People's Opinions On Zoloft?

Posted by EdCork @yangedd, Nov 27, 2018

Hey,

Is anyone on Zoloft here? I was with my Psychiatrist two weeks ago (Diagnosis of BPD, Depression and GAD) and we were discussing my severe anxiety and panic attacks and she prescribed Zoloft. I'm sure the dose was 50mg to be increased this week, but my mind seriously couldn't handle this drug. I had violent thoughts, I felt completely out of touch with my body, I walked out of a store and left my coat, hat and gloves there and even lit a cigarette in the middle of the post office (No exaggeration). It was like I was acting without even thinking and only realizing minutes later. After four days I had to stop because I couldn't function properly and went to my GP and told her. She immediately stopped the medication and left notes on her PC for my Psychiatrist when I see her this day next week. Has anyone ever experienced side effects to this level on Zoloft before?

Thanks guys,
Ed

@colleenyoung

Hi Amiah, As you can see, there are a lot of people in this forum who care. The message board will go quieter in a few hours as people turn in for the night from the east coast to the west coast. You mentioned that you often stay awake during the night hours and that's when your thoughts get horrible. If that happens, remember the 24/7 Lifeline Chat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Use it if you need it. There's always someone there to text or talk with you.

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Yes: We are thinking of you, Amish.
You are not only in our thoughts… you are in our prayers.
Keep in touch with us.
We know that you will be strong.
Strong 💪 people also know when to get help.
Helen

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@am3

So I'm on Zoloft at 13. I was in a hospital for about a week for my cutting addiction and suicidal thoughts. I started at 25mg. I noticed my eyes were glossy and my pupils were huge. When I got out of the hospital, I couldn't cry. It's like I lost myself. Then I got put on 50mg. I couldn't focus on anything. My grades got bad. I fell apart and I just didn't care about anything. Fast forward to now, I'm on 100mg. I try to explain to my mom that I don't want to be on this. I can't cry when I need to. I feel more violent. Like enjoying it when people die in shows and movies. I feel the need to isolate myself. I'm always tired. I can't sleep though. I don't go to bed till 3-6 every morning. I don't like to wake up in the mornings. I kinda just wanna dream. The only time I feel okay is when i'm by myself in my room, Sometimes I just feel numb. I get really sad because of my thoughts but it's like in my mind and my body won't process it. I get really dizzy. I start seeing black. I can't even have fun anymore. I don't like to go in public because I don't like people looking at me or seeing anyone I know. I couldn't get up for school. When I got home from school, I slept for hours till I got woke up. I just wanna be normal. Instead I'm out here not caring about anything and feeling way too numb.

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@am3 Oh my poor dear! What does your psychiatrist say? Me, not being a doctor I would say you need to get off of Zoloft and try a different med. My daughter has trouble falling asleep too. I wish I could help you, reach out and give you a hug. Oh, that's right Covid-19. we can't hug. How about a pretend hug?
Anyway, your mom needs to wake up and see it's not working and listen to you. She doesn't know how you feel. Let me know how you are and I hope you get better. Blessings to you.

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@lilypaws

@am3 Oh my poor dear! What does your psychiatrist say? Me, not being a doctor I would say you need to get off of Zoloft and try a different med. My daughter has trouble falling asleep too. I wish I could help you, reach out and give you a hug. Oh, that's right Covid-19. we can't hug. How about a pretend hug?
Anyway, your mom needs to wake up and see it's not working and listen to you. She doesn't know how you feel. Let me know how you are and I hope you get better. Blessings to you.

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@lilypaws I don't really have a psychiatrist… I only had one in the hospital and he never really had the time to actually "talk" to us. My doctor manages my meds. I appreciate you. You are so sweet. Thank you so much!!

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@am3

Well my dad is in jail and anytime he calls it's like he doesn't listen. I have always been on my dad's side, then I realized that he is so addicted to drugs that they are his priority and I am not. My mom has been sober for quite a while now but nobody in this house listens to me. Nobody is gonna understand because they aren't me. I get that, but I just want my parents, to be parent, at least listen to me when I'm asking you for help.

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@am3 My thoughts and love are with you. We are here for you. We are your friends. Stay strong and know that we love you. I grew up on a farm in Iowa with a very Christian family. No drugs or alcohol. Until I started dating someone who drank beer. So I did end up drinking beer, but not too much. I was in love with him and he kept on going out with me and then breaking up with me all the time. My mom was bipolar 1 and it was hard to be around her sometimes.
Finally that guy I really loved came to me and wanted to be together and get married. We were married in 1969 and he was killed in a car accident 11 days after we were married. It was hard and alcohol became my way of dealing with it. I know longer do alcohol. But I have been remarried for 48 years with one of his friends.
What I went through is nothing what you are going through. Your dad in jail and it seems like you probably feel everyone is against you. Remember we are here and remember we love you. Bless your heart. Stay strong. Please continue to post.

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I took Zoloft for many years and it worked like a charm. But then, after about 10 years it just pooped out (sorry about the slang). My present Psychologist changed my meds. and things are much better. From what I understand Zoloft often does that ….. it just wears out. Good luck.
abby

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Just a couple of things I want you to know: there are many, many of us who feel your pain, and have suffered with mental illness so when we say we understand, we truly do and you are in our prayers and we want to be here to support you in any way we can. The journey of getting off Zoloft is hard, you have to wean yourself off the drug very slowly, cut down the amount you are taking, stay at that amount for a week or so and then cut down a small amount again for a week or so and finally after many week you will be able to discontinue taking it. The reason you do it like this is to cut down on withdrawal. Your brain and body have gotten used to this and when it is taken away it reacts to that. You can read posts here from people who have weaned off it and what they went through, also look up Zoloft withdrawal symptoms and you will see what they are. By doing it slowly hopefully you will only have minor withdrawal or none at all. This is a difficult project for a 13 year old, but very do able, with much patience. We are all here for you to help you do this.
Jon Habermann

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@guener

@am3, It is very distressing to me that you are finding nobody who will listen to you. Do you have a trusted adult family member, an aunt or uncle, who might be willing to help you get your voice heard? Have you considered approaching your school nurse, counselor or the principal to reach out?

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Great advice. Start with the school counselor.

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@am3 I can see through what you've said so far in this chat that you're used to advocating for yourself and being your own parent in a way. I really admire your resilience and see your strength. Inpatient care/psych wards can really make things worse, so I hear what you're saying. I have actually had a lot of peers go through the same thing. When do you see your doctor? And do you think he'll respond well when you speak to him about going off of Zoloft?

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@am3

@lilypaws I don't really have a psychiatrist… I only had one in the hospital and he never really had the time to actually "talk" to us. My doctor manages my meds. I appreciate you. You are so sweet. Thank you so much!!

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You need to try and convince your mom to let you see a psychiatrist. In my opinion they have a much better understanding of these meds.

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@am3

A journal sounds great. The thing about reaching out to people at school is everything goes to my school counselor. Whenever she realizes that I'm not getting better she suggests the psych ward and I do not wanna go back there. People just think to do the easy thing. "send her away for a week, so we don't have to deal with it." It's complicated. Thank you so much.
~Amiah~

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There is a group called Alateen that is a 12 step program fashioned after Alanon and AA. You can find a meeting on line. I wish I had known about this when I was your age. I didn’t start attending Alanon until late in life. You will be amazed at how people will understand how it is to deal with family members with drug and alcohol problems. It won’t answer any medication questions, but may help you not to feel alone and dealing with difficult relationships.

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@lilypaws

@am3 Oh my poor dear! What does your psychiatrist say? Me, not being a doctor I would say you need to get off of Zoloft and try a different med. My daughter has trouble falling asleep too. I wish I could help you, reach out and give you a hug. Oh, that's right Covid-19. we can't hug. How about a pretend hug?
Anyway, your mom needs to wake up and see it's not working and listen to you. She doesn't know how you feel. Let me know how you are and I hope you get better. Blessings to you.

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@am3 I'm still thinking of you and hoping things are getting better. I know I sent a different message to you telling you a little about my life. I hope that was ok. I'm just so sad for you and can't imagine what it must be like. I'm a lucky person. I have hard things to deal with in my life, but yours is so big. You are strong through and I hope you find someone you can reach out too. Also, I hope your mom starts understanding what you are trying to tell her. She needs to listen. You are too special and I love you. I will be having surgery In June so will not be able to send you a message. Just know I haven't forgotten about you. I have to be in the hospital for 5 days and then recover. Just know I am here thinking of you and praying that you are better. Bless You.

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@lilypaws

@am3 I'm still thinking of you and hoping things are getting better. I know I sent a different message to you telling you a little about my life. I hope that was ok. I'm just so sad for you and can't imagine what it must be like. I'm a lucky person. I have hard things to deal with in my life, but yours is so big. You are strong through and I hope you find someone you can reach out too. Also, I hope your mom starts understanding what you are trying to tell her. She needs to listen. You are too special and I love you. I will be having surgery In June so will not be able to send you a message. Just know I haven't forgotten about you. I have to be in the hospital for 5 days and then recover. Just know I am here thinking of you and praying that you are better. Bless You.

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@am3, hi. My life experience sounds very similar to yours. My dad abandoned our family when I was 5. My mother was left to raise my brother and I with very little support. A few years later she began self-medicating her depression and anxiety with alcohol. At an early age, I became her support until she passed away at age 88. I know how afraid and lonely it can be in your position. I had very few friends and never let them in on my home life. I became depressed and had anxiety. After I got married at 23, to a very good man, I started to have bad panic attacks. I think it was attributed to stuffing my feelings all those years. I would get so angry about the way I was treated by my mother and no matter what I did, I wasn’t heard and it was never good enough. Medication for depression and anxiety has helped me a lot. The stigma of this need is lessening. It is no different than being treated for any physical illness. Finding a doctor who understands you is important to get on the right meds. I was lucky to find a MD to be willing to find the right combination of medications to help me. Talking to a therapist has helped me a great deal. You are so young, so it can be tricky getting on the right depression meds. My hope and prayer for you is that you can find a good professional support system. You deserve to be happy regardless of the choices your parents have made. I am going to stop here, but if I can help please reach out to me. Suz55

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@suz55

@am3, hi. My life experience sounds very similar to yours. My dad abandoned our family when I was 5. My mother was left to raise my brother and I with very little support. A few years later she began self-medicating her depression and anxiety with alcohol. At an early age, I became her support until she passed away at age 88. I know how afraid and lonely it can be in your position. I had very few friends and never let them in on my home life. I became depressed and had anxiety. After I got married at 23, to a very good man, I started to have bad panic attacks. I think it was attributed to stuffing my feelings all those years. I would get so angry about the way I was treated by my mother and no matter what I did, I wasn’t heard and it was never good enough. Medication for depression and anxiety has helped me a lot. The stigma of this need is lessening. It is no different than being treated for any physical illness. Finding a doctor who understands you is important to get on the right meds. I was lucky to find a MD to be willing to find the right combination of medications to help me. Talking to a therapist has helped me a great deal. You are so young, so it can be tricky getting on the right depression meds. My hope and prayer for you is that you can find a good professional support system. You deserve to be happy regardless of the choices your parents have made. I am going to stop here, but if I can help please reach out to me. Suz55

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Thank you for sharing your life story.
You gave excellent advice.
You have helped many.

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@suz55

@am3, hi. My life experience sounds very similar to yours. My dad abandoned our family when I was 5. My mother was left to raise my brother and I with very little support. A few years later she began self-medicating her depression and anxiety with alcohol. At an early age, I became her support until she passed away at age 88. I know how afraid and lonely it can be in your position. I had very few friends and never let them in on my home life. I became depressed and had anxiety. After I got married at 23, to a very good man, I started to have bad panic attacks. I think it was attributed to stuffing my feelings all those years. I would get so angry about the way I was treated by my mother and no matter what I did, I wasn’t heard and it was never good enough. Medication for depression and anxiety has helped me a lot. The stigma of this need is lessening. It is no different than being treated for any physical illness. Finding a doctor who understands you is important to get on the right meds. I was lucky to find a MD to be willing to find the right combination of medications to help me. Talking to a therapist has helped me a great deal. You are so young, so it can be tricky getting on the right depression meds. My hope and prayer for you is that you can find a good professional support system. You deserve to be happy regardless of the choices your parents have made. I am going to stop here, but if I can help please reach out to me. Suz55

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@suz55 I liked your post to @am3. I had a good experience growing up on a farm in Iowa, but I married my love who would go with me and then break up with me and I loved him soooo much. He finally came to me and wanted to stay with me. We got married and 11 days after our marriage he was killed in a car accident at 20 years old and also another good friend was killed with him. It was so tragic for me at the time that I turned to alcohol, but not now. My mom committed suicide at 69 and I'm 68. We have a son who is Bipolar 1. We have mental illness through our family. It is very inherited. Our son is a professor, but cannot teach because of his Bipolar 1 and some of it is the way he was raised. His dad was pretty hard on him and I know his wife who is also a professor is one of the reasons we have no contact. I haven't seen my 8 year old granddaughter since she was 3, but skype with her at her other grandmother in Chicago. My son and family live in NY and his wife teaches at Columbia and does research. Both of them are too smart for their own good. I can't even Mail anything to Marlowe and have to send cards and gifts to her grandmother in Chicago then she forwards them to Marlowe. It's something else and I just pray. All is in the past and I have had lots of counseling. I'm happy now and looking forward to my surgery. Sorry for telling my whole life story. I guess I had to get it out right now, but really I am OK. Blessings Jeanie

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@lilypaws Sorry for reading your story maybe I shouldnt have but this being an open forum I read all post to see if I can respond somehow. Its hard what grandmothers have to go through isnt it. Mine is 12 tomorrow and I cant see him I called tonight to wish him happy birthday but he was in the middle of something and his Dad my son said to call tomorrow morning so I will ,such is life . Take care

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