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I recently switched from Lexapro 20 mg To Zoloft 200 mg (worked my way up to 200 by increasing 50 mg each week per Drs. orders). A brief past history, I suffer from OCD depression panic disorders. Have been off and on anti ds for years. The Lexapro worked well but as with most anti ds after a few years they seem to "fizzle" out. Noticed that the depression OCD and panic attacks were worsening. That bleak feeling of depression and dread creeping back in, knew it was time to switch it up.
I talked to my Dr told her whats was going on and tried zoloft. As my siblings suffer from the same problems and it seemed to work for them. Started off at 50mg Zoloft and slowly weaned off the lexapro while ramping up to my target dose of 200 mg lexapro. I was waiting for that few days of feeling out of it, like shit, mood destabilization, etc that comes with switching anti ds or going on and off. Didn't feel any difference until 1 week after being on a steady target dose of 200mg Zoloft. Boy when it hit it fn hit, a 48 hour panic attack mood wings that would change literally by the second, my body and appendages feeling weird etc. Past the 48 hours of hell the depression anxiety mood destabilization was still there but letting up and starting to feel better. That was last week, I'm feeling better now. Some waves of anxiety but nothing like it was, Thankfully.
However I have been sleeping until like 5 pm each day since 1 week after hitting 200 mg despite what time I go to bed, totally debilitating. I would wake up thinking its 8am and its 5pm sleeping, like a stone. It seems to have have eased some since last week (I have been able to get up before 3pm), but I feel drugged as shit when I wake up. Like no matter what I just can't pull myself out of bed, never had this problem before. On top of that last night I had bad insomnia, even took a xanax (which im prescribed as needed for breakthrough anxiety) couldn't help me sleep. I have read one of the most common reported side effects of Zoloft is insomnia, and I'm guessing these are both sides of the medication. I have been on anti ds before that made me feel drowsy the first week or so until my body adjusted but nothing like this..
Anti depressants CAN help, although they are not they only way as the other guy suggests.
I used to suffer from OCD and zoloft, personally, helped me, although everyone is different. Unfortunately, it takes a few weeks for the side effects to subside and to notice if it is helping you.
Take the medicine as your doctor suggests, but in addition find a good cognitive behavioral therapist in your area and start seeing them, exercise, eat a healthy diet, and start a regular mindfulness/meditation practice. Depression/anxiety will not go away on its own, you have to fight it, and trust me I know, it is hard.
Research shows that CBT is the most effective way to treat these issues. It can and does work, but the mental exercises you do will feel weird at first. Do them anyway. For OCD the treatment, similar to that of approach anxiety, is exposure therapy. For depression you have to start training you brain to think positively rather than negatively, which feels un-natural at first but you will get there with effort.
I have taken zoloft before to the point where it kicked in. And my personal opinion on it is its fucking stupid as shit. Waste of money(if ur not covered) and u feel like shit for the first couple weeks, and still feel like shit even when it kicks in. U feel weird thats the only way i can describe it. I would despise ssris after that. But perhaps my depression wasnt that bad so it might help other people with more severe cases. Regardless i would do other things to cure depression. I know you shouldnt subsitute other drugs but i rather smoke weed if that helps.
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