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Hello, I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression on and off for several years now, however it has recently bounced back with vengeance.

It came back roughly two years ago? All down to my nut allergy, which I’ve had since I was a child. I became obsessed and terrified of my allergy, what if this, what if that. To the point where I lost my job and was isolating myself in the house for days on end.

At that point I was prescribed 100mg of Sertraline, which I was on for over 12 months.

Last year I managed to come off the antidepressants for 6 months. But unfortunately found myself back on them in September.

Started 2019 hoping I could have a fresh start and finally get myself better, but things took a turn on my birthday weekend. Depression hit me like a tonne of bricks. I’m now on 150mg of Sertraline and feeling extremely down.

The reason why? I don’t even know. I honestly can’t pin point why I’m feeling like this.

The side effects of these tablets don’t help, the overwhelming intrusive thoughts which are distracting me from working, the nightmares, sleep talking (well, shouting), nausea. The list goes on and on..

I’m struggling massively to find a coping method, strategy, plan, anything to assist me from feeling this way.

If anyone has any ideas or tips on how to “cope” then please do advise. I would be grateful to hear of your thoughts!


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Hi ,I was on sertraline for awhile and they got me out of trouble by that I mean deep depression after about 6 months I felt the effects wearing off and panic symptoms coming back my gp put me on citalopram, I found these ok for a couple of years kept me quite stable.maybe ask for a change talk to your health care professional,best wishes.

Hello Alan, thank you for your advice. I will definitely try and speak to my doctor again about them! Best wishes.

Welcome Lorna. every one on here will help you. Ray.

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Thank you X

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I'm sorry you are struggling so much right now. Depression is so difficult and steals so much joy and peace from us! It's possible that the antidepressants you are on may be throwing you into a deeper depression. Sometimes certain antidepressants won't work for certain people or will no longer work for whatever reason, so it could be the med itself. I would try talking to your doctor and let them know what is going on. Maybe they can prescribe you something else. Are you seeing a therapist at all? That may be very beneficial for you. Sometimes talking to someone and learning new ways to cope helps tremendously! Wishing you the best.

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