I have this really strange habit of getting really into TV shows and then feeling so sad when I can’t watch the next episode or if the show has ended. K and I finished the last episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones last night and I about cried because season 5 doesn’t start until April 12th. It’s literally the best show I’ve ever seen. I feel empty right now. Very weird and difficult to deal with. Sometimes I even get so attached to TV show characters that I feel sad for not getting to see them anymore. I need to stop binge watching things! I’ve been reading the Song of Fire and Ice series for a few months now and I’ve been trying to read it slowly, so that helps.
Back on topic. I have been taking Sertraline (aka Zoloft) for 3 years now. Time has really flown by and I can’t believe it’s been that long already. There are some things that I want to share with you about my experience taking sertraline for this long. I’ve certainly had time to notice the effects, good and bad, and think that if you are contemplating medication or if you are just curious, then I should share my experience to help you understand what’s the deal with sertraline.
Sertraline is commonly used to treat OCD symptoms by regulating serotonin uptake, a function that is believed to be abnormal in people with OCD. Currently, I’m on 100 mg and I don’t think I could increase it anymore or even feel a need to increase my dosage. I’m at a happy level right now.
I want to start with the good. First of all, I do not advocate medication for everyone. No two people are the same and it may not work for some. For me, I’ve seen a marked difference in OCD symptoms.
- Stressful situations are not as stressful, the edge is slightly taken off of them
- I’m generally calmer
- I sleep really well throughout the night
- My irritable bowel syndrome is not nearly as active anymore
- Feelings of being overwhelmed have decreased dramatically
- Vivid dreams. These can be really fun sometimes.
Just because this list is longer than the good list does not mean that I would stop taking my medication. For now, the benefits outweigh the side effects, for me anyway.
- Night sweats, which can be quite severe at times. I have to sleep with a waterproof mattress pad.
- Decreased activity level in just about everything I do. I feel dull sometimes.
- Vivid dreams. These can also be really terrifying at times.
- Weight gain. Not from the medication itself I believe, but the fact that I’m less stressed and more willing to eat things I wouldn’t have prior to medication (e.g.fried chicken).
- Withdrawal symptoms. If I forget a dosage, then I feel it within hours. I get a severe headache. Needless to say, I don’t do this often.
- The biggest negative for me is that I feel emotions less or am not aware that I’m being rude until it’s too late. I do not realize when I’m being a jerk. I hate this about me right now and am working on it, but it’s not easy.
Have you had similar experiences? If you want to share, send me a message on my contact page or comment below. I’d love to hear from you.