Hi. I am a 37 y/o healthy male and take 25mgs of zoloft for GAD. I have a history of panic attacks and numerous ER visits. I am also a HUGE hypochondriac. I have been on numerous ssris and found zoloft to work the best. I am wondering if anyone else has the problem of an "overactive" mind. Like you just cant shut down the racing thoughts and seeing things in a constant evaluating way. I have also just started to increase my zoloft to 37mgs. I just felt that the 25mgs was not working very well. I was originally prescribed 150mgs, but I know that is way too much. I just want to be "normal" again. I have lost several jobs because of the GAD and have not worked for some time now. Lately, I have noticed an increase in sweaty hands and feet, overactive mind, irritability, etc. I have become very inactive rarely leaving the house. I have a huge amount of stressers right now (moving out of state, finding new job, car in shop for a month, etc.) I have also seen a therapist, and did not find that very helpful. I really just want to have some control over my mind again. I wonder too if I could have some long term effects of alcohol abuse. I have not drink in over 2 years, but used to drink like a fish everyday. Maybe I just have no coping skills w/o the alcohol. Any help???
have you ever taken a nerve pill, or tryed a different med besides zoloft. years ago i tryed zoloft and it just did not work for me, i pretty sure i have tryed everything. cymbolta and klonipin did the trick. but am 29 years old and my anxiety started when i was 19 and i was a major hypochondriac myself everyday i thought i was going to die. it was terrible, but like i said the meds im on now im able to work, be social, and not self medicate with other things. klonipin is addictive, but it will let your mind rest...trust me
I am not sure what you mean by a nerve pill. If you are referring to something like xanax, valium, or ativan, then yes. It was too easy for me to "pre-medicate". I have also tried prozac and paxil. All the anxiety came back when I started to ween off paxil several months ago. When I first started the zoloft, I felt really weird but it helped. Now that I have increased my dose, I am just feeling out of it. I am just not sure that the 25mg dose does much good. Most people are prescribed a minimum of 50mg and go up from there. My attacks have subsided, but I am just not myself. Going to the DR right now is not an option so I am going to just ride this out I guess.
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