Experience with Zoloft

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    Aug 11, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    Ok, I got prescribed Zoloft today because my anxiety disorder got a bit out of control. However, I was told there was a 20% chance of total loss of interest in sex; which is a pretty high probability in itself & all sort of possible side effects...Just wanted to hear from people who were ever on it and their experience in general. Thanks a bunch
  • metta

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    Aug 12, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    I'm not going to give medical advice.


    Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Help

    Generalized anxiety disorder treatment tip 1: Look at your worries in new ways

    Generalized anxiety disorder treatment tip 2: Practice relaxation techniques

    Generalized anxiety disorder treatment tip 3: Learn to calm down quickly

    Generalized anxiety disorder treatment tip 4: Connect with others

    Generalized anxiety disorder treatment tip 5: Change your lifestyle
    http://www.helpguide.org/mental/generalized_anxiety_disorder.htm



    For step 2:
    Insight Meditation
    http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1465

    http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/meditation-instruction/

    http://www.vipassanadhura.com/howto.htm
  • vbportugal

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    Aug 12, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    Did wonders for my depression. Gave me energy, drastically increased my concentration and focus in school.

    No loss of interest in sex but it made me last a lot longer, sometimes to the point where I couldn't finish at all. Psychiatrist said in small doses its often used to make men who finish quickly last longer.

    In all honesty I've considered getting back on it.
  • Breeman

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    Aug 13, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    pazzy saidDO NOT TAKE IT. you will be thankful you didn't.

    trust me on this. you would rather be anxiety driven then to be on those pills and fucked up.


    Totally agree!
    I'm 52. I've suffered from anxiety for years. It was absolutely crippling when I was in my late 20's and early 30's. The attacks always seemed random. I never took anything for it.

    The best thing I can tell you about dealing with anxiety is, keep yourself occupied as much as you can. Talk about it with your friends and family and stay physically active as much as you can.
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    Aug 13, 2014 3:28 AM GMT
    I was given it by the VA almost 15 years ago, after I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I didn't have any symptoms of depression, but the doctors insisted that 60% of all patients with my kind of epilepsy had depression, and so they said I should take it, and prescribed it along with my anti-convulsants.

    Sertraline (Zoloft) made me unable to reach an orgasm. Other anti-depressants the VA tried with me prevented me from getting fully erect, I could only get semi-hard. I also became rather zombie-like, devoid of emotions. And yet I saw no positive effects from any of them. Not surprising, since I was never depressed to begin with.

    I finally told my doctors I wasn't gonna take any of that crap anymore. I said I can't think of a better way to MAKE a man depressed than to make him sexually impotent.

    Maybe these drugs serve a purpose for the seriously depressed. But otherwise, don't touch them. And question the diagnosis. My VA doctors prescribed them for me without any indication of actual depression, just on the knee-jerk basis of my being epileptic. Or that you're a gay man, struggling against a hostile straight world.

    Get a second opinion, and challenge these guys to prove their case. A lot of depression can be cured with counseling, and solving the external causatives, without resorting to a bottle of pills.
  • wellwell

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    Aug 13, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    I've seen lots of Ppl react quite poorly to Zoloft!!

    Personal opinion: Although subtle, Prozac seems to be a bit of a miracle drug; if it is approached, as a very-temporary measure until you're in a better frame of mind. Seems like 30 days initially; followed by 60 days of improving the mental outlook (and enjoying the UNREAL orgasms); and concluding with, 60 days of tapering right off again. It is quite dangerous to quit a serotonin reabsorbing inhibitor "cold turkey."

    Also, these new-generation drugs ALL will accelerate the aging process; especially, Zoloft!