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post #21 of 42
Oh gosh. I am not attacking you at all, but I do remember feeling like that. Depression can make you feel like everyone is against you. I am not at all. I was emphasizing the above for any other moms reading here so that they knew the risks before taking 5htp.

I am so glad you are going for zoloft. Take it from someone who has been there, you will be so happy that you did.
post #22 of 42
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Well, today is day six on Zoloft. Overall I feel a lot better. I just can't help but worry that I will backslide--the panic feeling is something I don't want to ever feel again. Is this pretty much as good as it gets or does the medication keep making you less and less anxious?
post #23 of 42
You will get so much better, the meds take 6 weeks for FULL effect. Just hang in there.
post #24 of 42
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Thank you. You all have totally saved my life this past week with your posts. I wish I could bake you all cookies and give you a hug!
post #25 of 42
i talked to my ND today, got a referal to a nurse practitioner for zoloft.
we also talked about seratonin overload syndrome, and she feels very comfortable with me taking 5htp up til the day before i start zoloft, and then to slowly wean onto the zoloft. she has had many patients do just that and never has there been a problem, only one time did any patient have a seratonin overload and thats when he came to her as a new patient on way too much paxil (but no 5htp)
i got some acupuncture to help me out for a lil while til i get on the zoloft.
i cant wait to start feeling better!
post #26 of 42
I went on if after DS #2 - one think i will tell you is dont ever stop taking it cold turkey!!!!!!! you really need to wean yourself off it when and if your ready.
I made that mistake myself e ven though my dr told me it was safe to take should i get preggo again i didnt want to take it. So when just up and decided to try for #3 i just stopped taking the Zoloft - wow did i regret that... i had MAJOR withdrawl issues. I actually read somewhere that going cold turkey off it was compared to going cold turkey off heroine - i totally empathize was drug atticts now. it was horrible.
i had the shakes and i would get this electrical shock feelings in my brain...

however - when on it it was good... it did take me some time to adjust to it though - about a month or so - just had small tremors and what not.

i will be looking at goign back onto it after i have this baby but am hoping that since i was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism this time around that those meds are going to help me with my depression as well.

GOOD LUCK
post #27 of 42
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Well, today is day six on Zoloft. Overall I feel a lot better. I just can't help but worry that I will backslide--the panic feeling is something I don't want to ever feel again. Is this pretty much as good as it gets or does the medication keep making you less and less anxious?

Oh, big ((((hugs))))! I'm so glad you're starting to feel better. The first time I had PPD, I resisted meds for quite a while. When I finally decided to give in, I stated that it felt like there were lead weights around my ankles that had finally been lifted! I was so happy to be rejoining the living.

Give the Zoloft a little time to get into your system before you evaluate it for effectiveness. Talk to your doctor, but I'd probably give it 4-6 weeks, just like a pp said. If you still don't feel completely up to par, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about slowly increasing your dosage a little at a time until you get the right dose for you. Sometimes it can be a journey of trial and error trying to find the correct antidepressant in the correct dosage.

In the meantime, keep talking and processing your feelings. If you can afford it, talk therapy is a wonderful tool to help process matters and find some solutions. A combo of both meds and talk therapy have been shown time and again to be the most effective. Of course, most insurance doesn't pay for much when it comes to counseling. But it's worth checking it out.

Once again, I'm so glad you're starting to feel better. I'm so proud of you for stepping up and getting help!! You're such a good mommy!!
post #28 of 42
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I just have to update everyone. I am FEELING AWESOME. Not high or low---just me. I feel so relieved and blessed that caught it when I did. THank you allfor your help. You are amazing!
post #29 of 42
yes! oh Emily i am SO gladd for you!!!!
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post #31 of 42
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ok. i've been doing really well for the last 4 days and now i feel like i'm backsliding a little today. i was so excited about getting 100% better. i am still day 11 of zoloft. should i up my dose? obviously not w/o talking to my doctor and midwife but i cant talk to them until monday...is the backsliding during the first two weeks normal?
post #32 of 42
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ok. i've been doing really well for the last 4 days and now i feel like i'm backsliding a little today. i was so excited about getting 100% better. i am still day 11 of zoloft. should i up my dose? obviously not w/o talking to my doctor and midwife but i cant talk to them until monday...is the backsliding during the first two weeks normal?
Oh sweetie. I'm sorry you're having a tough time today. What's going on?
post #33 of 42
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Its nothing like it was last week....just a little down and I have had a couple little mini anxiety attacks--not really attacks, just that sweaty prickly feeling for a couple seconds...and I've been tired all day. I think its normal, I guess i just need to hear someone else say that it is!
post #34 of 42
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Its nothing like it was last week....just a little down and I have had a couple little mini anxiety attacks--not really attacks, just that sweaty prickly feeling for a couple seconds...and I've been tired all day. I think its normal, I guess i just need to hear someone else say that it is!
From what you're saying, it sounds like you feel it's a normal progression and you've improved. I'd maybe give it a few more days and see. Even on an antidepressant you're still going to fight normal emotions at times. The key is to not feel so horrible *all* the time. Keep us updated through the weekend so I don't worry about you, would you??
post #35 of 42
Totally normal to have some "breakthrough" anxiety like that. What you are going to do now is, through therapy, to learn how to overcome those. And what you will learn is, that you CAN. I think your dose is fine, I would not up it until after at least a month on the same dose.
post #36 of 42
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Just popping in to say that I am doing so well. i think yeseterday was just a little anomoly. ANyway, this feels so good to be myself again. Thanks for your support. I'll keep you updated...but today was the first day that I think i could say I was 100% better...I know I still have a ways to go--but I feel ready to tackle it!
post #37 of 42
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Yay!! So happy for you!!
post #38 of 42
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well, i feel like i have backslide slowly and today i woke up and realized that i am super depressed again. my mw thinks i should up to 75mgs but i am so afraid of the side effects that i had when i started...has anyone uped from 50 to 75 and had bad side effects?
post #39 of 42
The side effects would not be bad, probably. Maybe some headaches, just slight. It should not be bad at all. If you need it, do it. 75 is still a baby dose.
post #40 of 42
I would definitely increase your meds. I have been on meds for about 5 months and I still have tough days. Everyone has bad days once in a while, yk. I have recently begun to think I need to increase my meds also. I just wanted to let you know that your not alone...it's really hard to have fluctuations in our moods because it makes us worry we're having a setback or it's going to get bad again. Just try and keep a positive mindset and when you having a bad day, just try to accept and not ruminate too much.

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