and see what they think is best for me, he told me to download an app - I stressed to him that I’m not ok and I’m really struggling and he just told me to meditate - ive tried all these things before and they don’t seem to help me. I suggested changing meds or do I need more and he just suggested I download on app and try that - Please somebody help or give me some advice I feel like this medication isn’t working for me :( has anyone else experienced this? Any comments will greatly be appreciated.
What I believe your experiencing is the “roller coaster effect” meaning when your symptoms gets better and eventually becomes worse. If Zoloft is causing you to feel that way, then you need to try a different antidepressant. There are many options of antidepressants, so why won’t your doctor at least let you try something else? You probably need to find a new psychiatrist.
I hope you are feeling a little better, everything helps!!!
I will post a link about antidepressants from this site, at the start it is pretty basic, may we say, an introduction to depression, but as you keep on reading, it will become more specific with regards to medications.
I sincerely wish you find the right medication or combination in order to be yourself again... a winner.
- Sertraline Information for Consumers
- Sertraline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sertraline (detailed)
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