Zoloft has done wonders for me. The initial several weeks sucked, with side affects (see my previous posts), but after 3 weeks I was fine. Ativan really helped with my transition onto Zoloft, and helped to lessen the side affects. Overall I think Zoloft not only helped my anxiety, but helped to bring out my sense of humor, and allowed me to become a more socialible person...something I have always been but which anxiety has caused me to have hidden. Zoloft has caused some weight gain, which has been the only lasting side effect, but I have beaten it with excercising more...
The only thing about being on Zoloft that I believe to be challenging, is that it has affected my ability to deal with situations where I should not be happy. I am on Zoloft for anxiety, and panic attacks only, and have never needed it for "depression", so the anti-depression affects from the Zoloft has caused me to become a little too upbeat in bad situations.
For example...I crashed my car into a guardrail a couple weeks ago due to a ridiculous amount of snow on an unplowed road while heading home from work. I hit a bad turn, tried to stop, tried to steer...no success, crashed into a guardrail. Now, for most people, even my previous "self", would be cussing, and furious about even the most minor damage done to my freken car...but being on Zoloft, I couldn't help but feel..."not" angry. I mean, it was minor damage, and I wasn't hurt at all...but I don't get it...I wasn't mad...yet I SHOULD BE.
So...overall Zoloft is wayyy worth it for me, it has brought out my sense of humor, has not "dumbed" me down, and is leading me on a low anxiety lifestyle...it might be troubling with the mix of "emotions", but I would always choose being overly happy to overly anxious or scared ANY DAY!
I wish you all good luck, and that you're not alone!