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   Posted 1/10/2011 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hello. I'm new to this site. I recently sought help for depression. I felt mysellf becoming numb to life itself. I work as a nurse and also knew the signs and symptoms, in fact I often told them to patients I was treating. But my own life I felt was a lie or fake personna. I stopped visiting my family and friends. Wanting to instead just be at home or alone. I have children but felt myself isolating myself from their interest and activities. I would tell myself that tomorrow would be better, that I would clean the house, wash the clothes, go out. But in reality none of that occuured.
 I finally pick up the phone and called my doctor. I started Zoloft 1 week ago. I know that it takes time for the effects to be fully seen. But now I have a little hope for the future. I trying to deall with the side effects of the Zoloft. Thirst, decreased appetite, yawning, etc... Hopefully these decrease after a while.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/10/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I am glad that you have decided to join us here. You will find support and validation of your feelings, and everybody is so kind and compassionate.

I think in a couple of weeks your side effect will subside. And it takes a good six to eight weeks for the antidepressant to reach the full potential. So be patient, lol... Be a patient... I know that it is hard, but you will find that the members here understand what you are going through and can relate to how you feel. Being that you are already feeling somewhat better is a good sign. Often we see the benefits from the medication early on. I am happy for you.

Keep on posting and let us know how you are doing. Often it may take more than one try to find the medication that is right for you. But you might be one of the lucky ones and get it on the first time. I hope that you do. But if you aren't satisfied with the zoloft, as you know, there are many others to choose from.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Well done to you, that must have been really hard.

When I was nursing, part of what made me a good nurse was my ability to disengage my emotions for the sake of my patients, and then pick me up at the door as I left work. This was for two reasons, my job was to focus fully on them and thier needs, and because I would not be able to function with my baggage, plus the emotions that the job deliver.

It is fantastic that you have been able to recongnise that it was more than just needs to be done professionally.

Good luck on your recovery
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