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  1. Giantsfan

    Zoloft irritability. Am I Bipolar 2

    Ok so I’m off the Zoloft. I slept for hours on end, started to get real bad apathy/anhedonia. How long until I get back to where I was? I hate the medication merry go round
  2. Giantsfan

    Zoloft irritability. Am I Bipolar 2

    How should I feel when the SSRI actually starts working?
  3. So I just started on 12.5mg of Zoloft for the past couple of days. Yesterday was really strange! My mood was fluctuating between normal and kind of low/flat. Then last night I noticed anxiety/ irritability like crankiness/ feeling on edge/ I just could not get physically comfortable. It felt like I had to move. I just laid in bed waiting for the feeling to pass which it did. Around 9pm I took 1mg melatonin which my dr said I could. I slept for two hours. Had a horrible vivid nightmare! Woke up in a panic, shaking. I was up and wide awake. It felt like I was trembling inside. I took two Benadryl, again which my dr said I could and slept another 3-4 hours. I woke up this morning around 4:30 and I have just been laying around since. So is the brief episode of internal irritability a sign of Bipolar? I wasn’t verbally irritated, I just felt irritated on the inside. I read somewhere that Zoloft can cause suprise dysphoric mania. Now I’m scared. I’m also on Wellbutrin for the past 2 years, but I never felt like that when I started. My anxiety has been all over the place yesterday. At times it felt like I was trembling inside. Will the insomnia subside? Was the crankiness unusual?
  4. Giantsfan

    I’m scared to start taking Zoloft. Help!

    So I started the Zoloft. Dr prescribed 25mg. I cut it in half. So far anxiety is less. My depression seems to be kind of like “feeling blah and slightly down”.
  5. Giantsfan

    I’m scared to start taking Zoloft. Help!

    Thanks for the feedback. Last night my anxiety was so bad I could hardly sleep. I woke up a lot. This inability to sleep well has happened many times over the past 3 weeks. I feel like I’m psyching myself out! But I just can’t relax before bed. I dread going into work. My pdoc encouraged me not to walk out unless I had something else lined up. My depression got so bad the first time that I had to be out of work for several months, a couple of years ago. The psysichal symptoms I had were almost as bad as the depression it felt like my head was in a vice and my eyes constantly hurt. I was dizzy, anxious and crying all the time just trying to make it through the day. I don’t want to go back to that place!
  6. So for the past 2 years I’ve been taking Wellbutrin 300mg XL. It has done a fairly good job of keeping my depression at bay. Recently after returning from vacation, which was three weeks ago, I’ve had a lot of anxiety. Sometimes this anxiety can be intense. I have linked the anxiety to the fact that I don’t like where I work (retail). My schedule is constantly all over the place I have a college degree in a high demand field, but it’s been tough trying to find a job locally. I’ve had to deal with a lot of people telling me “Your Overqualified”. The constant rejection from jobs I’ve applied for plus hating my current job has created this anxiety. I want to leave so badly, but it’s like I can’t! I’ve got a very supportive wife who stuck with me when I first got Depressed. I’ve tried therapy, but it seems like the techniques taught in CBT are barley helping me anymore. I feel my anxiety is also starting to affect my depression some. My pdoc saw that I was very anxious in his office yesterday (I was sweating, foot bouncing, feeling very tense, and had a deep sense of dread). I told him it had become hard to go into work for me, I dreaded going into work everyday. My pdoc suggested I add a little bit of Zoloft to my current dose of Wellbutrin. He seemed worried that I might spiral down further if I couldn’t get my anxiety under control. so my question is will the Zoloft turn me into a zombie devoid of all emotions? I like feeling the love I have for my wife, I’m scared to take the Zoloft in fear of “my life being ruined” like you see in some of the negative reviews online. Should I take it? Please help! I need some positive encouragement. P.S. My pdocpicked Zoloft because my mom takes is and dad takes Zoloft and Wellbutrin and my grandfather took it after open heart surgery all with great success. I also did a genetic cheek swab a few years ago and it picked Wellbutrin and Zoloft as good candidates for me.
  7. For the last 2 years I am perscribed 300mg of Wellbutrin XL and 0.5mg to 1mg of Ativan (Daily as needed) I do not abuse the Ativan and only take one of the 0.5mg pills and split it in half to .25mg as needed. It has been a couple of months since I last took any Ativan. However, I took one .25mg last weekend and ever since it wore off I have experienced moderate anxiety and mild depression. I went back on the Ativan only to find that the symptoms went away. My question is do you think the Wellbutrin is wearing off? Should I ask my Dr to increase to 450mg? Or should I slowly taper off the Ativan? My pharmacist seems to think I may have become dependent. I was going to taper the Ativan like this... 1/4 of a 0.5 mg tablet 2x a day for two weeks then 1/8 of a pill (I'll split them with a razor blade or use a nail file) for 2 weeks then take crumbs if I need to for two weeks. I work a full time job and need to be able to support my family. No horror stories please. what would be a good med to add to the Wellbutrin if the anxiety does not subside? Please no horror stories. I really need positive feedback.
  8. Giantsfan

    Dealing with it again

    Update: I've been having a lot of aniexty, worried about the future, worried about my depression. I'm so nervous that I might relapse, I had a panic attack at work yesterday. I also had a hard time sleeping again last night, my work schedule is all over the place, I didn't get out of work yesterday until 11pm. I woke up to more anxiety, so I had to take another .5mg of Ativan. (Though I fought it mentally not to take the Ativan, but I wound up taking it anyway). After about 45min I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was almost back to normal.
  9. Giantsfan

    Dealing with it again

    Yes. I am dealing with my mom who has basically been diagnosed with a terminal condition. I just hope I don't go way down again, it was dibilitating last time.
  10. Giantsfan

    Dealing with it again

    Hello, My battle with depression and anxiety has been long. I fought for a year and a half to get better, after trying many different medications, I finally found that 300mg of Wellbutrin XL worked wonders. I felt very close to my old self. My Pdoc also prescribed Ativan 0.5 mg (up to 2x a day if I need it). I went through 8 months of CBT which also helped a lot. Long story short I was depression free for 18 months. I returned to work and I am able to hold down a full time job and I am married to the most amazing woman who stuck with me through it all. I take my Wellbutrin like clockwork. However about 4 days ago I took my prescribed dose of Ativan (1 pill of .5mg) because my anxiety kicked into overdrive at 1am about a major family stressor I am dealing with. I had not taken a single Ativan pill in almost 3 months. I went back to sleep after about an hour. However, the next day and for the past 3 days I have felt "off" somewhat depressed, loss of interest, feeling alone, brain fog. It comes and goes in waves. I just want to feel better again! I hate feeling like this. Any support will be appreciated.
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