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Sertraline

Hi everyone, im new here and feel a bit out of my depth. I lost my dad last Feb to lung cancer, then packed up smoking, I then had a car accident in July and am now waiting for my Nan to pass away as she is now on palliative care.

In a nutshell these last couple of months I’ve been crying at the least of things, had no motivation, making mistakes at work etc, I’ve eventually been to the Dr this morning thinking I was starting menopause but no, she says it’s anxiety and some depression and prescribed the above.

I’m in shock, I’ve never suffered with depression in my life and I’m 49, can anyone out there understand any of my rant?

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Hi I am so sorry to hear about your dad and now your poor Nan is suffering too. Sometimes things just pile up on us and can easily lead to anxiety/depression.

I would take the help the doctor is offering as meds could help you feel better in the short term and more able to cope.

Daily life in itself can be such a struggle without all the extras life keeps throwing at us can't it so no wonder you are finding it hard to cope. Things will pick up eventually though as they always do. You just need some time to hunker down and get your head back together so in the meantime take it easy on yourself and rest as much as possible. x

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Hi Hypercat54, thank you for your reply.

I am finding this hard as I’m normally very positive and outgoing person but I do understand we all need a bit of help occasionally, I’m worried about weight gain after reading reviews on this medication. I currently follow SW and I work hard at my weight loss, I don’t want all my hard work undone. See, I’m stressing already 😳 I should be a size 10 with my stress levels not 14 he he he x

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When I was young stress kept my weight low, but now I am older it makes me eat more and put on weight! Go figure :D x

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Hi Monica, I can understand how you're feeling. I lost my partner 6 years ago and my mum last July. I was already suffering mild depression and grieving. Suffering from both is so hard and my doctor put me on Sertraline. I can honestly say it helps me so much. I'm sorry you're going through this, losing loved ones is so hard. If you want to talk, anytime, I'm here for you. Sending big hugs. :)

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Hi Catwoman2018, thank you so much for your kind words.

Losing our loved ones is so hard but I honestly thought I was coping quite well up until last week really when I’ve just started crying at anything, having night sweats too so thought it was menopause starting not anxiety/depression, I’m struggling to admit it to be honest as I’ve always been a ‘coper’ and a ‘get a grip’ type of person

I’m so glad that Sertraline has helped you and your feeling better, I do hope it does for me too. I’m feeling better at just knowing I’m not going mad lol xx

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Thanks for your lovely reply, I'm the same, always positive and just cope with everything, it took me a while to ask for help. I was crying every day, and I too thought due to menopause and grieving. The antidepressants really help me cope, I work full time and I have a lot of stress at work. I hope yours help you. Let me know how you get on with them. :)

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Wow your life sounds the replica of mine with the stressful full time job too. You’ve made me feel better knowing you’re the same

I will let you know xx

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Hi, sorry for your loss, and honestly you have been through alot and anxiety can start very quickly, almost over night. I have alot in common with what you said which I felt I had to comment. I too follow sw and anxiety started suddenly for me after a traumatic event. I too am on sertraline and have been for a few months now, if I can help in anyway please feel free to message me, you are definitely not alone... Xx

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Hi Littlemissbedford thankyou so very much for your kind words.

You’re so right about how quickly it can come on, one minute I was ok, the next falling to pieces

How have you found Sertraline? Has it helped? I’m on day 1 today xx

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I'm approximately 3 months in, started on 50mg then onto 100mg, definitely better, I've had severe anxiety for 14 years, only get the odd panic attack now and anxious feeling, eating and sleeping better as well, so I would say it's working for me 😊 x

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Oh that’s really good to hear, did you have any side effects? I’ve read upset stomach and weight gain is common x

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I was dizzy, nausea and had an increase in anxiety the first week or so, this also happened when I had my dose increased, other than that I have found it very helpful for me, I had to ride out the side effects to see the benefit x

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Haven't had no weight gain as I've been following sw since before I started sertraline so lost weight instead x

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Oh that’s good news, I want my weight loss to continue.

You’ve been a massive help hun xxx

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Aw your welcome, like I said if you want any advice please feel free to message me xx

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