I have been on Sertraline for a month, 50mg daily. I am an 18 year old female, 5'2" and 90 lbs if that is relevant. The first two weeks were okay, I honestly felt more down and would wake up like every two hours during the night, but I could live with it. However, two days ago I woke up with a weird feeling, like so so much fear. Then I started having the worst panic attack I have ever experienced. During my attack, I went paranoid thinking that I was being possessed by a demon or something. I threw up, felt weak, couldn't stand on my feet, I had trouble breathing, I had this feeling of unreality, like it was all a bad dream. I didn't eat anything that day, I just couldn't even look at the food. My aunt gave me xanax and I calmed down a little, so I was able to eat. Yesterday I woke up with the same, had an anxiety attack. I had two attacks that day. And this morning I woke up with that awful feeling again. When I am having an attack, I go paranoid and think that there is a demon or something. It is when I calm down that I think "there is no demon, it is just my brain playing tricks." But my anxiety has become unbearable. I know I can't quit the sertraline just like that, but honestly I was better off without it. I can't live my life with this anxiety/panic just kicking in out of nowhere. I just wanted to know if you have been on sertraline and have experienced the same too? I am posting this because my psychiatrist is nowhere to be found. Should I keep taking the xanax as needed? Because it really helps. And, is it normal to feel this horrible anxiety after a month of taking it? And if it is relevant at all, I did abuse alcohol on Christmas Eve and it was two days after that I experienced the first attack.
Thank you so very much in advance.