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  1. Not that I know of - most people tell me I'm super easy going and calm. I really identify a lot more with the anxiety/depression descriptions, but I could definitely be wrong. I'm going to call him tomorrow and ask if it would be okay to try the Zoloft for another week just to see if I notice any improvements.
  2. Thanks deboriole! I actually called my psychiatrist today and he told me to stop taking it because the increased anxiety/dread could be a sign of underlying bipolar. I guess I'm sort of bummed out now because I made it this long, and it was all for nothing. I have no idea where to turn now :(
  3. Day 14: I am really struggling today. I have no idea what's going on, but I keep waking up at 3am and 4am with that awful dread feeling. It hasn't gone away all day :( I'm frustrated because I went to the gym last night and am really trying to do everything I can to help my body. Is it normal to still feel this way at the 2 week mark?
  4. Thanks so much! I really appreciate all of your support through these difficult few weeks :)
  5. Checking in on Day 13 :) Mornings are still very difficult for me. One silver lining about the increased anxiety is that it's helping me to very clearly identify my biggest triggers and worries, since everything is so amplified. Then on my walk to work today, I had these wonderful feelings of optimism and hope and none of these thoughts scared me anymore. It was over in about 20 minutes, but it was a welcome relief. I am worried that my anxiety/thoughts are still bad on Day 13, since most people seem to think the startup anxiety goes away after 1-2 weeks, so I'm reaching the end of that. Going to just stick with it though!
  6. Day 12! As you predicted, deboriole, I've definitely experienced some bad times, but they're becoming less frequent - especially at night! Last night, I actually went to sleep feeling calm and okay. When the negative thoughts came in, I felt like I could just brush them aside for the ridiculousness that they were. I'm still waking up very early (2am, 3am, 4am, etc) but this was a problem before Zoloft. I'm feeling hopeful that things are going to get better!
  7. Hi lisamarie3, I found SAM-e really helpful, along with the active forms of folate and B12 (I think they're called methylfolate and methylcobalamin). In the end, I needed more help than they could offer, but they definitely helped. Hope your daughter finds some relief!
  8. Today is Day 10 and things are finally looking so much better. I don't exactly feel good, but the horrible thoughts have lessened considerably. Hours go by without them, which is such a huge improvement! I am feeling closer to how things were right before Zoloft (not good, but not painful). I hope this means the side effects are starting to subside and the benefits will be on the way soon. Also, slightly TMI, but the sexual side effects have also subsided :)
  9. Thank you so much for your encouragement Tor - good luck with your adjustment to Zoloft and stay strong! The early days are the hardest. I think keeping a journal here is a great idea. I know it sounds a little "nutty", but when I first went on Zoloft and only felt the bad mood/anxiety side effects, I'd lay down and tell myself "The med is trying so hard to work right now that things are in chaos. Eventually it will work and things will settle down." I think it helped to remind myself that what I felt wasn't permanent, because as I'm sure you know, even 5 minutes with bad anxiety feels like 5 minutes too long. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, neurotic_lady89! I can't believe how nice everyone has been on this forum :) Really helps when starting something so unknown/scary. I tried telling myself the medicine is trying hard to work, and it really made me feel better. Kind of like we're a team or something!
  10. I'm just going to use this thread to journal & keep me sane :) Today is Day 8 (I made it one week!) - the anxiety is still constant and unbearable, but I have faith that it will get better. It has not introduced any new symptoms, just worsening of my existing symptoms, which makes me think it's acting on the right things. Hoping for brighter days in week 2!
  11. Hi NC86, I've read that depressed people actually develop different sleep architecture, rapidly entering/exiting REM sleep and missing out on the important deep sleep.
  12. Hi everyone, a few months ago after a major stressor, I started waking up every morning between 2-4am (I usually wake up around 7am). Since then, my symptoms have gotten worse and worse until I finally broke down and talked to a doctor, who helped me understand that I'm suffering from anxiety/depression. I've started taking an SSRI, and I'm just wondering if the medicine might help to improve my sleep? I know insomnia is a side effect, but I was hoping it might help me to start sleeping in again if there's less stress/worry on my mind all the time? So far I have no problem falling asleep. My mind just seems to wake up super early. Thank you!
  13. Hi deboriole, thank you so much for your response! You've given me tons of hope to hang in there. I'm so relieved to know that this is a normal response in the beginning. I don't even know if this is anxiety or depression, I just keep seeing my worst fears play over and over again. No matter how hard I try to meditate or think positively, they are consuming me. Oh well, I'm determined to stick with it. I'm okay with braving the storm for my future self! My doctor does not prescribe benzos, but that's okay - I will ask him about Hydroxyzine! Thanks very much for the tip :) I really, really appreciate your encouragement and kind words. I hope this is the start of a new path to happiness!
  14. Hi everyone, Thank you so much for this forum - it's been a lifesaver to read! I started taking Zoloft 6 days ago (25mg first 3 days up to 50mg for the past 3 days) for constant anxiety. I'm not experiencing any new symptoms or side effects, just a worsening of my condition. I've had a constant feeling of dread in my heart, which is 5x worse on Zoloft now. My thoughts are endlessly negative and afraid, although no suicidal thoughts. I've read that the worsening of anxiety can be common with SSRIs for the first few weeks, so should I just stick it out? This is absolutely miserable :( Thanks!
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