Withdrawal from Zoloft / Sertraline after short term use

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Cattia
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   Posted 11/9/2017 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. I am new here and looking for some advice, experience or encouragement. I am a long term sufferer of anxiety which has from time to time led me to become depressed. I had a particularly difficult time over the summer and was prescribed Sertraline. I built up to 50mg over a couple of weeks. By week 5 I was more depressed although slightly less anxious. I was totally exhausted all the time and had lost all motivation. I decided to stop taking Sertraline. I weaned down quite quickly as I had been on the drug a short time. I took 25mg for a couple of days, 12.5mg for a couple more, then two days on 7mg then stopped. In total I was on the drug for 6 weeks including tapering up and down.
Now I feel sure I am having withdrawal even though the Dr and pharmacist told me I wouldn't on this low dose for a short time. I've had some mild vertigo, brain fog, crying over nothing and major fatigue. Seeing as I have health anxiety and CFS/ME is one of my big health fears this isn't helping me.
I had horrendous side effects on the Sertraline. My doctor has suggested prozac which has worked well for me in the past but at the moment I'm just a confused mess of wondering how much is the withdrawal, how much is stress and anxiety and whether there is actually something seriously wrong with me that makes me feel so rubbish every day. Any advice gratefully received.

Myself 09
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   Posted 11/9/2017 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety often causes withdrawal symptoms. They are not in your head, they are real withdrawal symptoms. But, they are caused by anxiety rather than medication. It is an important difference. By focusing on the fear of problems with withdrawal, you notice any symptoms and enhance them. This is coming from someone with anxiety as well as depression--so I get it. But take a deep breath, and move forward, it will go away.

They are real--but they are temporary.
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Cattia
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   Posted 11/11/2017 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
You're right that I am definitely hyper focused on these symptoms because of my anxiety. I do think that this drug has made me worse. Since I came off it I'm having flu like symptoms, extreme fatigue and dizziness which I didn't have with the original anxiety, but on top of that I've got the original anxiety back too! I'm unsure what my next step is but I'm going to try to get through this without drugs if I can after this experience. Thank you for your advice, it really helps to hear from someone who understands.

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   Posted 11/11/2017 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
If you don't want to be on drugs, learn meditation and breathing exercises. Both of which works for me.

Mindfulness.org is another help.

Hugs, Karen...
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Cattia
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   Posted 11/11/2017 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, I am working on this too. I do use self hypnosis which does help me.

getting by
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   Posted 11/11/2017 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
That is good, you can control a lot with your mind. I wish you the very best Cattia...

Keep posting, it does help.

Hugs, Karen...
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   Posted 11/13/2017 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Cattia.
Sorry to read about your condition. I feel for you. I've been through a decade long depression myself and started looking for natural solutions on my own.

I went through the meditating & breathing thing that did help me but the winning combination for me was dealing with underlying emotional blocks/bagage. Hypnotherapy is useful to get rid of those but the key is the to find those hidden causes. Well, long story short, I have been able to do that myself learning from books. I've also been able to clear blocks to break free from other fears.

I'm so happy with the results I've decided to help people with similar problems. If you're interested you can pm me.

Good luck & have a good day.
Ben.
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