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  1. Don't fret. It took my body some time to adjust....my friend, too.....it took both of us between 2 and 4 weeks before things evened out. So, stay with it. Things WILL improve! Best of luck!
  2. good for you CrystalClear! I wanted to update this thread and say that I am still doing extremely well. I still have that gitty feeling and my life is much more full and fulfilling. I even applied for, and was offered a job! I will be working with developmentally challenged adults and can't wait to help them be all they can be in life. I have also started writing a novel (yes, seriously!). On top of that, this is all while experiencing a rather large health scare with my husband who was diagnosed with pericarditis (inflamation of the lining of the heart). It was scary and it has been a long road....5 weeks for him of rest and recovery.....5 weeks of him not working so our finances are strained....BUT, we faced it all with a smile (he was told to stay stress-free as much as possible!) and we are out on the other side now and he is back to work. I swear if it wasn't for the Zoloft I would have been a puddle on the floor of the ER when we thought he was dying (he had an acute attack brough on by a virus....docs thought it was a heart attack!)......and I would have been in a very low place thinking about our finances and his not working....not knowing when he would be back to work. But the entire time all I could think of was things were happening exactly as they should be. Now, he has recovered, and the event nudged me toward work that I find very fulfilling. I continue getting out for appointments, juggling 2 kids in school and 2 more adult kids, pets, a new job, house chores and research/writing. Life is good. I still get this feeling at times, though, that I am VERY busy and I expect that any time I am going to crash.....it's still a little hard to believe this is me -- my life -- but I'm slowly trusting it all.....one day at a time. :)
  3. PMDD -- an it is working miracles....I haven't felt this good in years...I'm excited for life and I have the passion, motivation and energy to back it up. I can't tell you how happy I am. Best choice I have ever made!
  4. I think it depends on the med you take. Zoloft for me doesn't at all make me feel like a zombie.....paxil did, however. I have never experienced agressive behaviour on any AD/AA meds I have been on.... For me, the option of going on zoloft was much better than leaving it....I am SO glad I did!
  5. Thanks so much for the responses....it helps to know that I'm not alone! I think you are right, Tamer, that sometimes feeling 'good' is a strange and uncomfortable feeling. Who knew that feeling good is something we may have to 'get used to'! Thanks, Focusnbalance. Thanks for telling me you experienced the giddy feeling as well and that the sertraline is still working for you! I think you are right and I will try to focus on the 'new me' and what I want for myself. :) I have been extremely active these last couple of weeks....far more than I was before....I've kept appointments and continue to make them. (an amazing feat for me!) It feels good, and I look forward to more of the same. :)
  6. So fantastic. I hope to achieve what you have! You're an inspiration!
  7. Hi everyone! So, I have been on 50mg of Zoloft for 2 weeks now and I am feeling leaps and bounds better. I feel so much more together and able to cope. My thoughts are more positive than they have been in a long time. It almost makes me gitty to think about it.....BUT, that is kind of the problem.....it feels almost 'too good to be true'. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't know if I am just not used to feeling this way?? I want to enjoy this! But, those little fleeting thoughts that it's not 'real' and that it won't last forever concern me. :( I am loving this....but I feel like I could be sabatoging it!
  8. Hi All, Today marks day 4 taking Sertraline and, aside from the more common side effects my throat seems tight and the back of my throat/tongue is tingly/itchy. If I hadn't taken Zoloft for 7 months almost 10 years ago I would consider the possibility of this being an allergic reaction?? This started yesterday. I really noticed it today within an hour of taking my pill. Before my pill in the morning I hadn't noticed a thing, then bam. Could I have developed an allergy? Or is this simply part of the jaw/muscle clenching that I am experiencing (and also experienced last time, as well) ?? I feel like I should go to the clinic tomorrow to be sure..... Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks!
  9. I am just noticing that I am experiencing this today...I have had it in the past, but not for quite some time...until today. I am on day 3 of Zoloft and I think it may be related to the jaw clenching that I am experiencing....I imagine all those jaw/mouth/tongue muscles are connected. It is extremely uncomfortable. I like the breathing and yoga suggestions....I will give them a shot. I hope the throat issues resolve for you soon!
  10. I'm on my first day 50mg Sertraline, but I have taken it before close to 10 years ago. I honestly don't remember what my initial days were like but I do remember jaw clenching and bowel issues after 7ish months. I was diagnosed with panic disorder close to 20 years ago and I'm extremely uncomfortable with the idea that it might trigger panic attacks during the initial use. I have Ativan for back up but I'm really hoping I won't need it. What has been your experience with the first 5 days? Have you experienced any type of energy bursts? (I was told I may experience that as well) Anxiety? Feeling 'stoned'? I don't remember feeling 'out of it' with Zoloft, but I can tell you that Prozac and Paxil both made me feel 'stoned' almost with the first dose. I don't like that....sigh. I hope that you start feeling some positive changes soon!
  11. Thank you for the warm welcomes. It's hard to 'do this' on our own...this is the first time I've reached out on a forum. It's nice to know you are not alone -- it's huge....really. I just took my first dose of Zoloft and I'm feeling rather anxious wondering how it will make me feel and if I will experience anxiety for the first while....imagine that....anxiety over if I will experience anxiety. :online2long: I have some ativan for back up....but I'm really hoping I won't have to use it. I look forward to getting to know you all. :)
  12. I just wanted to say you are most certainly not alone. I could have written your original post quite literally word for word. I still struggle. It's one of the first things I have discussed with my doctor....what I call my 'existential crisis' and finding meaning in the things I do and experience. I was very interested to see reference to 'existential OCD' in another thread here. It's something that I am interested in reading up on.
  13. Hi everyone. My name is Tara and I'm glad to have come across these forums. I have been fighting the depression battle for close to 2 decades now, being diagnosed with PPD back in 95. I have had better times, and not so great times since then. I have been on many different AD meds over the years. I was doing quite well these last 5 years or so, but now it seems that PMDD has a grip on me and I am back with my doctor getting help. I am in counselling ever 3 weeks and my doctor has put me on 50mg Zoloft to kick things off. I'm glad to be here and I look forward to getting to know you all. :)
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