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  1. I wouldn't say a word until absolutely necessary . . . and this necessity has to deal only with the relationship you have with him. No sense crossing the bridge until you get to it, if you do at all. Telling everything about yourself as soon as you step up to the play. . . no, no, you might as well the umpire to call two automatic strikes because you expect to strike out anyway. I could go on . . . but I think you know the rules and how to play the game
  2. The 'placebo' high is a concern which only time can determine to be true or false when switching meds, or deciding to do without altogether. I've tried to stay away from OTC products
  3. Hello (name?) The 'no-libido' really takes away more than others might guess. The fact of being consciously aware of the loss of arousal is difficult to accept. I'm trying to make to 6 weeks before coming to a decision about sticking with this med. I've never been a very good sleeper but now it has gotten worse - but have to admit I have felt a noticeable lessening of anxiety. That said, what are you taking the med for, anxiety or depression?
  4. Hello Charlee: I've seen your post regarding Sertraline for depression. I'm of the opinion with a lot of these medications that when you ask ten different doctors you'll get ten different answers. I take Sertraline for 'anxiety' and for as much as I can find out about it that seems to be its original intent. I take Bupropion for the 'depression' part of my circumstance. Sertraline, 25 mg, has certainly helped me in the way I respond to issues which I am certain would have provoked a negative reaction before taking the sertraline. I'm very interested in discovering other benefits which I expect in the near future, but, that said, I am letting the Bupropion do the work for depression. As you probably are aware, there are bothersome side effects that accompany sertraline, low or non-existent libido, some fatigue, nausea, all which I hope will subside during the next 4-5 weeks. I've been such a poor sleeper for many years that I'm unsure what to expect as far as that goes. The positive effect, in simple terms, is that I find I do not jump to conclusions when I hear or see things I don't necessarily agree with; a sure sign the drug is working. I'm enjoying every moment when I'm able to see myself in a different light. Actually, makes me a bit proud of the turnaround. Mind you, sertraline will not make you high or low, rather keep your mindset on an even keel. What are your thoughts? As an afterthought: 100 mg is a pretty high dosage. I'm sure I couldn't handle it. Perhaps talking to your doctor about a reduction may be beneficial.
  5. From what I can find out Sertraline is a two way street. Insomnia - yes, insomnia - no; racing mind yes, calm effect yes. 25 mg works for me, although has me feeling out of sorts quite a bit of the time. I can only imagine what 100 mg would feel like. Don't forget, I'm also on Bupropion.
  6. Possible . . . unfortunately, as with many psychological discoveries the answers are never as straight forward as we would assume or like them to be. A lot of unproven theory goes into diagnosis, mostly because we think that if something seems to make sense then it must be true. A broken bone seen on an x-ray is easy enough to validate, a broken mind is altogether different. Everything about the human body and mind is neurological to some degree and because of the multitude of factors which make us who we are the sources of mental illness are too varied to assume one size fits all. I wish it were so, sometimes when the answer is right under our noses we opt to look elsewhere, but for now I think that treating the individual with what is known instead of experimenting with possibilities is the best course of action. There are plenty of drugs in the lab which have been approved as 'one size fits all' . . . but we all know that isn't the case. Neurological? Possibly, and let's hope that is so, yet I think the answers for the reasons to mental illness are as varied as there are individuals.
  7. Understood: where I'm from everyone knows everyone. I'd like to say we go on the honor system but who knows what's said after I exit the store? Truth is, I don't mind all that much because the way I see it I'm helping to diffuse my personal circumstance while at the same time possibly helping the clerk or pharmacist to do the same.
  8. Hello (first name): I've long been a believer that stress is the main culprit behind both physical and mental disorders. Unfortunately, for so many the lessons learned and awareness of depression comes late in life. Nevertheless, the importance for the matter is when it is recognized, brought to the attention of a therapist or other medical professional, and steps are taken to improve the quality of life. Personally, I'm not a fan of talk therapy but would never shut the door or discredit use of it by another. I'm lucky, have a medical doctor I like and who allows me enough time to express my concerns without her too quickly saying I may be looking at things backward. I actually look forward to my visits.
  9. Hello: I've never heard anything about anxiety fueling libido. How do you explain one's level of libido pre-anxiety? I guess that what you say may be worth considering but I find that reasoning highly unlikely. I'll research more on the subject.
  10. I think that one of the 'good' signs to indicate progress in and acceptance of your situation dealing with depression and/or anxiety is going to the pharmacy, identifying yourself and openly saying that you've come to pick up a prescription. There's no sense in trying to hide what it is because the clerk can read as well as you and if they know how to do their job they'll treat you the same as any other customer. Every time I pick up a prescription for depression or anxiety I feel better for not having it mailed to me in an unidentifiable packet. Oddly, or not, this action actually helps me to feel better. How about you?
  11. Hi Charlee: Thanks for responding. I understand what you're saying, 50-50 with Sertraline. I've tried it in the past, 50 mg, and it completely zapped my libido so I discontinued usage. I'm now taking Bupropion for depression and this Sertraline for anxiety, 25 mg, which seems to be working but too early to tell for sure. I think that even the 25 mg might be effecting libido but I'm holding out hope that isn't so. I've never been a very good sleeper and still occasionally wake in the middle of the night but trying to force myself to remain in bed. Sometimes it works, others not so. I agree with you, 8 weeks may be long enough, especially when 8 weeks can seem like 8 months.
  12. I've been taking Bupropion for depression and now have added Sertaline for anxiety. I 'd like to hear from others who have tried sertraline and experienced a side effect of low libido - and how you've handled the change, if at all. Bupropion does not effect libido and I'm hoping the lower dosage of sertraline, 25 mg, doesn't counter its effect.
  13. I find your reply interesting: mid afternoon is also the time for me when fatigue sets in. That said, I am willing to stay the course because the anxiety I was experiencing has lessened. I have no plans to ask for an increase in dosage, currently 25 mg. Do you take Sertraline?
  14. The side effects of Sertraline can be horrendous and waiting for them to subside seem like forever. ?'s Fatigue seems to be my worst culprit. Have you tried cutting the dosage in half, take in mornings or evening, taking it with another medication (Wellbutrin), lost libido?
  15. Thanks for your informative replies. I found the 300 mg XL Wellbutrin raised my BP beyond management, I'm already taking BP meds, so I decided to lower the dosage to 150 mg. I've posted a concern on Wellbutrin combined with Sertraline which you may want to read and comment to. Thanks
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