I was recently diagnosed with depression......I'm 18. Everything was fine up until a few months ago when I graduated. I was Valedeictorian, and through a program at my school, I was able to complete my Associate's degree at the same time. It should have been a happy time for me, but instead, I found myself spiraling downward into an unhappy person. Problems arose, and instead of tackling them with the confidence I had before, I built a wall. I pushed away friends and family. I'm struggling with school....not that the work is any harder, I've just lost desire and motivation. That applies to everything. I quit my church choir and stopped doing things on the weekend. I've gained a lot of weight, and I stopped tanning. I don't date anymore.
After talking to my doctor, she gave me Zoloft, and I thought it would be a magic remedy. Instead, I've had sleepless nights, nausea, and I'm not looking forward to gaining any more weight. I know that I will kick this, and I will find my motivation and happiness again, but I'm so lost right now. My friends really can't relate, and I just need reassurance that I'm not alone. Thanks!
I wanted to tell you welcome to Healing Well forum. We are glad to have you.
It is great that you were able to be Valedictorian of your school and also get your Associates degree at the same time. Some people can have Situational Depression when they have a major life change, like going off to college for example. An antidepressant in these type of cases is appropriate type of treatment for short term. Until the person is able to adjust and feels more stable usually 6-8 months. Perhaps Zoloft is just not the correct medication for you. Also in females any weight gain can certainly make depression worse. Maybe give you doctor a call and let them know how you are feeling. There are lots of good medications out that can help.
You are defiantly not alone in this. Please keep us updated on how you are doing and come back and post often. It can help......