Sertraline is a medication used to treat anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. I came off Citalopram and put on to Sertraline when I started to feel worse on Citalopram than off it. It took around 4-6 weeks to kick in and oh boy has it made such a hugely positive difference.
I first started taking it at night, but it kept me up so I now take it in the mornings and it’s made a huge difference. I no longer wake up feeling like I need to stay in bed all day. Suddenly I had the energy to wake up earlier than my alarm and get ready in the mornings to get to work in time. Although the anxiety is still there I am finding it a lot easier to cope with. I am less paranoid and facing everything head-on whereas beforehand I was just staying in my comfort space – bed.
When I initially went back to work after 2 weeks of taking Sertraline it was too much for me and I ended up getting signed off again, but after around 6 weeks on the medication, I felt that I could go in no bother and I’ve been in every day I am meant to be in since. Although a lot of the work has been done by me to get to this stage, I definitely feel that Sertraline has been helping with my mood levels to balance everything out a bit.
The biggest change for me is that I am actually feeling excited again. I’m not just faking excitement to please others. Although I have days where I feel numb and lifeless, these have been coming less and less as the weeks go on.
It’s recommended not to drink on anti-depressants, so I haven’t been. Alcohol in itself is a depressant and I have been avoiding it for a good few months now and I think it’s been helping, but I can’t be certain as I’ve been doing other things to get back on track.
For me this medication has been the only thing to pull me out of my rut and get me back on my feet, although the journey isn’t over yet, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am blessed with a partner and family who understand what I’m going through and support me regardless, even when I’m being snippy or when I am panicking. This definitely helps a lot.
Having a support system is so important when going through dark times. If you don’t have a support system, my emails are always open. I may not respond straight away, but if you need someone to talk to you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org even if it’s just for a rant or to ask a few questions. I’ll respond as soon as I can.