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User Reviews for Sertraline to treat Borderline Personality Disorder

Also known as: Zoloft

Sertraline has an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 from a total of 27 ratings for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. 59% of those users who reviewed Sertraline reported a positive effect, while 22% reported a negative effect.

Sertraline Rating Summary

6.8/10 average rating

27 ratings from 26 user reviews.

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Reviews for Sertraline

Recoverybpd · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 10, 2021

“Changed my life”

10 / 10
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Soso · Taken for less than 1 month April 4, 2021

“I struggle with Borderline and GAD / depression since forever. I must say, this med has been a lifesaver. I started a month ago following an appointment with my psychiatrist. The pain, emptiness, and knife in the heart I always felt is finally gone. I only take 25mg. First week was kinda rough because I felt nothing, I couldn't feel sad, horny or whatever. Everything came back by week 2/3. I feel better, normal, without the pain. I'm working on myself as well, but the med helped me loose 4kg so far, regulating my overeating due to bad emotions. I feel healthy and good. Thanks to this med ! I'm 22 btw.”

10 / 10
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shammy · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 23, 2021

“I’ve been taking Sertraline (50-150mg fluctuating throughout the years) for approximately 5 years now - before I had been diagnosed with BPD. I can absolutely say it keeps me grounded and level-headed, as well as helping me with mood fluctuations. There is a very noticeable difference when I am off Sertraline. It was my 2nd SSRI tried. Negative side effects included weight gain and nausea.”

9 / 10
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Manda · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 20, 2018

“I was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder 7 years ago, along with major depressive disorder and anxiety. After 6 years on Zoloft, I can report zero depression for the past 2 years and minimal anxiety attacks. 4 weeks ago with the help of the doc I came off Zoloft. Depression still gone but my BPD is in full swing. The rage I feel is killing me, my crazy behaviour is back and it’s safe to say, I’m going back on Zoloft ASAP. It’s funny I didn’t notice how well I’d been with my BPD until I stopped my meds haha. I have to say Zoloft worked wonders for me!”

10 / 10
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MISSEEK · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 28, 2020

“Been on this sertraline for about 3 months, and it hass definitely helped with my co-morbid depression and anxiety. Day to day I'm much more stable and able to focus on other things opposed to my emotions spiralling all over the place. If theres something that I find particularly triggering however, it doesn't do much to dampen the immediate response. Also my impulsivity is still an issue but now taking shape in binge eating opposed to self harm. That said, the difference has been big and positive for me. Some of the side effects are not pleasant (lethargy, nightmares, no libido) but there are probably worse.”

8 / 10
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Tyrell · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 30, 2020

“I recommend Sertraline but only w/ a mood stabilizer like Lamictal. I was on sertraline for depression & Buspirone for anxiety and I went to a psychiatrist who said I needed a mood stabilizer. My mania, mood swings, irrationality, irritability, highs & lows, alcoholism went away or became manageable. I got off Zoloft and Buspirone. I am going back on Zoloft as the mood stabilizer didn’t fully fix my lows. I still had spontaneous crying episodes over nothing and melancholy emotions randomly. I LOVE sertraline & lamictal together!”

10 / 10
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red hair · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 4, 2019

“I have been taken sertraline for 3 years now on 200mg which has increased gradually through years, I have not had any rage outbursts at all in that time, it has numbed me to things that would have pushed me over the edge emotionally. I have tried over 10 types of medication and found this is the only and best one I've had”

10 / 10
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Jimmy0308 · Taken for less than 1 month February 7, 2020

“So my doctor told me this drug (sertraline) isn't for everyone with borderline personality disorder and boy was he right. For me a few hours after taking it I show all the symptoms of a fever, sweating, vomiting, light sensitivity, hot and cold flushes and complete disorientation. Please note that this is just what happened to me and I know that it works for others, so please like I did try it if a doctor has recommended it as it could help. I'm only posting this so that others who may get these side affects know that it is normal and that they shouldn't panic like I did haha”

1 / 10
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Tizzana · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 10, 2019

“I take 200mg of Sertraline and I have been for years now. I used to use it in combination with quetiapine but now just take on its own and it allows me to live a ‘normal’ life. Nobody would know I have/had Borderline Personality Disorder. This drug has been a lifesaver for me, combined with meta cognitive therapy and mindfulness. Only fault was the insomnia during the first week of taking them but that passed.”

9 / 10
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Booboo · Taken for 10 years or more February 23, 2021

“Hi, I've been on 200mg of sertraline for over 20 years. It really helps control my moods swings which would constantly change many times in a hour. I have tried many drugs, but this is the only one that has controlled the anger mood. I still struggle every day with chronic depression lack of motivation, to do the normal daily tasks or cooking washing, and house work. I do believe I've been misdiagnosed but after all these years it's pointless trying to get any further help.”

9 / 10
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Mel October 7, 2019

“I have been on this medication sertraline 25mg for about 2 weeks now. I feel completely "out of it". No energy, no motivation, things seem to affect me more, cannot concentrate, I avoid talking to or seeing people, and feel more depressed. I hate this medication and was put on it because of my BPD and OCD which has helped with OCD but not BPD. Feeling discouraged wondering if these side effects will pass soon.”

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Ness · Taken for 10 years or more June 6, 2018

“I was on Zoloft 50 mg for 2 years but I was in and out of hospital for help as I went off it then when back on it but my doctor put me on 100 mg as I was a ok for a while then one day my I when to pick up Zoloft from a local pharmacy and it was not Zoloft it was sertraline Generic 100mg, and wow it was really good but still have the mood swings problem so the put me on the contraceptive pill Estelle. Now as people can't tell that I have BPD as I am so good now. I have been taken sertraline for over 11 years now straight.”

10 / 10
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mavGoose · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 14, 2018

“I’ve been prescribed zoloft since September 2018 to ease my bpd/severe depression/gad. I started at 50mg and noticed my anger, emotional outbursts and suicidal thoughts become less frequent. My lows were still low and increased to 75mg after a month. I found my motivation and desire to take action increased but found implementation to be extremely difficult. my self esteem, self confidence and the codependent traits are still where they were before medication. Recently increased to 100mg a few days ago and have not been doing too well - excessive sleeping, constant headaches, nausea, vomiting, frequent bathroom visits.”

7 / 10
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TamHighett · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 29, 2016

“I first started taking this in 2012 and at first all it did was make me incredibly tired but then it also made my moods more up n down and caused me to have psychotic episodes. i abruptly stopped taking it at that point (stupid i know....i shouldve tapered off) and from doing so i had extreme psychotic episodes. Ever since taking it all those years ago, ive had numerous psychotic episodes. My dr thinks it was the sertraline that reacted badly with my brain, leaving me now prone to having psychotic eps. I tried different dosages too, starting from the smallest dosage. I would never recommend it to anyone after what i experienced with it but then again everyone is different. All i know is that Sertraline made me worse mentally.”

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rubyyyhiil May 30, 2019

“I’ve been on sertraline for the past couple of months and I found that it’s made me extremely numb in a lot of situations and I am unable to feel quite often and I don’t have a very fast reaction time. My depression symptoms are not as bad although it’s pretty bad at regulating emotions. I would suggest it for people who can remember to take it regularly but if you’re not someone who can do that then I wouldn’t suggest. it makes you very lethargic.”

6 / 10
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mm31 · Taken for 10 years or more November 3, 2017

“200 mgs daily... bpd-adhd +gad. the only affective antidepressant for me, reduces panic, depression, agitation, aggression and very few side effects in the first few weeks of treatment (personally). couldn't cope with citalopram, fluoxetine, mirtazapine.”

9 / 10
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Cordi · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 20, 2020

“Started Zoloft for Borderline Personality Disorder a year ago. Took a few months to get used to the feeling being on it. It has helped stabilize my mood greatly but I do go through periods of time where everything feels surreal or like every sensation feels very different, especially during sex. It seems to come in waves and then normalize again.”

7 / 10
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david hammy · Taken for less than 1 month January 22, 2020

“I started sertiline a week ago I just don't suffer from personality disorder also visions of things social anxiety panic attacks have severe depression; On my first three days I was terrible wanting to chuck the towel in but stayed the course and now am felling brand new; am on 50mg tablets daily will get increased next week too 100mg so am feeling positive unless the more I take them the worse it gets DON'T KNOW......”

9 / 10
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Blonde · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 15, 2020

“I have tried over 10 medications due to a misdiagnosis. I was finally diagnosed with major depressive disorder, anxiety and borderline. I have been on Zoloft for 2 months now. I feel like it is helping as my manic paranoid episodes have decreased. About a week before starting this medication I was fully convinced my employer was plotting to get me arrested by planting evidence on me... so yes the manic episodes were quite severe. I have experienced little to no side effects from Zoloft, aside from decreased/ non existing libido. I know a lot of medications made my anxiety worse, especially cipralex. Which was also BRUTAL to come off of.”

8 / 10
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No Limits · Taken for less than 1 month May 30, 2017

“Hi. I have started taking Sertraline 13 days ago. I had 25mg (half pill) and after the 10th day I got a full of 50mg I have Borderline Personality Disorder, and light depression, which becomes extremely severe when I have a break up. In the past, I had suffered from panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and obsessive thoughts. After my last break up I didn't wanna jeopardize being in a similar situation so I practically requested from my Psychiatrist to prescribe something that could ease my ups and downs. The first week was tough, cold sweats, frustration, emotional outbreaks and loss of control, along with diarrhea. The last 3 days I am feeling more stable and the outbreaks are not that intense. I'm more apathetic.”

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nickname already in use December 7, 2017

“Was only taking a very low dosage for about three months when I started having major psychotic breaks. (Fits of hysteria and laughing uncontrollably until I passed out, blacking out, losing larg(er) chunks of time, and bouts where I couldn't control my actions and became both suicidal, homicidal and physically violent.) I was taking no other medications at the time. These breaks still happen once and a while even still one year off of it. Do not recommend EVER.”

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Poppy December 5, 2020

“I had one 50mg of the generic brand sertraline from Milpharm, ( had Zoloft in past with little side effects). I started and took just one dose and within a couple hours I was really nauseous, jaw clenching, heart racing and thumping, couldn’t keep still, pupils dilated, insomnia, crazy thoughts ( not suicidal but just random looping vivid images in my head). It was horrendous. My skin felt like it was burning/prickling. That feeling lasted 24 hours, I took some Zopiclone the night after and I’ve woke up feeling better. Doctor and Psychiatrist both said to stop immediately. I have read that some docs/psychs tell patients to ride these side effects out for the 2 weeks. I’m glad they told me to stop. I did wonder whether it was because the brand was different because the last time taking the Zoloft brand it was nothing like that and actually the medication worked as I was told and had a positive experience on it.”

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Em · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 11, 2020

“I’m 19 & Currently on 200mg a day. I feel very up and down with this medication. One day I’m fine, next day I feel like the world is ending. At first it helped, but now I’m not so sure.”

5 / 10
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meh November 27, 2019

“It helped me for a year, then it just didn't work for me. I use sertraline to keep me stable. My ups and downs have gotten more severe, my doctor prescribed me 150mg/day but it doesn't help me at all.”

4 / 10
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Gypsy515 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 4, 2017

“I have to be honest, it has done nothing for me.”

3 / 10
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ozy · Taken for less than 1 month December 29, 2018

“had 1 sertraline at 6pm and then had 1 cig the following morning at 5am..nearly passed out..not touching this med ever again”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 17, 2017

“Sertraline is very effective in reducing the duration and severity of suicidal ideation and acting on it. Side effects are minimal.”

9 / 10
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B0rdermans · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 1, 2019

“Been on 200mg for a few months now. Appetite loss Jaw trembling/shiver?”

8 / 10
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