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Taking my time

I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been on Sertraline 50mg for about 3 weeks now and there have been a lot of ups and downs. The initial side effects were pretty awful, and I was really questioning my decision to start them. Here, these past few days, though, I’ve been actually seeing my old self here and there. I’ve had good days and bad days, but the bad days aren’t feeling so awful.

Today was a little bit of a bad day. I woke up feeling like I had 0 energy and was actually feeling sick to my stomach about the idea of going to work. I still had 7 sick days left and only 2 months left to use them, so I took advantage and let myself have a mental health day. It was a great decision. I got some extra rest in, sat in bed and enjoyed my coffee this morning, and didn’t let myself worry about work. I think the fact that I was able to do that today is actually a lot of progress. So far this school year, I haven’t been able to bring myself to take off of work. I would make myself worrying about missing something and falling behind with my classroom, and then show up feeling like a wreck. That’s not what my kids need. They need me to be healthy so I can provide for them.

I’m trying to take my time with things and work through it all. I have also started journaling. Anyone else doing this? I feel like it’s helping me a lot.

I hope everyone’s having a good day!

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Hey there

I have been on sertraline 100mg. It worked fore me. I know it is supposed to take a few months to really take affect on you. My son who is 10 years old is also on sertraline. He seems to be doing a lot better. I know it takes time and your not going to be 100% all the time. But the difference it did make for me was significant. Don’t beat yourself up for needing a day to just veg and take care of you. I think as woman and mother’s , we tend to take better care of everyone else besides ourselves. I have 3 kids and my youngest is a 2 month old baby. I had weaned myself off of sertraline a year before I became pregnant. I think the post partum is setting in and I’m trying to find a primary care physician to talk to about getting back on the meds. All I know, is that while I was on sertraline I felt good more often then not. The only problem for me was the weight gain. And I have yet to be able to get the weight off. It’s pretty shitty, but I’ll take feeling happy and better about who I am, over being thin any day.


Journaling is an awesome thing. Some days I write “I really don’t have anything to write” and it tells me where I am at. My journaling helps me to identify how I am feeling, and it keeps me honest when I’m checking. I like to read what I wrote and say wow I never knew that. I get so many ideas from journaling, and I get quite a few answers too.


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