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Old 09-30-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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My doctor prescribed me Zoloft in order to get me through a pretty rough period of my life - lots of deadlines, a lot of upheaval at home, financial worries, etc. I wasn't sleeping and was in a state of constant anxiety. I have severe ADD that I deal with fairly well without medication, but I have anxiety, OCD and depression issues that tend to feed on the ADD - they're kind of like the remoras to my ADD shark.

My doctor decided to treat the anxiety/OCD/depression issues with the Zoloft rather than putting me on something like Adderall because she thinks I have a lot of reasons to be stressed, anxious and depressed. She consulted with a psychiatrist before writing out the prescription, so it wasn't like she was shooting from the hip.

The good part is that I'm sleeping well, and I'm not in a state of constant anxiety. I'm really rational right now, which is cool. I LIKE being rational, and my anxiety issues can subvert my reason and drive me into a panic. I'm functioning better in general.

Overall, after a month of taking it, I like how I'm reacting to the Zoloft, but I have a few concerns. For one thing, I am still sleepier than I should be. It's BETTER than when I was not sleeping at all, but I feel like I should have more energy. I have not been able to implement the second part of my doctor's recommendations which were for regular, light exercise, so I'm wondering if that's part of it. But also, a nurse told me Zoloft can make you feel sleepy, but that the side effect eventually subsides. Has anyone experienced this?

The other issue is that I feel a bit distanced from my emotions. Not emotionless, but just a bit more removed than usual. I'm not exactly upset by this, but it does make me a little uneasy. Does that normalize eventually too? I'm not sure what the downside is if it doesn't normalize though - I don't feel as if my creativity is being hampered; I just feel less panicked and more methodical.

And finally, is there a downside to staying on the Zoloft if I'm happy with the effects in general? This was only supposed to be for a few months, but I feel calmer and less apt to think my world is ending. I'm not someone who is usually crippled by anxiety or OCD or depression, but sometimes they do sneak up on me. (Like in the months before I went to the doctor and was prescribed the Zoloft.) I feel like the Zoloft keeps them at bay, so I don't get derailed.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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My doctor prescribed me Zoloft in order to get me through a pretty rough period of my life - lots of deadlines, a lot of upheaval at home, financial worries, etc. I wasn't sleeping and was in a state of constant anxiety. I have severe ADD that I deal with fairly well without medication, but I have anxiety, OCD and depression issues that tend to feed on the ADD - they're kind of like the remoras to my ADD shark.

My doctor decided to treat the anxiety/OCD/depression issues with the Zoloft rather than putting me on something like Adderall because she thinks I have a lot of reasons to be stressed, anxious and depressed. She consulted with a psychiatrist before writing out the prescription, so it wasn't like she was shooting from the hip.

The good part is that I'm sleeping well, and I'm not in a state of constant anxiety. I'm really rational right now, which is cool. I LIKE being rational, and my anxiety issues can subvert my reason and drive me into a panic. I'm functioning better in general.

Overall, after a month of taking it, I like how I'm reacting to the Zoloft, but I have a few concerns. For one thing, I am still sleepier than I should be. It's BETTER than when I was not sleeping at all, but I feel like I should have more energy. I have not been able to implement the second part of my doctor's recommendations which were for regular, light exercise, so I'm wondering if that's part of it. But also, a nurse told me Zoloft can make you feel sleepy, but that the side effect eventually subsides. Has anyone experienced this?

The other issue is that I feel a bit distanced from my emotions. Not emotionless, but just a bit more removed than usual. I'm not exactly upset by this, but it does make me a little uneasy. Does that normalize eventually too? I'm not sure what the downside is if it doesn't normalize though - I don't feel as if my creativity is being hampered; I just feel less panicked and more methodical.

And finally, is there a downside to staying on the Zoloft if I'm happy with the effects in general? This was only supposed to be for a few months, but I feel calmer and less apt to think my world is ending. I'm not someone who is usually crippled by anxiety or OCD or depression, but sometimes they do sneak up on me. (Like in the months before I went to the doctor and was prescribed the Zoloft.) I feel like the Zoloft keeps them at bay, so I don't get derailed.
So glad to hear you are feeling better and getting some relief with the zoloft!!

Many people have to wait 6 weeks or more to tell any improvement and you've seen some in 4, yay!

I know a few people who have been on Zoloft more than 10 years.

After a certain point these drugs aren't supposed to work as well, and ideally you'd only want to be on them 2-3 years at most, but in some cases people do need them longer.

I think you are ok for the foreseeable future and I wouldn't be concerned if you had to stay on the zoloft a year or so

Oh, and from what I know, your body does indeed adjust after a few months and the sleepiness gets better.
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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So glad to hear you are feeling better and getting some relief with the zoloft!!

Many people have to wait 6 weeks or more to tell any improvement and you've seen some in 4, yay!

I know a few people who have been on Zoloft more than 10 years.

After a certain point these drugs aren't supposed to work as well, and ideally you'd only want to be on them 2-3 years at most, but in some cases people do need them longer.

I think you are ok for the foreseeable future and I wouldn't be concerned if you had to stay on the zoloft a year or so

Oh, and from what I know, your body does indeed adjust after a few months and the sleepiness gets better.
Thanks, LM!

I'd like to wean myself off of it eventually, but I feel pretty good overall. Now, the sleepiness is a problem as part of the reason I was taking it was because the anxiety was driving me into exhaustion, but I'm just napping a lot. Very thankful I work from home, lol.
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