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concerned and wondering
December 27, 2003
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This week I was diagnosed with a form of genetic family melancholia. My doctor wants me to try using antidepressants to elavate my mood, because he says this causes a feeling of low grade depression that doesn't go away. I'm concerned about taking them (Zoloft) because I've heard some really bad side effects can happen. My mother struggled with it for years and never took anything for it, but I do think she suffered. Anyway, I realize with all these other codependency and relationship problem I,m having right now, that it might help. Has anyone got some info about this drug and how it worked for them? Thanks for the info..........

December 27, 2003
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Hi Gro,

I was diagnosed years ago with the same thing. Zoloft saved my life. I take it in combination with Wellbutrin and Trazadone.

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December 28, 2003
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A good friend of mine actually takes Zoloft too. She's a nurse and she swears by it...she tells me that it helps her with her anger and stress. She has no complaints nor mentioned an side effects that concern her.

As for myself, years ago my therapist told me that my body had become numb to the "happy neurotransmitter" (serotonin). My body had become too accustomed to depression. I wasn't given any formal clinical name for this diagnosis. But they placed me on Prozac. And I think that was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I did not know what it felt like to be "okay" as I was always melancholy.

From a cellular physiological stand point, the antidepressants manipulate molecules to evoke the feeling of "wellness." If used in conjunction with counselling, it should help the individual tremendously as it has for me.

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December 28, 2003
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Gro,
I take Zoloft and it has really helped me. I was diagnosed with depression and PMDD (ie. severe PMS.) The side effects for me was I no longer walked around depressed anymore. I was able to think more clearly, and even had my creative side come out more. Plus I had an increased sexual libido, which is totally opposite of what the effects on the box say! Between the meds and the therapy, I have "leveled out" too. Yes, I can still cry and get mad, but I no longer cry at the drop of a hat, or start screaming and throw a tantrum over something stupid. (now if I can only convince hubby to try meds..but that's another story.)
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December 28, 2003
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I went to a doctor for assistance with depression and was also prescribed medication. We walked through the different options (Zoloft, Welbutrin, Prozac were the three that popped to the top for me) and we decided on Prozac (the generic form). For a few reasons... Prozac had a generic form that was available to me at much lower cost (Fluoxetine). The side effects of Prozac were also known to be slight weight loss, as opposed to weight gain. So we decided to ease me onto it for a few weeks, gradually increasing my dosage while managing the side effects. The goal was to keep me on it for a few months, and then gradually taper the dose until I was off it completely. It was not designed to be a permanent drug treatment for me.

It helped. There were side effects though, and the reaction with alcohol was frightening to say the least (yeah, it says right on the box not to mix it with alcohol. They aren't kidding. Don't.) I went off the medication earlier than planned, and I'm still OK.

What helps more than the meds in my opinion is revamping your diet and exercise patterns. I can trace how I feel and how motivated I am in areas of my life to what sort of junk I choose or don't choose to eat, and how much physical activity I get. Sure, it takes more discipline and a lot more work each day than remembering to take your medication each morning, but the effects are stronger and last longer and are completely predictable.

December 28, 2003
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Hi Gro, I have a friend who takes Zoloft, and I used to work for a gastroenterologist who took it, and it worked wonders for them. I take Effexor and just had Wellbutrin added. I too was diagnosed with PMDD, depression, and anxiety. These medications can help tremendously. Also, I'm in counseling which has also helped a lot. It wouldn't hurt to give it a try, as it could be just what you need. Good luck to you,,,W

December 28, 2003
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Hi gro

I have been on Zoloft before. It was during a time when I was either crying or in some weird hypervigilant go-go-go status. I couldn't cope with what I had to cope with.

Once it kicked in (it takes a few weeks), I was able to actively participate in counseling and over a period of time, my life changed so much that sometimes I feel as though I've lived two separate lives. It's very saddening for me now to look at my past. It's like "my Gosh, this was my life."

Zoloft worked for me. It put me on an even keel so that I could grow.

It is used for anxiety as well as depression.

Sometimes I wish I was still on it!

After time, though, I learned healthy and positive coping strategies that work for me now.

At this point, when I feel overwhelmed, I've learned what it is I need to do to get back into focus.

a little over a year ago I started into anxiety attacks and one afternoon I was in my kitchen and I'm like "Oh, God, no" kuz it was a full blown panic attack coming into full swing. I'd had those years before.

Almost instinctively, I called my therapist for an appointment (hadn't even spoke with him for a couple years), and went to urgent care and spilled all to my doctor. He prescribed xanax for the panic attacks and told me to come back if this continues for a prescription of zoloft, as zoloft is better for the long term kuz xanax is addictive.

I listened to my doctor and followed his advice kuz I wanted the help. And that's what he's there for. I was bound and determined NOT to let this round of "I can't cope" jeapardize everything I'd worked so hard to build and achieve.

One thing I've learned through what I've gone through is that we're not expected to cope alone. that's why God gave us each other.

I remember in talking to the criminal investigator in my ex monster's trial- I wanted my therapist to testify. From my perspective, there was so much he could answer and clear up. But they were afraid it might open doors to my whole past or something. I was a bit irritated. Mixed messages abound in this area.

My past is not for me to be ashamed of. I was a victim. I couldn't cope with aggravated rape alone. I couldn't and still cannot cope with my ex monster alone. And I'm not ashamed of that, kuz if others can, then yippee for them. But I can't.

So what.

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