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Hi, I started Sertraline (50mg) about 15 days ago for anxiety and mild depression. I initially planned to try CBT first but felt I was starting to deteriorate, to the point where thoughts of self-harm would cross my mind. It wasn't that I wanted to self-harm, deep down I didn't, but images popped into my head , I would image what it was like and I would feel anxious around sharp objects. I was convinced that I was tempted.
Subsequently I decided to speak to my doctor again and I decided to go ahead and cash in on my Sertraline prescription. The last two weeks have been very turbulent to say the least. Initially I was extremely anxious and the thoughts of self-harm turned to visualising and belief that I had the urge to commit suicide. This would then switch to anxiety about whether or not I was dangerous, whether I wanted to attack family members/random people and even to the extent to which I was doubting whether I was safe around children. The obsessions would rotate, about things that I would never have troubled me before (other than the initial self-harm stuff that upset me) and having done a bit of research it's now clear to me that I've been suffering from intrusive thoughts.
I just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience in terms of the sertraline potentially causing intrusive thoughts? I know I was having the initial thoughts about self-harm but I'm not sure whether it's the Sertraline that has made things a lot worse in that I worsened or if I may have Pure-O? Do intrusive thoughts necessarily mean pure-O?
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