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#1 of 11 Old 02-21-2012, 08:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm about 18 weeks pregnant with my second child and severely depressed. Don't want to do anything but sleep to escape reality, no interest in anything anymore. I started zoloft at 25 mg 2 and a half weeks ago, then went up to 50mg after a week, and have now been at 75 mg for almost a week. I am not sure that it is helping. I still feel severely depressed! When did it help you? How did you feel?

 

I'm feeling so scared right now that I will never feel better. They say that when you are depressed you should seek help. I feel like I have sought help -- I have a great OB, a therapist, an acupuncturist, and a supportive family...but I'm still not getting better. It is so scary because I feel like I won't ever get better and I don't know how much longer I can handle this (not that I have a choice).

 

Please share your stories of recovery with me. When did zoloft start working for you? How did you feel? I know this is the PPD thread, but at this rate, I feel like I'll still be depressed after baby comes.

 

Just need some hope that brighter days are coming.

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It sounds like you're not at the right dose yet. I didn't get relief from insomnia (my PPA/PPD symptom) until 150mg. It also takes 6 weeks at a given dose to reach the full effect. 75mg is considered a pretty low dose. I'd talk to your doctor or pdoc about increasing the dose again.

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I take zoloft- it's probably time for me to up my dose but it has helped me a lot. I am sorry you are depressed- I have depression too and they basically told me I always will....  Keep working with your therapist. DBT helped me some..... would have helped more if I continued it. 

 

One bit of advice- since I do this.... do not do not do not quit taking your meds. I do this pretty much quarterly and it is hell. Do not quit taking it without discussing it with your dr.


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I have taken Zoloft through both my pregnancies and breastfeeding with good luck. I agree that it sounds like you haven't found the right dose and/or been on it long enough yet. Of course that's not to say it may not be the right medication for you either but I just wanted to give you hope that you may find relief with Zoloft. I found it necessary to increase my dose (per my HCP) during pregnancy due to the increased blood volume. I have always been on 50mg and had to go up to 75 during pregnancies. Good luck!


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Please look into placenta encapsulation.  So that when u have your baby, you can get off zoloft and use a natural effective method.  I know it sounds gross but look it up.  I suffered from PPD with my last and I know how horrible it is but meds from Dr.s are a bad idea, especially when you are pregnant.  They usually make it worse.  Have you heard of 5HTP?  I take that now and it works.  Also Vit B3 in high doses has proven effective for depression.  I don't want to worry you but there are some women who experience birth defects from Zoloft.  It has been on TV that Doctors are being sued because of it.  Try a more natural way and if it don't work then go back on meds.    There is a great documentary called "Food Matters" that list the different things you can do for depression.  I hope you feel better soon.

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Come on people, hope please! I can't handle discouragement right now.

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There is light at end of the tunnel.  When I get severely depressed I have to treat myself like I am almost disabled and expect very little from myself... I do one thing a day- then two things a day and build myself back up to being able to function.

If the meds you are on do not work do not stop till you find a combo that will.  Go see a psychiatrist- that is what finally worked for me= to be properly diagnosed and then play with the medicine with a specialist- not just a family dr.

I still have bad times- but it's getting better.


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Hey, I just replied to you on the "depression and pregnancy' thread I started in mental health, I forgot about it since it didn't get a lot of replies.

 

 



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Oh yeah and there's a Zoloft and Pregnacy thread here:
 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1344184/zoloft-during-pregnancy



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 Zoloft & other SSRI"s take a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks to kick in , and your Dr should have told you this .

Can you see him or her again & try getting a referral to see a psychologist for CBT . I found that really  helpful

for my bouts of PND , as sometimes our " thinking patterns " or belief system ,make life harder for ourselves than it needs to be .

 

Again, don't expect too much of yourself. It's a illness & you're struggling so try & get as much help as you can from partner, family & freinds .

 

I'm not aware of research that shows siganificantly increased risk of birht defects wiht SSRI"S ( they've been around for over 20 years now ) but there is

certainly research that shows a mother's emotional well -being in pregnancy in just as important to the fetus/ baby as in the newborn period , so please don't worry about " needing " to take antidpressants in pregnancy .

 

A lot of us have been there & know what it's like , Best wishes for the future .

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