I started taking sertraline a couple weeks back. It was a big step to go to my GP but I’m really wanting to shove the anxiety I’ve had for years (I’ll also be having 1:1 therapy soon). My GP warned me that it might make my symptoms worse for a couple weeks and I’ve definitely been feeling it. Beyond this, I recently broke up with my partner and I’m struggling. Tomorrow marks 2 weeks and I’m hoping things will start to feel a little better. Yesterday I was a wreck, I couldn’t get out of bed, so much so I called in sick to uni and when I wasn’t asleep I would just stare at the walls because nothing was entertaining me. Today I got up and went to uni and felt fine, even when I got home I felt a lot more positive than I did yesterday. Same old social anxiety in my classes though, perhaps a little worse. Has anybody been through the same thing? With there moods changing so drastically?
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Hi, yes I was an emotional wreck for a while and ended up at the doctor's surgery without an appointment, sobbing my eyes out at the receptionist. When the GP squeezed me in at short notice and suggested I tried Sertraline I wasn't keen initially but nearly 11 months on I can say I am much more resilient now. I started on 50mg, then increased to 100mg for a couple of weeks before settling at my maintenance dose of 150mg. It works wonders for my anxiety but I'm finding the depression harder to shake off. I've got a few other health problems as well so I don't think they're helping with the depression. I can't believe how I can just let things that used to really bother me wash over me now and I'm no longer living in a state of constant fear of all the things that could possibly go wrong. It's not ideal having to pop pills in order to be able to live a normal life but for me it's better than the alternative and worth sticking with. Hope it works well for you x
I completely relate to everything you have said. I put off going to the GP for years because I didn’t want to have to take a pill to feel normal. At my initial appointment I said no to taking medication because I was still apprehensive and my anxiety made me think that if people found out it would make them think I’m weak - truth is, going to the GP was the bravest thing I’ve ever done, and one of my proudest moments. I cried with happiness when my appointment was arranged because I felt a massive weight had lifted. I have days where I struggle, but I know that things will get better as long as I keep on seeking support. For anyone else who is reading this and is apprehensive about opening up, just do it. You’ll feel a lot better! Rach, I’m sad to hear it’s not doing anything for your depression but I hope it gets better x
I took it for about a month and a half. Maybe I hadn’t given it enough time to settle in but I just knew that it wasn’t the right thing for me. I had previously been on lexapro for my depression for about 2 years and came off that for a year before going on sertraline. I just never liked the idea of needing medication. Definitely stick with it it’s probably your best option if you are not feeling in the right mindset. Here if you need to talk about anything! X