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Wanna try Sertraline now???

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Be careful what you post. There are hundreds of thousands relying on this SSRI to help them cope with severe anxiety & depression, My daughter is one, as she tries to cope with the death of her father, and so far they've proven very beneficial.

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A reedited answer as i slandered a charity and had whole reply wiped,rather than edit the reply from here(a more professional outcome!)!

Wish people would remember we all have brain injuries!

Anyway,back to reply:-

I have coped with chronic/severe anxiety as said in notes in the past,and quite recently had a parent dying,have had diagnosis of 'Major Depressive episode'. And sorry for ur loss-but i still would not trust ANY SSRI,fullstop. Probably the 'may have suicidal tendencies' in paperwork of them,aswell as close friends experiences of them being manic or having blackouts they didn't before(particularly with Epilepsy),helping cause a friends death last year.

If they work for a few then good,also hope they are ok when the day comes when the body is used to it and becomes ineffective whatever the dose,and they then come off it!

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They work for me just fine :-)

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Then is a good thing. :)

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Mm, it's like air-crashes Homer ; one crash makes global headlines but the millions of safe, uneventful flights aren't newsworthy. There's no actual proof that the Holmes murders were the result of taking SSRIs. I'm certainly not convinced as he'd already shown signs of a personality flaw before taking the Sertraline and had stopped them a month before that dreadful event.

I remember the first SSRI causing great controversy when people in America started using Prozac and suicides were reported. I recall at the time thinking how an already mentally unstable person taking a drug which simply doesn't help could be drawn to suicide...……..perhaps coincidence ?

Any type of medication can have adverse effects (as I found recently with heart meds which landed me in hospital). But there's something about antidepressants which makes them fair game to demonise, despite their having saved millions of people from suicide or from a lifetime of torment.

Sertraline wasn't compatible with my brain chemistry, but it's a lifeline for many other folk. And SSRIs in general are believed to assist rehabilitation after brain injury by protecting existing brain cells and encouraging new growth..

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Well Cat,you have to be depressed or anxious to have been prescribed them as in his case. Also with this guy as he got worse they just kept upping the dose,so no suprise he stopped then got worse. But noone can say that he wouldn't have done what he done without ever have trying them then stopping cos of ghastly affects either! And as in this country-it seems all about drug reps pushing on to patients thru the NHS. The more we are tired the less of a problem we are to government-anyone notice how they all make people more tired,or in his case and other people i know,manic.

All i have known personally have not benefitted at all in any way-one with Epilepsy had blackouts when never did before,one killed herself not long after trying them.

Noone is willing to look at other ways to cope-we getting like US with meds taken like sweets,and drug companies just making more and more money!

Wish Matt could see this and reply,as feel is just gonna same old replies as NHS would!

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I wasn’t I was given them fir chronic fatigue x

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Don't they help then?

Wow,isn't there other meds for that?

I was given them even tho just found out interact with Metformin took since 2011!

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Not chronic fatigue they dint, they upped the dose n upped again to highest n 6 months down the line i was still same if not worst so I went to doctor n told them to wean me off x

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Hope something works for u. x

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They didnt work on 50 mg but my dose got upped to 75mg and its a dream

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Also if that's an overreaction and SSRI's are so great,it isn't as bad as governments media campaign(sometimes thru charities!) where people who are obese are treated like criminals! Like they are just a waste of money-this isn't done with anorexia,self harm or addiction to drink and drugs! Isn't obesity sometimes just like drugs,say in case of Diabetes!

Blimey is no more a waste than what i see with people abusing nurses in hospital thru drugs-noone calling that a 'lifestyle choice',just moddycoddling them and wasting mental health teams time,and A&E's time-yet noone has balls to say it!

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As i mentioned that a particular charity(many of them,so not named!) is selling a book on self harm for teenagers(a fact!)in one of their high street charity shops,as if condoning it-i apologise if they or someone who works for them is offended,or it's broke rules of Headway Health Unlocked!

A shame some of these charities also run shame things without any evidence-like 'obesity causes cancer' which insults anyone who is more than 3 stone overweight,or a rugby player with a high BMI)!

There is alot wrong with charities,especially a few who run media campaigns via TV channels on a regular basis,just cos the government states they should! Shaming anyone who's overweight-it is so wrong! That doesn't work you alienate more people and make less money!

If Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle choice then so is taking drugs-if not explain why???

Yet obesity is governments bullying campaign!

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Its like a read a article a few years ago that said people with bi are at higher risk to use drink and drugs when that isnt the case they just use it to make papers sell doesnt believe everything you read

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Oh u pick a thing i agree with-as couldn't care if i drunk alcohol again.

It's like having diagnosis of Hypacondria and paranoia-used as tools to save money!

NHS loves addictions and paranoia-there's always funding for that,and obesity!

Except only obesity talked to like crap!

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They work for me too, in fact I’d say they have saved my life!!!

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Did u gain weight x

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No not at all! I could weight train more so there was fat loss

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