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Brain fog leads to anxiety and depression?

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Libertynow

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I don't even know if I would be considered to have mild, moderate or severe depression. Haven't seen a psychiatrist only a family doctor who prescribed me zoloft. I started 25mg for 1 week than up to 50mg for another 3 weeks than up to 75mg for about a week and a half. I had a period on the 50mg where it felt like it was working, than it went flat than 75mg again a period where it felt like it was working than went flat again and even seemed like I went backwards.

For me I go up and down with my mood. Psychologist and family doctor both believe it's a clinical depression issue. Zoloft worked wonders twice before in the past, but I guess because the two times in the past I was so depressed I couldn't really notice the negative effects of taking an anti-depressant where you sometimes feel worse before getting better. This time around I'm noticing the worse, however I do still have good days on the 75mg.

I sometimes have moments in the morning, during the day, and in the evening where it seems like I just snap out of it. When I say snap out of it I mean out of my head. I have this issue where I I'm overly focused on my inner feelings in my gut and mind. I will often connect everything to depression and anxiety. Even a cold and sinus pressure has my mind linking it to depression and anxiety. Instead of just seeing it for what it is. If I'm doing something very distracting where I'm not living inside my head I actually feel normal for that moment. I even feel the normal when I meditate. But I keep on going back inside my head.

Is it normal to still not have full effect of zoloft after almost 6 weeks on 75mg? I feel like if I didn't have the brain fog I would go inside my head. But the brain fog comes first and than I start analyzing it to death to the point where I get stuck. I've had brain fog my whole life I believe but just now I'm stuck linking it to depression and anxiety so it doesn't just stop at awareness anymore.
 
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Hi, did they test your Vitamin D levels because the brain fog you describe is typical?

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Libertynow

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I don't think they did. If it's not part of a routine blood work than I would say no they have not.
 
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I don't think they did. If it's not part of a routine blood work than I would say no they have not.
You have to ask for the test specially in Australia.

I would assume you are low, personally, its something like 1 in 4 down here so its got to be even higher in the UK. 1 in 2 are probably low.

You feel bloody awful, I was tired all the time, and what really did it is the breathlessness, and my legs started to feel like jelly, I could barely walk up the stairs. Everything was affected and if youre low all the ADs in the world wont "take" properly because you actually have a physical condition that just gets worse.

Also my eyesight was affected, I became night blind, and I ended up with arthritis in my hip and losing 6 teeth. :(
 
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Well they do say these medication can take up to 2 months to work. Oddly enough, anytime I've stopped a medication for some time and then went back on, I never felt like it works much anymore either. Also I find that anti anxiety medications make my head extra foggy. Maybe it's time to try something else?
 
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The thing is the brain fog was a recurring issue before the medication. If anything the medication has helped reduce the brain fog somewhat. Although sometimes I have bad days. My anxiety has improved on the medication as well. Just again I get these bad days that make me question the medication. I see the family doctor Monday see what he thinks. My psychologist thinks that I should give it more time. She thinks it's the right medication simply cause it has reduced anxiety.

When I'm distracted doing an activity that takes my attention away from inner focus I feel normal again. Just wish I could stay in that normal feeling when not busy doing something :)
 
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