Missing school because of starting sertraline

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I started sertraline 5 weeks ago and havent been to school since, I want to go back but have anxiety of why do i tell people i've been off or paranoid people already know and will judge me or think less of me. I'm 19 so I still care what others think. Also the thought of how much work I have to catch up on is frightning as well. Has anyone had this same roblem with regards to school/work? How did you overcome it? Any self help strategies i.e. excercise or talking to someone that you tried?

Every day i miss now i feel worse than the day before!

Any response will be muchly appreciated!! Thanks

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    Hey Michael,

    I'm way older but it's nice to talk to someone younger, it reminds me of myself at your age..

    are you in College? I was so shy at your age, and paralysed at the idea of people talking to me.. I had ready made answers just incase..;-)

    How long gone are the days.. if you only knew how the other students are as insecure and terrified as you.. they just hide it better!

    also remember in school people need to show off to prove themselves..so they tend to be a bit rude sometimes.. but if you think about it, are they better off?

    nope.. just better at hiding thier fears and worries..

    deep down, I have realised over the years, people only really care about themselves.. they tend to forget about you the minute you're gone.. everyone is self centered.. I see that at work..

    I was off for 4 months and scared of coming back..

    I did pop in one day on my way back from the doc and said hi..

    it made me feel so much better and relaxed that I could go back to work a week later with no worries as to what they thought.. honnestly, some people never asked anything about my health or abscence, I just realised then they do not care..at all..

    go back, you can't leave too much work/studies to catch up, it's really hard after a while to catch up.. you don't want to retake that year?

    how is Sertaline working for you?


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      Thanks for replying! I dropped out of sixth form last year because I had depression but it wasn't diagnosed at that time but since then I've been put on antidepressants but recently I've changed the tablet I'm on so the side effects come back!

      I am generally social outwardly and am easy to speak to but inwardly I'm dying and have always been an over thinker. Hopefully I can go in tomorrow and just bite the bullet and prove to myself and others that I'm not a quitter and can do it. Did you do anything to prepare for going back to work such as getting out of the house or organising anything? I've also been trying to meditate which I enjoy.

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      Hi Michael,

      Sorry for late reply!

      Hope you made it to school today, very brave decision!

      I dont think I did any preparation, just got out of the house every single day, got ready, went for walks in the common or shopping ( Im a girl so never tire of it!wink, cofffees and met my friends qgen the could..

      I have noticed loads of guys around me, the healthy ones, they play a team game.. Why dint you try that? Seems to keep them grounded, focused and socialised?

      Meditation is fantastic apparently, tried once but was too tired and jittery to rip the benefits! Have to try again!

      Noticed that sleep helps a lot, the more tired I am the more unsettled..

      Have you got a best friend?

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    Hi! I feel exacly the same as you and im 19 and on sertraline 2 weeks ago... cant go to school too and I feel kinda guilty about that. I feel like people are judging me all the time and thats very disgusting feeling.. people usually say im paranoid sad this paranoia made me hating myself.

    But i think that you have social anxiety. Sertraline is here to help us dealing with problems.

    You shouldnt feel ashamed of people knowing about your problems. And your life isnt their buissnis.. and yes, people only think about themselves and dont think about others at all ( as long as it isnt their family or really close ones).. everything will be alright, you are the most important person in your life so enjoy your life and love yourself.

    I hope that sertraline will help you concentrate, do your work and help you feel better. I believe in you! Good luck

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      Hi Maya, very positive feeling, goid ob you! Hope the meds will help as well..

      I dont thin you are paranoid, any of you! I had the same feeling when I was your age.. Very very shy, thinking everyone was watching me, horrible! But I think its the same for every young person.. It takes time and life to realise people have other things in mind than just you! Unless they like you..wink

      Dont feel guilty about school, those horrible side effects need some time to settle.. Couldnt see myself going to work feeling dizzy, faintu, palpitations etc..

      Well done to you both I personnally could not take the side effects!!!!

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