Meds like Zoloft (SSRI antidepressants) can take 4-6 weeks to accumulate in your system, allowing for some noticeable changes. Some people DO expereince a gradual improvement before that, but after 5 days, I doubt you're going to see any obvious changes yet. Also, the level of improvement of symptoms varies from person to person.
You must give these kinds of meds a chance to do what they do and try to be patient along the way. We know how hard that is, we all want a quick fix, but unfortunately, for the vast majority of us, it doesn't work that way.
Also, you would be very wise to get yourself into some therapy as well, in addition to the Zoloft. While medications can help reduce anxiety related symptoms, many people still need help in learning how to undo the anxious cycle of thinking. Therapy can teach you valuable coping mechanisms.
Be patient and give this some time. With some work and patience, you'll likely be feeling much better within a few weeks.
Ditto to everything nursegirl said.
On the personal side, I'm on Zoloft now and for me it was right around the beginning of week #5 that I realized I was feeling better. Not 100% better. Probably not even 25% better, just.....better! You must remember what nursegirl said, because it is so very true and it's also very hard, but patience is so important at the start of treatment with AD's. It takes time for them to work and it's so easy to give up and think they're not working. But stick it out for at least 6-8 weeks. Because when that day arrives when you realize that your mood IS lifting, even if it's only a little, you can't imagine how much hope and light you're filled with.
Your anxiety will not just magically be gone. It will fade away and one day you'll realize you've been feeling good for a long time. But remember that medications will just mask your symptoms, the problem(s) are still there. That's why we push therapy so strongly here. If the time comes that you want to get off the medication and you haven't done some therapy work, what happens is that the anxiety or depression comes back quickly because the PROBLEM is still there.
As they said it does take some time to get the full effect. You could start feeling a bit better in the next couple of weeks. If you were going to have side-effects you should be about over the worst part of that. Beginning SSRI's isn't always easy. Good luck. Hope you have a good doctor taking this journey with you.
HI I NOTICED IN UR COMMENT UR ON ZOLOFT. WELL MY QUESTION IS SO AM I . IM ON 50 MG AND CAN TELL ITS WORKIN BUT AT TIMES ON ON A ROLLER COASTER I FEEL LIKE CUZ ILL B DOIN REALLY GOOD THEN OUTTA NO WERE BOOM BAD ANXIETY THAT CAN LAST FOR A WEEK. I NOTICE ITS MOSTLY AROUND MT MENSTRUAL CYCLE BUT I STILL HATE IT SO MY DR RECOMMENDED I GO UP 25MG AND IM SO VERY SCARED. WEN I FIRST STARTED THE SIDE EFFECTS WERE SCARY AND IM SCARED THERE GONNA *** BAK AND IM GONNA B IN A BAD CYCLE AGAIN ??? DO U THINK IM GONNA NOTICE A DIFFERENCE ?? THANKS FOR ANY ADVISE, IM JUS SO SCARED OF MEDS.
how are you guys feeling now?....im going to start taking 25 mg of zoloft tomorrow and im nervous about it
what were your side effects?
do you take this med with or without food?