Zoloft and/or other SSRI Users, Help Needed...

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Faith224
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   Posted 10/5/2017 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

I have antenatal depression and anxiety. After months of torture, I decided to give zoloft a try on 08/11. At first, I started at 12.5, then to 25, and now 50 mg for the last 4 weeks. Last week, (week 7) I felt so much better again and could do things I could not do in a long time. However, for the last few days, my anxiety and depression has been creeping up again. Does this mean I need a higher dose of the meds or is it normal to have some off days? Please help.

F27
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   Posted 10/5/2017 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Faith, it's quite normal to have off days when using SSRI's. Generally what you'll experience is that your off days aren't quite as 'off' as they used to be. Thankfully, most modern day antidepressants don't limit us from feeling bad - if they did, we wouldn't have the requisite perspective to feel good.

In my long experience with AD's, what you're experiencing is common and expected.

Faith224
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   Posted 10/5/2017 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So very glad to hear-I’m very encouraged by your post and really appreciate it. It’s so frustrating to wait so long to experience relief and then get it for a week before it goes away again. You’re right though, it’s def not as bad as it was.

I hope your AD’s have been good to you!
Feel Good,

-Faith

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   Posted 10/5/2017 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
You may need a medication adjustment as you are in early stages. Some people need more than others. Make sure you let the doctor know what is going on. But as F27 said, we still have our ups and downs even with medication.

I hope you feel better soon Faith224.

Hugs, Karen...
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Faith224
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   Posted 10/6/2017 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, getting by. I have been in close contact with my psychiatrist, who likes everyone with anxiety/depression to be around 100 mg. I am just trying to stay at the lowest possible effective dose due to pregnancy.
Feel Good,

-Faith

getting by
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   Posted 10/6/2017 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your pregnancy. I totally understand where you are coming from.

I hope that things work out so you can feel better.

Hugs, Karen...

PS with the pregnancy, things may be becoming hormonal.
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Faith224
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   Posted 10/6/2017 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much, and I absolutely agree! Also dealing with bouts of low blood pressure and fluctuating hormones nonstop, especially in my third trimester. Thanks for all of your help and feedback. It’s wonderful to be in the company of such supportive people.

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   Posted 10/6/2017 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
You are welcome Faith...

Hugs, Karen...
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Faith224
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   Posted 10/15/2017 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

Just wanted to update you. I am continuing to have a lot of better days, but they are always followed by some anxiety ridden days with crying spells. I am trying to keep in mind that I am 32 weeks pregnant, but I’m feeling kind of worried. I have been on this medicine since aug 11, at 12.5, gradually increasing to 50 mg 5 weeks ago. I guess I’m just seeking reassurance that ups and downs are normal after two full months on these?

Thanks so much

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   Posted 10/15/2017 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You will get ups and downs. That is normal. But you should have more good days than not.

I use to find that some of the anxiety was due from not being use to feeling good. Sometimes I would catch myself trying to undermine my own happiness. If you aren't use to feeling good, sometimes it is scary in the beginning. Just a thought.

I am glad you are having better days Faith. That is what we all want. I often think if we had all good days, we wouldn't know what to appreciate.

Hugs, Karen...
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Faith224
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   Posted 10/16/2017 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, getting by. I am much better overall, but notice good days followed by bad days, then followed by good days again-so weird! A bad day always terrifies me after going through such serious depression.

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   Posted 10/17/2017 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   
this is kind of normal. To have a bad day here and there. But you should have more good than bad eventually.

I hope you have a good day today Faith.

Hugs, Karen...
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kellyinCali
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   Posted 10/17/2017 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Faith - When is the last time you saw the P-doc? Honestly, if I were taking my meds faithfully for 2 full months and I was still depressed, I would probably ask for a different med. 2 months is long enough for a psyche med to reach full therapeutic level. Of course, there is no "magic pill." *sigh*

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   Posted 10/17/2017 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Faith,

I hope you have talked to you OB/gyn about you depression/anxiety. This is important.

You are correct that being pregnant do reek havoc with emotions, more so with some people than others.

Do you use coping skills? Meditation, mindfulness, breathing, SELF-KINDNESS AND COMPASSION. Karen is correct that bad days can be expected, that is why skills are so important..

I suggest self soothing skills and self-kindness, not only for you, but for the love of you but for you child also.
Here is a link to assist you if you need information...

Positive Self-soothing techniques:

dbtselfhelp.com/html/self-sooth.html

Negative self soothing techniques, can become addictive:

/www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/201505/whats-the-downside-self-soothing

Peace and strength
Trina
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