SRS Put on Zoloft *Kinda Scared*

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  1. Kyoushu

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    I just started 1 25mg pill a day for the first 7 days then I'm moving up to 50mg. Im taking it for moderate depression and social anxiety. I think my depression is mostly caused from my social anxiety and having a hard time getting out and doing what I know I should be doing and what I want to be doing. Though I'm kinda scared about stories I've read. People losing all emotions and basically becoming a living zombie. The lowering of sexual desire also won't be a good thing. I'm just not sure I feel good about being on it. I've tried ALONG time to get over this myself but alot of the times it's almost impossible for me to put myself into social situations without feeling too overwhelmed to where I panic. But anyway anyone have some good experiences with Zoloft?
     
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    Good experiences? Yes, most people have good experiences with Zoloft... only they're not on the internet posting about it like the anti-drug horror story people are, because they are out living happy lives :) Honestly, I've never taken Zoloft, but I've taken just about every other SSRI. The only time "zombification" really happens is when people are feeling so incredibly bad that sorrow and pain are all they were experiencing... in that case, an anti-depressant will often replace that with not much at all. This doesn't sound like you, though.

    Zoloft is pretty mild, side effect wise. If I were you, I wouldn't be afraid of negative effects... I'd be anxious to hurry up and experience the positive effects. SSRIs can make you feel like a new man. ;)
     
  3. Kyoushu

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    Thank you for replying :) I've felt my depression hasn't been so overwhelming bad. It's also been alot of off and on. Some days I'm fine and somedays its really bad. But the worst part has been the social anxiety. I've been this way for as long as I can remember and the whole off and on thing has kept me from getting help. I've always been like "OK im going to see a doctor" Then when the appointment comes around I may feel ok or how bad I feel in social situations wasnt as apparent to me so I decide to cancel. I finally said ok im going no matter what and I did. I'm usually pretty ok in social situations but when it comes to alot of people and school type situations its always been real bad and just like an overwhelming amount of people. Even when im pretty ok I still dont feel myself or the person I want to be and the person that really is me. So it sucks. Again thank you for reply I hope the side effects arent too bad with me this is my first medication so far for it. Hopefully I won't have to go through a bunch til one works better but we'll see.
     
  4. I had serious reactions to Zoloft, as well as Paxil but that isn't to say a lot of people haven't had good experiences with the medications. My mother has done wonderfully on Zoloft and Wellbutrin.

    The most important component to successfully treating problems with these medications is the dose and the time-frame, as well as being monitored by a trained psychiatrist while using the medications. Increasing the dose incrementally and then arriving at the most opportune therapeutic dose will yield positive results in most cases.

    The reason the therapy may not have worked for me is because of all the inflammation and neurological problems that I'm having - it could also be that my body is naturally more sensitive to the side effects.
     
  5. Peyomp

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    It sounds like his doctor is starting out slow. Thats what i like to see. Once mine started me on a mood stabilizer (those have side effects MUCH more frequently than SSRIs) too quickly... and I could not make cohesive sentences for a week. Talk about side effects...
     
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    Thats basically me and I've never touched zoloft. Anyway go for it, indifference has it's benefits. Not emotionally investing in anything means no disappointment, no ups and downs.
     
  7. Yeah, I agree. I'm about to start a medication tonight called Seroquel. It's an antipsychotic agent which is being used for sleep in my case. My specialist is trying desperately to give me some relief from the overwhelming symptoms caused by the chronic lyme infection. Hopefully this medication works.
     
  8. Peyomp

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    But thats not what Zoloft is supposed to do, its just what happens in a minority of cases. Thats an unwanted side efffect. Its not typical. There is typically some numbing, as the pain goes away... but you can still be happy. Quite happy, in comparison to depression. And you can certainly feel it.
     
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    Yes well I know nothing about zoloft, all I can say is that's a side effect with certain benefits
     
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    Its a matter of degrees. Its supposed to numb the pain, while still allowing you to feel happy. Sometimes certain drugs go too far in certain people at certain dosages. Thats why psychiatric drugs are not quick fixes. Its more of a process that you and your doctor have to work through. Sometimes the first drug does it... often its the second or third.

    It can be a pain in the ass, but the reward of wellness is so vast... its more than worth it.
     
  11. civicmon

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    I'm on prozac and they're basically the same thing except from different manufacturers.

    My doc gave me a sample pack of zoloft when she prescribed me some prozac :dunno:

    but yeah, it should have low to mild side effects.. nothing to be scared of but it can take a while to kick in, as long as 4-6 weeks.

    MB, i have a bipolar friend who's TERRIBLY manic who takes, get this, 700mg a day of Seroquel just to sleep at night.

    wow.
     
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    I am taking lexapro. I have to admit that I feel a lot better. I was just very depressed and cried all of the time (due to infertility). I havent had any side effects from it but I think Lexapro is very mild. Hope all goes well and keep us updated!
     
  13. I didn't take the medication. I don't plan on it until the bowel problems and Lyme settles down to a more manageable level. The doctor will not be pleased, but based on our encounter the other day [The Psychiatrist] she doesn't understand my illness anyway, and I'm not entirely comfortable with her opinions or ideas yet. I think I'll need to build more trust with her before I take the medication too. Sorry to hear about your friend by the way.
     
  14. Jake!

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    I had side effects with both Zoloft and Paxil. Someone said they start after 4-6 weeks. They're right, both made me extremely fatuged. I'm now on Wellbutrin and something pretty common that I don't remember how to spell.

    Just be sure you have a Dr you like and works with you rather than handing you a script and pushing you out the door. (like my first one) Don't be afraid to ask to try something (or someone) else.
     
  15. zoloft made a world of difference in my dad
    before zoloft he was hard to be around
    since zoloft I actually like to hang out with him sometimes
     
  16. civicmon

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    prozac made me really tired as well so what i did was I started taking it at night, works out great now.

    Some SSRI's won't work for everyone.... it's just the name of the game. Zoloft is a slow worker so be patient and if you don't see results after 6 weeks, it may not be for you.
     
  17. Kamisama

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    Good luck, I hope all goes well.
     
  18. Alpha

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    i have been on zoloft for 2 1/2 years. i was skeptical at first but i am glad i stuck with it. i started at 25 mg, then 50 mg 6 months later, i am currently on 100 mg and have been for about a year. i have had no negatives whatsoever :bowdown: i thought i would lose my sex drive and stuff but i didnt :big grin: if at anytime you dont like it, talk to your doc...something else might work better for you. good luck! :bigthumb:
     
  19. Jesse James

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    Agreed. As much as there is positive for some people, there is negative for others. Sadly my best friend committed suiced because of Zoloft, it had changed him drastically and he lost touch with reality. Im not going to tell the story, but just be careful and make good decisions. It could work wonders for you, or it could destroy you. Personally im against any kind of "miracle" pill thats supposed to help out, I believe in more natural ways...

    Good luck man :)
     
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    Can you guys have orgasms or is it hard as fuck to get off?
     
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    Personally, I feel that people that blame suicide on anti-depressants are deluding themselves. Depression is the cause of suicide. That someone suicidal would kill themselves after they finally got over the stigma around anti-depressants and started taking them just tells you how strong the stigma is: they waited until the point that they were suicidal to start taking it. Too little, too late. Blaming the pills, and not the depression only seeks to increase the stigma, and will cause more deaths.

    I understand that you don't want to discuss it, but your post needed a disclaimer.

    As to getting off: I can't much cum on any SSRI. Or I can, but I don't much feel it. Its worth it, though.
     
  22. civicmon

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    I don't buy the SSRI causes suicide either... I think it's a poorly made coorelation.
     
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    I think that there may be a period, right when you start it... that if you were suicidal, then you MAY be more likely to be able to go through with your plans for suicide, because you get more energy and gumption from the effect of the anti-depressant, before it takes its full effect and you feel better. I don't know... but that seems possible to me.

    But that is a far cry from the villianization anti-depressants get from the parents of people that commit suicide while on them. They don't want to accept that their son/daughter was ill and that their illness led to the suicide.
     
  24. civicmon

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    I think you're right Peyomp. People with BP who commit suicide typically do in mixed states, usually arising when they're sliding to or from a depressive cycle.

    so yeah... your analogy is pretty much spot on to what I believe as well.
     
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    I like Apples.
     

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