I have pretty awful anxiety accompanied with depression and just started on Zoloft about a week ago. I go from being blank, completely blank to hyper, to depressed, to anxious, with a few moments of chill in there and some suicidal ideation. My moods are not much different than they were before I started taking the medication, the only difference is that I'm not crying all the damn time. I just don't know what's normal for this medication. Can you please help me?
Contact your Dr. asap and explain what is going on.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Hi, Syli! My friend, masso, gave you a very good comment. While it's true that you were already experiencing anxiety and depression, antidepressants can sometimes make you feel even worse before you start feeling better. They can even provoke mood swings and hypermanic symptoms.
Let your doctor know what's going on right away... a simple dosage adjustment may be all you need or something to control the anxiety until the Zoloft really kicks in which can take several weeks.
Best regards and I hope you are feeling better quickly. Wildcat
Hi Syli123; hope things are better for you. Many many years ago a psychiatrist prescribed Zoloft for me; can't even remember for what reason and it drove me crazy; it felt like my mind was unravelling like a movie reel literally. I felt so strange so I stopped the medication and this all disappeared thank God. I'm not big on medications as they've never helped me, but only caused me physical sickness for the most part so as I aged and grew wiser to my mind and body if a medication doesn't help me right away, I stop it right away and I don't believe in giving it time as this usually doesn't change anything... Benzodiazepines such as klonopin at low dose when needed do work well for anxiety. Please call your therapist or doctor though about what you feel and work on the why you feel or think the way you do and perhaps new interests or diversions such as exercise, going out more, not dwelling on misery as we all often do.
learn to change the way you feel and you can learn to change what you think and what you feel with practice and changing your environment or your outlook on things. Anxiety is not pleasant, but try and find out why you feel anxious and then try different things and see if it helps at all because sometimes medications just aren't the answer to our problems... I think the world we live in makes us think we're all very sick people with physical and psychological problems that require medications when in reality it's not... we're not sick, we're all just looking to be happy and sometimes in life we're not happy but that doesn't mean we need medications... life is about many moods, happiness, sadness, anxiousness, depression, etc and we need to learn to deal with these different feelings of our mind or to change the way we think so that we feel more good emotions..not easy but can be done with practice and time and talk to doctor about this too... Good luck; wish you all the best...
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