Zoloft for depersonalization

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Recently Quit I am a 25 year old female who has been struggling with severe panic/depersonalization disorder for 5 years now. It began in college, and is getting worse everyday. I now have full blown 24/7 depersonalization which I define as a “constant detachment from reality” to where it’s like you are “on autopilot everyday, as if I’m not in control of my thoughts and actions”. This has been going on for 5 years now.
Hello, I have been prescribed Xanax XR 1 mg, once a day and Zoloft 100 mg. I take Zoloft regularly every morning but I try to take as less of Xanax as possible. I was also prescribed Ambien 10 mg for insomnia. I have been on Ambien for 4 months already. I cannot fall asleep without the medication. If I skip taking it, I frequently wake up through the night and sometimes I even have nightmares. Sometimes, even, when I do take it, I will get up in the middle of the night and start eating.
Even the infectious diseases specialist didn't want to see me once he learned my HIV tests were negative. My doctor suggested taking Zoloft, but I refused for now because I don't want to be addicted to any kind of medication like this especially if we are not sure what it is exactly. I would fully accept DR/DP as a cause of my problems, but what about photophobia, fatigue or sunken eyes I also suffer? Can these symptoms also have psychological base??
Sitting around watching TV or playing games is not healthy for anyone, but even worse for those of us dealing with depression. The more you do....the more you'll want to do. At first you have to push yourself, but do it. You don't want to wake up and old man one day and wonder where your life went. Decide today to take your life back and you steer the boat! You're so young with so much living to do....don't miss a moment of it! Best wishes!
Hi folks, I would like to know your opinion about my problem. I am on Zoloft for panic attack (I head hydrops of my inner ear, so I stressed myself that I could lose my hear and after successful treatment of hydrops I had panic attack) almost 6 weeks. At beginning I made mistake and used Zoloft 2 times per day (totally dosage 100mg). I couldn't sleep (I slept usually 3-4 hrs per day max), I had no appetite, no sex drive, I have had acne on my face and back a lot (normally I haven't any).
I have been living with severe anxiety and depression along with depersonalization for the last 6 months. I just started cymbalta 60mg. Was wondering if anyone thinks this might help with the anxiety and depersonalization feelings?
It's my second day of zoloft and im hoping that itll kick in soon, especially with the clonzapem helping it along
Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with your doctor. Depersonalization and derealization are terms used to describe a state of detachment from reality and a sensation that the surrounding world is somehow not real or that the person experiencing these symptoms is not connected to it. These terms are predominantly used in the description of states related to psychiatric/psychological disorders.
I take meds and I think my doctor is going to change them. I take 50 MG of Zoloft everyday. Is a possible side-affect of Zoloft worsening depression, because I see on commercials for anti-depressants that side-affects can be new or worsening depression. I just really need some tips and advice. My mom said it could be something hormonal because I'm at that age and I haven't even had my first period yet. And isn't depression/anxiety a chemical imbalance in your brain or something?
I walked out of that hospital with a prescription for Zoloft, Klonopin, and a $7,000 bill.). They told me that DP was a symptom of off-the-charts anxiety. (I don't know if I really believe that because I never experienced DP before stopping Prozac and trying the other medications.) Now, I have lost everything due to my mental illness. I live at my parents' house and hardly ever leave my room.
I guess it's called depersonalization? But can it happen Constantly? I also have floaters, halos, white lights in my vision and doubled vision. Like, if I focus on an object, whatever other object is behind it or beside it is doubled. If you know what I mean? And when I sleep my body also vibrates. I have obsessive thoughts, I do obsessive things, I am constantly thinking, and feel like I have some kind of disease that the doctors cannot find.
I have been on zoloft for two weeks and the side effects are still pretty bad, without any benefits (it seems like it has been two years!). (I have tried lexapro, paxil, and celexa, but zoloft was the first AD I have taken and from my first experience seemed to produce the least side effects for me (although this time seems bad). I know it takes awhile for SSRI's to get working and initial side effects are common. I started taking 25mgs for a week and have been on 50mgs for a week.
Started taking Zoloft yesterday for my anxiety/panc attacks.... I'm prescribed 25 mg I took half of that to start out with gonna take other half today and continue with the halves to see how I feel on them before taking full dose doc said that's fine...my question is if anyone has experience with Zoloft what was it did it help? Side effects? I felt nauseas and had energy after I took the half then a few hrs later sleepy ..also not hungry...
1) If the Zoloft isn't work by now, would it by wise to look around for other meds, or even taper off, and continue with the theropy like I did before, and keep the Xanax for emergancies? 2) If I taper off the Zoloft/Xanax, will my anxiety become worst than ever? 3) Is it fairly common for people taking Zoloft to experience "out of touch/disconnected" feelings? 4) Am I in good hands with these meds, even with all the suicide issues about anti-depressants on the news?
I have been on Zoloft for about 7 to 8 months now and I have experienced little side-effects. I was recommened it after about 4 months of severe depression and anexity/panic attacks. I am now 17 years old and on 25 mgs a day. I would recommened Zoloft for anexity suffereing people because it subsides anexity completely, for me anyway. The only side-effects after taking it for this long period has been hair loss. I think this is a possible side-effect with any antidepressant.
I have been on zoloft for two weeks and the side effects are still pretty bad, without any benefits (it seems like it has been two years!). (I have tried lexapro, paxil, and celexa, but zoloft was the first AD I have taken and from my first experience seemed to produce the least side effects for me (although this time seems bad). I know it takes awhile for SSRI's to get working and initial side effects are common. I started taking 25mgs for a week and have been on 50mgs for a week.
And what do you think is causing the depersonalization and decreased lebido...the Zoloft or the Xanax? I appreciate your advice. Thanks!
My doctor (psychiatrist) took me off ZOlOFT. I was on Zoloft for about 5 months at a max dosage of 100mg. When he decided to take me off he did the tapering down process in 25mg increments every five days so I thought that was a good tapering process. I even asked my family doctor and he said yeah that is a safe way to get off the med. I took my last 25mg dose this past Monday night.
Zoloft can cause excessive stimulation in many people, and you sound like you are one of them. When that happens, you have to lower the dose or try another medication. Adding klonopin instead of xanax might also help, but remember that withdrawal from xanax without replacement with klonopin has to be gradual.
My doctor put me on Zoloft 50mg at first due to my increased anxiety (fear of having panic attacks at work) because I have had panic attacks since they died. However, he then increased it to 100mg after two weeks (which I thought was too soon because doesnt it take 5 weeks for it to kick in?) and my anxiety has subsided but I feel like a zombie everyday.
Hi Neptune, I really feel for you; I've had depersonalization /derealization and it's an awful feeling. Mine comes and goes, but yours sounds like it started because of the accident you witnessed. Even though you weren't directly involved, you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If not that, the information on the Mayo's website said that seeing an accident can bring on these feelings. Some therapists use EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
does Zoloft work for people long term? I know not everyone is the same, but does it continue to work for some people for long periods of time? I understand that I am not being seen in an office and that for liability reasons, whomever replies to me probably cannot give me specific, direct advice about dosing, etc. but if you could give me some sort of generalized advice I would appreciate it, especially in regard to whether or not I should increase from 25 mg if it is already working for me.
For a person who is experiencing this for the first time...it can be VERY upsetting and disturbing. I was there before as well...the first time I went through this, I was convinced there was something wrong with my eyes. Everything just "looked" so weird, so odd. I almost felt like I was having out of body experiences...or was watching the world through a movie projector, instead of through my own eyes and mind.
It was like my normal sleep. I called him up and he switched me to Zoloft. I was taking it for about 4 days and the spacey not existent feelings never left. So he took me off that as well. I have been taking lorazepam that he prescribed me for air travel a while back and that relieved the throat problem and sometimes brings me down to earth. He scheduled blood work that came back normal and a CT scan that I have scheduled for next week.
Of all those, only about 15 actually worked for me. As for SSRI's like Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, Celexa, Prozac, none of them work for me because they are too sedating. Look for antidepressants that have a direct effect on Norephinepherine because that is the key to improving your energy and combating your depression.
Unfortunately the fear of another attack was not subsiding. Last week I went back to my doctor and asked for help. She asked if there were any unusual stressors in my life, which there aren't any that haven't always been there, and said I had a couple options. I could take a Beta Blocker to help control the symptoms or Prozac for longer term relief. I opted to start 10 mg Prozac just to get my mind back on track so that I could focus on improving my life vs.
Hi, I'm sorry to say that I have not used Celxa for anxiety but I did use Zoloft and it worked wonders! You can read a million things on these drugs and the side effects but take it from a personal point of view, it really, really helps. About a year and a half ago, I had my first bought with anxiety. Never, ever had a problem then one day, the stress in my life became overwhelming for a long period of time and then one day, BAM, a panic attack.
again, thank you soooo much for any input. If anyone has a question for me or anything of any matter, please e-mail ***@****. Best regards to all!!!
Taking one medication with a known dose and known effect is the best way for you to start on a new footing. Zoloft is a very good idea for that purpose, starting at 25 mg but then going up to 50 or 100 if necessary. Talk to your doctor about that...
For the past year I have had some really wierd symptoms including like a pressure in my forhead, shaking-vibrating of my head and neck, sensitivity to light( things get brighter then darker). Muscle twitches, Headaches, depression, eye pain, pain on the top of my head, ear ache, popping noises in my head (weird) Also feeling different parts of my body get hot like sitting next to a heater.also depersonalization, shortness of breath..Just to name some of my symptoms thats most of them.
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