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Discouraged.. Week 5 on zoloft

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy

Some days I think I'm getting better, and then I'm hit with 2-3 days of anxiety/exhaustion. Up and down. I figured it would be working better than this by now. :( I have a dr. Appointment tmrw... I'm not sure if she'll up my dosage or switch medications or stop them all together. I'm not getting any bad side effects, I'm just still not close to where I need to be in order to live a happy life. So discouraged :( any words of advice or similar experiences?

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You have improved some and it's still only 5 weeks

You may have increase and another week or 2 start having more good days. Hang in there

Hi AnxiousAmy, Just a reminder that with an SSRI it's not going to be a magical turnabout. That's why it's not good to focus on the number of days/weeks you've been taking the medication. It is a slower process than the antianxiety and not as clear as to when it's working. Your doctor will know and I'm glad you have an appointment tomorrow. In regards to yourself, you won't really notice the change until after the effect. Looking back you will realize that you are doing better and feeling better. You won't feel like the med is doing it but that you are changing for the better. It will all come into play. x

Instead of looking at the amount of days or weeks you are on this, start looking at how much improvement you have made. couple days are great and then a couple of days are not so great. Thats OK! Stay positive, pray, and you will see the number of good consecutive days will increase. Remember that there are good days and they will come.

Also, are you speaking to a therapist while taking these meds? Therapy, like CBT, coupled with the medication you are taking, I have heard can work extremely well for people.

Stay focused on things that will get you through the days, don't focus on the uncomfortable feeling and you will see how fast the day goes by and how great the next day will be.

Prayer is a powerful thing and just remember, God is always listening and ready to help you. You just have to ask. =)

If you need anything dont be afraid to ask.

Devin

Thanks all for your kind words! I knew I had to be patient... But I guess I'll just have to test my patience a little more! :) I do pray and always feel a slight releif afterwards knowing that I'm in his hands!

Hope you are all feeling well today!

Amy :)

Hang in there you doing good you just go to remember to have patience there's no quick fix I wish there was but over time you'll get to where you want to be! Good luck :)

Hi Amy, I know this is an old post. Are you still on zoloft? If so, how are things?

David

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy in reply to DVISION

HI David!

Things are really good! I am still on Zoloft.. am taking 150mg and I can happily say I’m back to my old self! I may have had 2 panic attacks in the past 2 years... I used to have one every day! I hope this brings you comfort in that you aren’t alone and there is hope for recovery!

Amy

DVISION
DVISION in reply to AnxiousAmy

Hi Amy! Great to hear you’re back to your old self! I’m currently on 50 mg - it’s been 5 weeks and so far so good. Although I have some dizziness going on. I’ve read that’s one of the side effects.

David

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy in reply to DVISION

Dizziness used to be a symptom of my anxiety that used to scare me into a panic attack. I don’t know why but my panic attacks always began with a dizzy spell and the assumption I would faint (I never once did) but the fear was very real. Since on Zoloft, I have had a scatter slight dizzy spell but that’s it. It ends there. Instead of “oh my god I’m dizzy I’m dying” it’s “oh... weird” and I continue on with me day! Important to remember is that dizziness is very rarely an indication of a serious illness, and it is a side effect of anxiety, and medication! Stay well! :)

Agora1
Agora1 in reply to AnxiousAmy

I agree Amy that thought was always in the back of my mind as well.

It would then lead into the "what if". Once anxiety was under control

so was that dizzy headed feeling. We live and we learn through our

experiences with anxiety. It's nice when we can share positive thoughts. :) xx

Nice to see this! Im on week one of Zoloft lol my main anxiety symptom is dizziness...so I hope it helps me.

DVISION
DVISION in reply to AnxiousAmy

Hi Amy,

Yes, my dizziness started back in September during a stressful period.

Anxiety and constant worry made things worse. Was hoping the Zoloft would help but I guess I have to give it a little more time. Knowing it’s not a serious illness does help but it’s just annoying. 😊

David

Hidden
Hidden in reply to DVISION

Hey did the Zoloft help?? I have mine sitting on my counter but I’m scared

foxglove_pnw
foxglove_pnw in reply to Hidden

I had dizziness and off balance issues and going back to antidepressants helped a lot !!! I take Lexapro !

Are you suffering with dizziness ?

Hidden
Hidden in reply to foxglove_pnw

Dizziness and much more .. feeling spaced out .. like I’m out to pass out... shaky inside... butterflies ... scared to go anywhere

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy in reply to Hidden

The Zoloft changed my life. I am finally my old self again. I know this isn’t the resolution for everyone and I didn’t think it would help me.. but it did.. it took a few weeks and a lot of patience.. but bit by bit I was improving. Best of luck to you!

Hidden
Hidden in reply to AnxiousAmy

That’s so awsome! Thanks for coming back to help and answer our questions!

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy in reply to Hidden

Anytime!! :)

DVISION
DVISION in reply to Hidden

Yes, it definitely helped. I was only on 50mg for 4 months and then doctor weaned me off. So far so good. Just some dizziness every other day or so.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to DVISION

So

Your anxiety is gone?

DVISION
DVISION in reply to Hidden

Yes, for the time being at least.

The doc felt I only needed it for that amount of time.

Hidden
Hidden

How did the meds work for you

Hidden
Hidden

Hey how’s it going on the Zoloft ??

AnxiousAmy
AnxiousAmy in reply to Hidden

It’s going great, thanks! :)

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