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Tom20201

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This is my first post on any forum and hope you can help, I am a 27yo bloke and have had severe depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I ended up gambling and drinking until I told my family and have subsequently sought professional help. I've been prescribed, and am now 8 days in to, Sertroline. I'm worried because I've never felt so sick and paranoid. I don't really know what question I'm asking but I would really really appreciate some advice and some reassurance that taking these pills will help
 
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:welcome:

Whether the pills will help or not is impossible to predict.. But they can help. That's if you are on the right ones of course.. You may have to change meds allot until you find the right ones for you.. Plus they can give you combinations.. And then the possibility's are almost endless...
You may have to be prepared to persevere with it for a bit before you start seeing results

Good Luck :)
 
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Hi Tom,

Zardos is right. You may need to try a different medication but it is very early days so keep taking your prescribed medication and make an appointment with your GP to discuss your progress in a couple of weeks.

I have been on Risperidone for 10 months for treatment of Paranoid Schizophrenia. I had terrible side effects and felt very poorly for about 5 months but the medication resolved my psychosis. I perserved with the medication and it did resolve my symptoms.

It's not enough just taking the pills though. You have to be prepared to graft and put some effort into your recovery, so you should make sure you eat well; lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, lean proteins and avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary, fatty foods. In addition to making sure you eat well, you should exercise daily, get out in the sunshine, take regular walks and make an effort to socialise with friends.

Try to find a hobby to keep yourself occupied, and make time to relax and heal.

Recovery is possible. I was sectioned 8 months ago, a total recluse, paranoid and delusional. I'm back at work now, socialising, taking a OU course in the autumn and walking every day. I still have bad days, but I'm able to put it in perspective and I have more good days than bad.

Have Faith and be prepared to work for your recovery.

My best wishes.
 
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This is my first post on any forum and hope you can help, I am a 27yo bloke and have had severe depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I ended up gambling and drinking until I told my family and have subsequently sought professional help. I've been prescribed, and am now 8 days in to, Sertroline. I'm worried because I've never felt so sick and paranoid. I don't really know what question I'm asking but I would really really appreciate some advice and some reassurance that taking these pills will help
Hi Tom20201,

What has happened in the past cannot be changed, but the future can be. Use this power you have to lead the life you want to live - one free of gambling, alcohol and mental health concerns. Work hard, use the help on hand, and exercise patience, and the rewards shall arrive :)

Much love <3
 
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It took me about 10 years to find the right doctor and more importantly, the right combination of meds.

I have had about 5 trips to the hospital. I was going through a denial/confirmation cycle with my illness.

Once I started to feel a little better, I would decide that my diagnosis was false and that I did not have a mental illness - so I would stop taking my meds.

Obviously, it made it worse.

It wasn't until I met my wife that I had someone to "stand with me in the fire" as she called it. We have such a strong bond from all that we have been through - depression, lost jobs, acute paranoia, fear, fights, understanding and love.

You sound like you are just starting your journey - keep the faith and know one day it WILL get better.
 

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