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Lollipop75

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Hi. I'm new to this forum, some of the threads on here made me feel less alone with some of things I have been battling for some time.
I am 23 and have suffered on and off with depression since I was 16, over the past couple of years I have also developed anxiety which has been severe at times to now where I am feeling scared, agoraphobic about many of the normal every day situations I used to do with ease and pleasure. I also have a great apprehension to socialise and avoid doing anything with my friends or a group of people.
Before the nightmare began I was 21, had just graduated university and was looking forward to beginning adult life. Now I am 23, I struggle with going to the shops, restaurants, driving, work and even visiting family and friends.
I have previously had CBT for around a year which was helpful in learning how to manage panic attacks, although more in control the fear remained and I felt I needed a bit more help so I went to my GP in September. I was prescribed fluoxetine which after much hesitation I started, felt great for the first few days then my anxiety soared. I went back to the doctors, had to see a different GP due to lack of appointments and was this time prescribed fluaxnol (anti-psychotic). I took it for 4 weeks. This eliminated all of my anxiety and panic but I was a lifeless zombie, I had no feelings nor empathy towards anyone, I had no motivation, my depression increased to the point where I would cry all day and have suicidal thoughts so I stopped taking the pills, this was about a month ago now. Slowly but surely I am returning to myself in that I can think and feel again but obviously the anxiety remains and is greater than ever.
I went back to my GP last week who has prescribed sertraline, I am in two minds whether to take this. I am really scared that they will not work and I will just get worse which I can't bear to happen again. On the other hand I am so fed up of feeling down and anxious and existing as supposed to living I feel I have no choice.
I am losing touch with friends, my partner tries his best to understand but just can't and I feel like I'm going to lose him which I couldn't bare. Has anybody any advice on sertraline and if it has had a positive effect?
 
Gajolene

Gajolene

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:welcome: to the forum. I've had to change meds a few times as well before I found the one that worked for me when I need them. Quite a few people have had good success with Sertraline for panick and anxiety. Just give them the chance to adjust fully before you decide whether they are helping or not. But do go to your gp right away if your depression worsens and you do get suicidal thoughts again. For me a combination of venlafaxines to stablize my moods and a low dose anti psych seroquel prn for extream panick attacks, night terrors and insomnia work.
We are all uniquely different though, I hope the Sertraline does help you overcome your anxiety/depression and fears. Give it 3 months sometimes it takes that long to feel the full benefits from your medication.
 
SomersetScorpio

SomersetScorpio

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Welcome to the forums. :hi:

I don't have much else to add really to what Gajolene's already said.
It's worth trying the sertraline, but go back to the GP straight away if you find that you feel worse when taking them.
SSRI anti-depressants (and some other medications) can actually make people feel more suicidal, and under 25's are at a higher risk of this happening.
Am not trying to say this to alarm you, by the way. Just think it's good to know, just in case you do find yourself feeling lower.

I really hope that you find they work for you. Anxiety and panic attacks are really horrible to deal with. :hug1:
 
Purple Chaos

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Hi Lollipop75,

I've nothing much to add to the good advice already given but I do understand how you feel and some of what you're going through. I just wanted to say a quick hello and welcome you to the forum.
 
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