Old habits are so hard to break!

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I’ve suffered with agoraphobia since 2012.  I’ve tried various meds with minimal results and here I am again.   So far this has gotten me the farthest with getting out the door and going places/. The problem is getting out the door!  If this meds helps with anxiety then why do I still feel so much of it when I so badly want to go somewhere????  Once I get out I do ok but am still in my boundaries/. I feel if I could just passed this fear to get out I will be ok/. So what’s the use of feeling ok outside when the problem lies in getting outside?  

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    You didn’t mention what mg your taking or for how long? As far as anxiety goes I’ve been on 50mg for almost 8 weeks and it’s helping me a lot. I have GAD by the way.
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      I’m on 50 mgs and August 23rd will be one month. I see doctor August 13th to discuss results. 
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      You are still breaking into this drug. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks ,but it looks like you are getting some feedback on med. Your doctor might up your dose. I started on 50 for 4 months now on 100. Its a slow acting drug so be patient. I improved slowly. Right now I'm good, not great but I'll take it. I have mostly good days but bad days do slip in. This drug is good for most people but some cant take the side affects. This is not a cure all. But if you take it as prescribed faithfully than you should feel better. Alot of people swear by it, and I have to agree that it has helped me tremendously. Good luck, we are all cheering for you.

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      Yeah Alf 2 weeks is way to early to be feeling much benefit at all on sertraline. It takes at least 6-8 weeks sometimes more to get the full effect. At two weeks I was still in full blown side effect mode and that was on 25mg! 
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      I sympathise Alf Alf. I have always had problems with going in shops and stuff and far happier staying at home.

      When the panic attacks started and I was put on sertraline I could not leave the house. I couldn't go to the doctors even though it's on my road. I could go in the garden and I could drive but not get out of the car. Sounds mad.

      I was off work for 8 months. When I reached 150mg I felt loads better.

      I'm back at work. I'm not 100% ...but I can go in shops ...with a trolly... i dont want to increase because of the side effects. I think I need to sort stuff out in my life rather than increase.

      Good luck..there is light at the end of your tunnel


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    I had been on 25 mgs for a few weeks and think I felt better then so assumed 50 would just be better.  Guess it’s going to take a long time!

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