In addition, discontinuation of Zoloft should only take place under the supervision of your doctor and according to the gradual schedule your doctor prescribes. Since Zoloft affects brain chemistry, it should not be stopped without consulting your doctor. It is often prescribed to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Tapering off Zoloft Including Lifestyle Changes and Alternative Therapies Community Q&A21 References Zoloft, or sertraline, is an antidepressant in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). There are 21 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2007. This So Cal rehab fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts. Oceanside alumni praise flexible treatment which includes care for underlying mental health conditions, staff who go the extra mile, luxury amenities, and activities such as surfing and horseback riding. Alumni of The Clearing praise the non-12 step approach which focuses on "self-counseling skills" and "learning how to love yourself" while you heal in a historic, fully restored farmhouse surrounded by the natural beauty of San Juan Island. This laid-back Malibu beachfront rehab charts a holistic path to recovery, which suits the twenty- and thirtysomethings who come here—you just might have to clock a few extra miles on the sand to burn off Chef Monte’s hearty home-cooking.
Some regard it as the worst or most painful experience of their life, and many drug users have remarked that the withdrawal syndrome from antidepressants was worse for them than the withdrawal syndrome from drugs like heroin or meth. In addition to involving moderate or severe symptoms for many people, it can result in long-lasting or even permanent side effects, including disabling ones, and a very small minority of people lose their life to it. Most people have some degree of difficulty, and some find it exceptionally difficult. On the other hand, a small subset of patients have few or no withdrawal symptoms, and some have even quit a drug cold turkey and not gone through anything terrible. There are several reasons why quitting an antidepressant might be hard for someone, and I will list 8 of the most common ones that come to mind and provide some details for each. This ended up getting a bit lengthy, but it seems necessary in the context of so many posters (in this thread and elsewhere) saying that people should not have much or any trouble quitting SSRIs or other antidepressants, or insinuating that finding it hard is a rare occurrence. You can just read the bolded sentences or skip to the summary section if you want the 10-second version.1. Antidepressant withdrawal is possible if you abruptly stop taking an antidepressant, particularly if you've been taking it longer than four to six weeks. Symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are sometimes called antidepressant discontinuation syndrome and typically last for a few weeks. Certain antidepressants are more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than others. Having antidepressant withdrawal symptoms doesn't mean you're addicted to an antidepressant. Addiction represents harmful, long-term chemical changes in the brain. It's characterized by intense cravings, the inability to control your use of a substance and negative consequences from that substance use. To minimize the risk of antidepressant withdrawal, talk with your doctor before you stop taking an antidepressant. Your doctor may recommend that you gradually reduce the dose of your antidepressant for several weeks or more to allow your body to adapt to the absence of the medication.
My father, a rheumatologist, routinely prescribes drugs such as prednisone and methotrexate—he’s a believer in up-to-date medicine. ”)The point is, even among doctors, there’s still a stigma about mental illness—and about the necessity of treating it with psychoactive drugs. Yet he’s skeptical of the fact that I have been on Celexa, a popular antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication, for 13 years. The notion lingers that we all should be able to pick ourselves up by the proverbial bootstraps, that anyone who can’t hack life without a pill has a moral or character flaw. When a young relative of ours fled college two weeks into freshman year, undone by the anxiety that had plagued her all her life, he wasn’t impressed. This, even though today in this country one in eight adults takes an SSRI (Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa) or a similar SNRI (Effexor, Cymbalta) or NDRI (Wellbutrin). The rates are almost double that for women in their forties and fifties. Though I feel zero shame about my own reliance on SSRIs—maybe because so many of the smart, original artist types I know tend toward depression, and more than a few swear by these drugs—I worry I may have contributed to the stigma myself, with an article I wrote for this magazine nine years ago. So I’m here to set the record straight: to come clean about, well, not coming clean. In my November 2008 piece, “Club Med,” I wrote about the backlash against SSRIs, which were then as now the most commonly used drugs to treat depression and anxiety, and the ones with the least—and least deleterious—side effects. I was laying on the floor, curled up into a ball, ugly, crying, convinced life was never going to get better. I was fearful of leaving my own apartment, convinced the giant knot of angst that had taken up permanent residence in my stomach, would permanently weigh me down and keep me on the floor. In 2014 my doctor prescribed me a dose of 100 mg of Zoloft once a day to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety, some of which were genetic, and some of which were brought on by a very bad boss and a terrible breakup. Every five minutes or so it would travel towards the back of my neck and then lodge itself in my throat and I would wail. Did I mention I thought absolutely everything was completely awful back then? That things were never ever, ever going to get better? Slowly, but surely, the pills worked their magic and slowly, but surely, I began to feel like a human being again. That each day would be darker than the next, until finally everything was pitch black? I no longer cried myself to sleep or woke up in the morning convinced this day would suck worse than the day before. I began eating better and working out, meditating, doing yoga, and going to therapy. I didn't call up my ex-boyfriend and accuse him of ruining my life or stare blankly at my computer at work bemoaning every decision I had ever made. Then I got the job of my dreams, met my husband, and moved to California. I'm not all "ZOLOFT—It will get you a husband and a tan." But it helped. It was the Band-Aid I needed at the time and a bridge to turn me from a sad sack laying on the floor of my Manhattan apartment into the woman I wanted to be with the life I deserved to be living.
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