afernoon slump...

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addie2629
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   Posted 9/12/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok everyone, I was on 50mg Zoloft for the last year and increased to 75mg for about a week and now have increased to 100mg for the last 9days. My anxiety has improved greatly and my afternoon panic attacks seem to have subsided. Overall, I feel more good days then not BUT now my afternoon period of anxiety seems to be a "slump" now where I feel more depressed from about 1-3. Could this be me adjusting to the Zoloft and it hasn't balanced out my system yet? I'm not used to the depression side of it, hence the postpartum depression/anxiety dx. I'm sure my hormones are trying to straighten out as well but its frustrating!! I've read about manic states from Zoloft and of course that sends my anxiety soaring.  Give the med more time?? Any thoughts????   Thanks for the support!!!

stkitt
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   Posted 9/12/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I would give the med more time.  My opinion is the medicine has not been taken for a long enough period of time. Just as when you started on Zoloft you must give the increase in medication time to work. 
 
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addie2629
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt for the comforting!  Logically, I know I need to give the increase in med more time but as we all know, our anxiety minds tend to take over our rational thinking at times!  I go back to the doc next week so I'll see how I feel then.
 
 

stkitt
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
addie,
 
Your very welcome.  I stopped a lot of the meds before giving them a chance due to the side effects that I just could not get through.  But the last new med,  I promised myself I would give it the full time as I was down to few choices left and some I would not take at all.
 
I still would like to be med free but have to keep accepting that I don't like the consequences of that choice.
 
Take care and gentle hugs,
 
Kitt
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   Posted 9/13/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Addie, just a suggestion...don't know about meds, but I used to naturally get an afternoon slump/fatigue just from my metabolism. Maybe try to have a high protein/complex carbohydrate snack (cottage cheese w/ whole wheat crackers, or a kashi fruit and nut bar) and do a little light exercise (if your past your 6 wk. pp period) both these things helped me to perk up in the afternoon-it's worth a try:)
Feel well,
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   Posted 9/13/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know why either, but I've tended to see the afternoons as being the most challenging time of day. My anxiety tends to peak in the early to mid-afternoon. Maybe it's because I'm the furthest from sleep which is a more peaceful time (getting up and going to bed). Maybe it has something to do with changes in body chemistry and our internal clocks. I don't know...

I practice my breathing exercises every day so that if/when I start to panic they are second nature and I don't have to think in the moment "oh crap... now what was I supposed to do?". Because of the afternoon anxiety peaks I've made a point of doing most of these practice sessions during that time frame. They have a calming effect... why not use them then? It's not a cure-all, but it helps. I know what you described was more of a slump than a peak, but whatever techniques you may use for depression (such as positive affirmations or sitting outside on a nice day) may be helpful specifically during that time.

addie2629
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   Posted 9/13/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your responses!  Last night I woke up around 230 hot flashing and sweating! Then today around 130, the anxiety hit again (or hot flash with pounding heart) instead of the slump feeling. Who knows! I am getting ready to go home from work so I think I will eat a snack, take my girls for a walk, and practice my breathing exercises on the way.  I'm pretty sure this all hormonal right now and I haven't gotten the full effect of the increased Zoloft yet but man I wish I could hurry up my body's hormones back in order after having the baby! I haven't even started my periods back yet and I am almost 4 months postpartum and quit nursing completely about 3-4 weeks ago.  thanks again for all the support!
Hope everyone is having a good day :)
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