I have been taking 50mg of sertraline for two weeks now for pnd. I'm feeling no different and am still waking at 4am where my head floods with negative emotions. My baby is 5 months now so I'm happy to stop breast feeding if I have to to take a different medication. I need something that makes me feel lighter and focussed. My anxiety is taking the form if feeling very low.
I find it also helps me with impulse eating. (The "I'm not hungry but I am frustrated so what I can find to eat" type of eating.)
What it helps me with the most is that horrible desperate frustration, when I feel like I-just-cannot-cope -one-more-second because the day is going shit or DS is having a strop or whatever - when my internal tension meter heads up into the red and I just want to scream or run away. If that happens a few days in a row I know to increase my dosage for a week or so and then decrease again (ok'd by GP, by the way).
Have you tried altering the time of day you take it? I was intially advised to take it in the morning because it can affect your sleep. However, it doesn't affect me in that way at all, so I take it before bed time (I remember then!)
I was bfing when I started taking sertraline, and only stopped bfing a few months ago (so was bfing on ad's for about 2.5 years), we went cold turkey when I stopped bfing, and DS2 had no 'issues' at all with the stopping of bfing (was slightly worried the sertraline had been affecting him in some way).
I have been to the docs today as I am very teary and have suffered with depression before (8 years ago) but my DD is 7 months old and I have a DS who is now 6. I am not depressed as such but I do cry a lot!! I don't feel like things are rubbish and I don't feel worthless etc. but I do feel like I need to stop crying! I am also very paranoid. I am scared of taking the tablets because of the side effects and I am also scared that they will make me feel more depressed? Does anyone have any advice?