Up and Down

I am on the maximum dose of sertraline for depression and recently been through a very difficult period in my life. What I don't like is how my mood can go up and down in such a short space of time. I have gone from feeling on quite a high this morning and then I have thought of something in probably the wrong way and now I feel down. Wheres the inbetween supposed to be?

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  • Hi Seratoninsunrise,

    Thank you for your post and I am sure our other very supportive members will be able to offer more advice on their own experiences. Depression is a serious illness, and I think with any kind of illness, whether it is psychical or psychological there will usually be periods in the day which are easier to get through, while other times are harder. Also the nature of depression means that your moods will vary, one minute as you say you are feeling okay and coping, the next minute feeling down and low in mood. The positive aspect is that you are aware of your moods and how they dip. In this way, perhaps keeping a diary or journal may help you over time to see any triggers to your mood swings. Then you may be able to work out some simple strategies to help you cope with the times you feel low. Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, going for a walk, listening to music, yoga, mindfullness when practiced can all help to lift you mood. Also I wonder has your GP referred you for some therapy like counselling, where you have that unique space to explore your feelings in privacy and in confidence. Just try and take each day as it comes......very best wishes to you.....

  • Hi Seratoninsunrise! I read your post and I am also taking sertraline. I dont know what advice to give you as we may have different situations. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone and we all have trials, just hang on in there and this too shall pass. Take care.

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