I've been depressed down and really anxious and panicky with intrusive thoughts

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Hi I've been on sertraline for 33 days , 50mg for 27 days and noticed I had 4 good ish days at around day 21 then went back down hill really bad so upped dose to 100mg on day 27 and been on 100mg for 6 days , heightened my anxiety and intrusive thoughts or just didn't make a difference not sure but I went on a bike ride yesterday evening and felt a lot better and had a good evening then woke up anxious again and unease , what do I do ? Do I give it more time or is it not working for me ? Can people please let me know there experiences please as I can't cope being like this I've lost myself ! Please help !

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    Hi, Most users are of the opinion are that it will take a month minimum to start working, so I'd be inclined to persist. There are certain similarities with my own case  - I woke up trembling last November - GP said it was anxiety and put me on 50mg Sertraline, since upped to 100mg and for the last month, 150mg.  I have tried to ride my bike for an hour each day, and always feel much better afterwards.However I still wake up with the inner tremors (which makes me anxious :-) ) every morning. So to summarise:

    ?1. I'd try at least another month before giving up.

    ?2. Exercise certainly helps (though stupidly I feel anxious if I haven't been able to get out on my bike :-) ).

    ?3. Despite now being on it for eight months, Sertraline obviously hasn't stopped 

    my tremors/shivers/jitters which was why I originally saw my GP. So I certainly think it doesn't work for everyone and if the bad effects persist I'd ask for alternative treatment.  (I shall after this current month).


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      Has sertraline worked for you ? Did you suffer with intrusive thoughts ? Thanks for replying !
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      Difficult to be specific as I don't know what people regard as intrusive thoughts. Sertraline certainty has worked for me in that I don't get a lurch in my gut every time my mind wanders - it became apparent to me that the sort of thoughts that did this to me were not like those, say, when you knew you were going to lose your job, or waiting for hospital test results. I would get the sensation even when thinking pleasant thoughts or daydreaming, and that would be my definition of depression rather than anxiety. So Sertraline seems to have worked. Also I don't seem to cry at the drop of a hat, which is an improvement. But as regards helping with what my GP says is anxiety, it hasn't worked. In fact tremors are a common side effect of Sertraline, so I honestly don't know on that issue. My mother in law (in her nineties) used to get very weepy until she was prescribed Sertraline, but then spent the rest of her days very cheerful, so there's hope for us yet!

      Best regards, G

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      Aww I understand ! I seem to suffer with OCD obsessive thoughts , used to be like health anxiety but now it's moved on to the fact that I'm obsessing about the fact I'm gonna lose control or what ever , not sure if it's just anxiety all built up and I've cracked and had a breakdown !

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      Hi, I get worried about losing control, but I think in itself one tends to 'over' monitor your own behaviour which compounds the problem, - feeling anxious about being anxious - and I suspect this is an issue with a lot of us who try to self analyse. On a more practical point, the side effects can be very upsetting, for instance I contacted other GPs in the practice in the first few weeks and they all said it was normal to feel like s**t (didn't use that term though) in the first month or so. Who am I to judge? So many people seem to be helped by Sertraline that it's hard to dismiss it, so please give it a bit more time - certainly I felt awful for a couple of months. In truth I rely on my wife to tell me how I am acting and she thinks I'm 'better than I was' whatever that means.😀

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      I will give it some more time , its strange today I feel abit more calm but feel really forgetful like memory loss

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