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Sertraline and any other AD's Support Thread Part 2

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PackItInNow Fri 07-Dec-12 13:48:03

Just a continuation from the original thread, which is due to finish soon. Anyone and everyone needing some kind words, and hand-holding, are more than welcome smile.

Colourhairbarbie Sat 08-Dec-12 10:48:39

Thank u tactical for your kind welcome smile
I had a course of cbt a couple of years ago and thought it was fab & I really believed that I would never need to use meds again.

When I felt the anxiety rising this time I tried to use everything I had learnt but I think once I had passed a certain threshold I didn't have the power to stop the anxiety snowballing out of my control sad
I'm hoping once I get a bit of perspective back il be able to use it all again.

I am sorry that you had a difficult evening but I can relate to the problems with your dh as mine although brilliant generally, really struggles with my anx - it all seems completely alien to him.

Colourhairbarbie Sat 08-Dec-12 10:55:37

Thank u PackItInNow
I couldn't possibly resist a good brew grin

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sat 08-Dec-12 11:53:10

morning all,

massive head ache for me today....and chattering teeth. this is fun. not.
i will certainly have a brew thank you.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sat 08-Dec-12 12:17:24

can i ask if anyone on Sertraline has found its affected their eye sight at all?

PackItInNow Sat 08-Dec-12 12:43:34

Barbie, with all MH meds, it's just a matter of taking each day as it comes. Another thing is to try and keep yourself busy, so you don't spend too much time dwelling on things.

Tactical, would it be possible that your DH is picking because he feels helpless. Obviously he can't help you with your MH, so maybe he's getting grumpy because he can't help your MH problems IYSWIM. Apologies if I'm talking a load of chuff, am having a blood sugar drop, but I'll be fine.

Vicar, I would second going back to your GP and asking for another sick note until the side effects subside enough for you to back to work. You are allowed to sleep if you're tired,

TacticalWheelbarrow Sat 08-Dec-12 13:06:07

colourhairbarbie It's good that you got something from CBT, I hope when I start it will help me too. I feel for you and everyone on here having to deal with shitty panic attacks, it is so debilitating. How do you feel being back on AD? I'm trying to keep myself busy this weekend to take my mind off of it, are you doing anything nice?

vicar I have headaches that make my vision blurry if that makes sense?

Packitinnow How are you today? My DH suffered with depression in his early 20s and he took AD and they really didnt work for him so he thinks that there is no point in me taking them. He cant see that I need to do this for myself because I need to try something to pull me out of this great big hole! Have a biscuit and sugary brew to bring that blood sugar up!

I know this sounds weird but today I feel odd but not in a bad way. I have that funny feeling in my stomach that you get when you are excited confused. It's hard to explain, maybe its the sertraline finally kicking in?

susiedaisy Sat 08-Dec-12 16:24:23

Actually thinking about it when listing the side effects I forgot to mention the tense jaw and twitchy ness and headaches, hope everyone is doing ok todaythanks

PackItInNow Sat 08-Dec-12 22:03:04

Evening ladies. How's things? Only checking in for a quick natter and then off to bed I go.

Have had a bugger of a day, haven't stopped and am totally knackered. TBH, I'm actually beyond exhausted.

Just want to say good night to you all and will chat tomorrow.

Take care of yourselves ladies and I'll be back in the morning.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sat 08-Dec-12 22:19:14


another day spent in my pjs today sad i barely managed to get a brush through my hair today im afraid. bugger.
DH is being so good. Ive not lifted a finger. but feel so lazy
good night packit and everyone else. see you all tomorrow.

ShakySingsMerryXmasEveryone Sat 08-Dec-12 23:29:28

Vicar I know what you mean. I have to set my alarm before ds wakes up so I can get out of bed, straight into the shower. If I don't do it immediately, I wouldn't do it at all. I have to force my silly, little ass into the shower.

Also, I have a rule that I am not allowed to wear pj's downstairs. It stops me from coming don in my pj's and putting them own again at 6 pm.
<remembers still being in pjs at 7 pm because of not having time for a shower when ds was newborn>
<now recognises early signs of PND>

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 11:33:08

Good morning ladies. How is everyone today?

Had a fab night's sleep last night and I'm up and bouncing grin. Had my Xmas cards from kids and DH (the big soppy duffer). Still haven't had me morning tea yet.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Sun 09-Dec-12 12:51:17

well, im up but far from bouncing. im so incredibly fatigued. Is this a side effect of the sertraline? today will be day 7. Early days still.

11 hours sleep and i could go back to bed. im going to go and have a bath (shower broken) and attempt to look and feel a bit more human. DD has a riding lesson this afternoon. DH wont take her so ive got to drive.It will be the first time ive driven since starting the meds. hope i can stay awake...

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 18:05:06

The thing is, I'm wondering if your body has become used to not needing so much sleep and it's also used to dealing with some level of tiredness. If so, then I suspect that your body is trying to adapt to having some amount of decent sleep, which, in turn, could be making you tired.

I had a friend stay overnight as she was shattered. She slept in DD's room and DD has a memory foam mattress topperon her bed. Said friend came downstairs this morning and was saying that she had a brilliant night's sleep. The problem was that she wasn't used to such a good night and was even more tired because she felt like her body was trying to adapt to a better night rather than having been used to dealing with less quality sleep IYSWIM.

So your tiredness could be down to side effects (More than likely) or your body adjusting to better quality sleep (possibly).

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 18:07:05

How is everyone else? Hope you're all OK.

uptothestars Sun 09-Dec-12 19:49:09

Not posted in a while (since the last thread) feeling exhausted and so emotional tonight.
Need to have a word with myself. Failing that could do with someone to shake it out of me!

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 20:00:24

Stars, sometimes we have to let ourselves get emotional from time to time. Sometimes a good old bawl-out can do the world of good. Emotions are aomewhat like a pressure cooker and there is only so much pressure we can take before we 'blow' IYSWIM.

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 20:24:03

I have found that accepting the emotions that I'm experiencing, and knowing they won't last forever, helps me keep level headed as opposed to going off the rails and seeming unhinged.

PackItInNow Sun 09-Dec-12 20:25:38

Anyway ladies, I'm heading to bed now as I've an early start tomorrow, so take care of your good selves and I will be back at some point tomorrow smile.

uptothestars Sun 09-Dec-12 21:07:45

Thanks packitin that sounds very CBT like to me. Just find it very hard to realise that my moods aren't going to last when I'm too far in to them iykwim? Gonna try an early night too I think

jazzyl Sun 09-Dec-12 23:37:21

Hi there! have been taking setraline for about 4 months now (150mg) and the dry mouth bit is really gettin me down so doc changing me to Mirtazapine. Does anyone know how long it takes for the dry mouth to recover? Have had week on 100mg, then week on 50mg and changing over tomorrow. thanx

TacticalWheelbarrow Mon 10-Dec-12 01:06:50

Sorry I didnt post today but it's been so shit. I've asked my pils to have the kids until wednesday so I can hopefully get on top of the side effects. Thank god for them!
Me and DH have been decorating our bedroom, something to take my mind off of things.
A door to door bettaware salesman knocked while DH was out. I could see him through my son's bedroom window. The doorbell ringing was so utterly Terrifying. I locked myself in the bathroom, I got myself in such a state that I threw up.

I feel like such a fucking failure! Why aren't these pills working!

TacticalWheelbarrow Mon 10-Dec-12 01:08:15

How am I ever going to get over this? I'm meant to be going back to work soon yet I can't step foot outside my own house. I'm such a fucking liability, I feel sorry for DH having to put up with me.

susiedaisy Mon 10-Dec-12 12:06:37

Hi tactical hope your ok, could you go back to gp and have a chat about your anxiety? I've been on sertraline 3 weeks now and my anxiety levels are just beginning to subside a bit, but I'm still nowhere near being 'me' yet. Thinking of you x

turnedupsidedown Mon 10-Dec-12 14:41:31

Not a good day here-anxiety +++. Someone popped round unexpectedly which completely threw me. Just feel very low and glad mumsnet exists.
Hope you are all having better days today.

VicarInaTutuDrankSantasSherry Mon 10-Dec-12 19:04:17

not great here either. stomach churning + the side effects, of which fatigue is the worst.

DH says i seem much worse generally since starting the sertraline. Its a huge disappointment.

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