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Hello all. I am wondering if anyone out there can relate to my story. I have taken 50 mg Sertraline for 15 years for GAD and subsequent depression. Prior to then, I had several trials on antidepressants and would discontinue after getting better only to have anxiety return within months. I made the decision in 2003 to stick with 50 mg of sertraline as a maintenance medication. Life has had its inevitable ups, downs, stresses, but the 50 mg regimen seems to have kept me from becoming incompacitated by anxiety. It really has been a lifesaver. So, to complicate matters, I have for the past 10 years also been a nightly wine drinker. Long story short, my use began to creep up and I was drinking 2-3 glasses/night. My inner wisdom took over and two months ago I made the decision to stop drinking. For the first four weeks I felt really good....less depressed and tired and very energetic. Almost a little too energetic as I now realize I was feeling a chronic low level anxiety that was creeping in. NOTE: I did not experience any withdrawal symptoms and it was actually pretty easy to quit my nightly wine.
By week 5, after a few extra stressors inmy life life presented themselves, my anxiety tilted into more than just mild. IT's been a rough ride and my Gp has increased my dosage to 75 which I've been titrating up to very slowly to avoid the worst of the side effects. i've had a good day or two but then yesterday (day 6 at 75mg) had jitters all day, some negative thinking, worry, and them full on anxiety last night needing a dose of Klonopin (always feel like a failure when I take it) to get back under control.
My therapist has said to me "By stopping drinking, you've changed your brain chemistry." So, I feel bummed out by the idea that in doing something good formyself, my anxiety is out of control for the first time in 15 years. My fear always becomes that this will last forever and never go away.
Any insight, similar stories, or advice to share? Thanks for reading and listening.
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