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Old 07-09-2005, 02:22 PM   #1
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Zoloft induced Depersonalization

I started zoloft about 2 weeks ago. I have been having some major symptoms of DEpersonalization. I feel horrible. I feel like I am not me, I dont belong in my body. I feel like life isnt real, if I think about it I can really work myself into a major panic. This is really freaking me out. I know who everyone is around me, I know the date, and all that. I just feel out of it, like I am going schitzo, or I am going to lose my mind at any moment. I am totally obessessing over this because of how awful I feel. I cant believe I can even sit and type. I feel like screaming, and running, but only from myself. Is this the Zoloft? I was prescribed it for anxiety, panic and OCD. I think its no good. Thank you anyone

 
Old 07-10-2005, 11:16 AM   #2
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

to t panic
zoloft often makes your anxiety get worse at first, something many docs dont know or dont want to hear about
this extra anxiety may well be causing the derealisation
I would stop the zoloft with docs OK as I dont think its for you
another antidepressant of a different type could be tried later
any valium type meds taken as needed will help a lot to calm you but many docs wont prescribe them, insisting on antidepressants only for anxiety sadly

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Old 07-16-2005, 11:24 AM   #3
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

Hi I was on zoloft for 7 yrs and this was a common problem, I felt numb to most emotions and did not feel like I was in my own body ( if you know what I mean ) I also had bad withdrawal symptoms to. Please speak to your doctor re this asap.

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Old 07-18-2005, 01:28 AM   #4
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

I know so far the advice has been to stop taking it. But like the first reply said, sometimes it gets worse before better. Do you take any fast acting drugs like a benzo? If you do you could try a daily benzo regime for a few weeks until the zoloft has a chance to start doing its thing. But, of course I would check w/ your dr. first, this is just what I would contemplate doing.

Also, what is your dosage vs. how long you've been taking zoloft?

 
Old 07-23-2005, 02:17 PM   #5
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

I've been on Zoloft for over 2 months now and it has worked great at getting rid of my panic and anxiety attacks but recently I was driving and you know how you zone out sometimes? Like you're seeing everything in perifial vision instead of frontal. Your mind seems far away from you and sounds get softer. Well, that's how I felt. I thought at first I was just deep in thought about who knows what and then I seemed to kind of slip deeper into it. It scared me a bit because I was driving and felt like I couldn't pay attention to the road or other cars around me. Almost like I had slap myself to snap out of it. Then recently while driving to my brothers, the same thing happened. It was hard for me to concentrate on the road.... Like I was only seeing in my side vision again.. The tree's particularly seemed fake, like I was in a plannetarium with trees instead of stars. The whole time I realized it was happening but though I'd try and snap out of it I seemed drawn into it... Like a feeling of floating with weird cartoon like vision of the nature (trees, grass, etc.) around me. It seems like if there isn't a lot of action around me or buildings, lights, to look at that this happens. Is there anything I can take for this to get rid of the de-personalization? I'd like to stay on Zoloft because it's great for me at getting rid of panic & stuff, plus I feel really good inside.. Just the weird zoned out stuff I don't like. I'd hate to have an accident because I was zoned out so bad.
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

to t panic
I suggest you stop driving until this is sorted out, it may be from the zoloft or some other separate siezure related problem, see doc soon

research zoloft on the net to see if your problem is mentioned

is the zoloft working for you? is your panic disorder any better

a possible cause of your problems is anxiety but with the zoloft working, anxiety should be greatly reduced

 
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

to danilee
this is common from zoloft and other similar meds when starting them
it should help by splitting the tablet and halving the dose for a while, some valium type meds would also help

the early side effects should stop soon

 
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

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to t panic
I suggest you stop driving until this is sorted out, it may be from the zoloft or some other separate siezure related problem, see doc soon

research zoloft on the net to see if your problem is mentioned

is the zoloft working for you? is your panic disorder any better

a possible cause of your problems is anxiety but with the zoloft working, anxiety should be greatly reduced
The zoloft is working great as for getting rid of my panic attacks, I don't have any or worry about them any more. I haven't had any anxiety either since after 2 weeks on zoloft and it's been a little over 2 months. I've been checked for seizure disorder before and was cleared on that so, I know it's not seizures. Believe me, I've been checked/had tests from many different kind of specialist, GP's & at the ER 3 times for every thing on earth over the last 2 years and all come back good. The only thing that was mildly bad was my blood sugar was very slightly low after not eating for a while and it went back up to normal after I ate. I think the derealization/zoning out is from the zoloft. Kind of makes you feel a little spacey and forget things easily (anyone else having short term memory probs on zoloft?). It's kind of like you're walking into a room to do something and when you get there you forgot why you went in there. It's on the tip of your tongue but you can't think of it right away (takes a sec). I did go on that same drive today and I didn't have any any feelings of derealization at all so, that's weird. I guess it comes once in a blue moon? Either way, it sucks and is a bit scarey.
I haven't been exercising for about a month now and today I went swimming then later for a run. I feel so much more calm. You know how you do when you've had a good work out, the relaxed body & good feeling in your mind that you did something good for yourself. Well, I think I just need to get back to exercising! I felt so good on the zoloft the 1st month that I gave up on some of the other things I was doing to help myself and de-stress. A month later I can see that I do need those things such as exercise, etc... It so easy to get lazy and let it go when you're feeling good. But to keep feeling good we have to keep up with it.
Thanks!
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

oops, forgot to mention....
When I was mentioning not having anxiety for 2 months on the zoloft, I did have anxiety yesterday for the first time since I started the zoloft. I never take xanax unless I MUST have it and I took one 2 days ago for a long drive I had to do. I'm not sure if the anxiety was from the xanax leaving my system or from only eating fruit and yogurt that day. It had been a while since I ate anything when it happened. I haven't had any anxiety at all today though.
Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2005, 05:34 AM   #10
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

I have been on Zoloft 100mg for a month, and in the last week i have decided to leave my fiancee, i think i dont love him anymore, infact i have no feelings towards him at all, could this be the zoloft, depression, or just the fact that i would feel this way regardless of the pills? Im so confused, he's moving out today because i dont know if i love him and its tearing him apart.

 
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I have been on Zoloft 100mg for a month, and in the last week i have decided to leave my fiancee, i think i dont love him anymore, infact i have no feelings towards him at all, could this be the zoloft, depression, or just the fact that i would feel this way regardless of the pills? Im so confused, he's moving out today because i dont know if i love him and its tearing him apart.
Hi, I had a friend who was in a relationship, engaged & buying a house together for 12 years! At first she was very happy & in love but as time went on he changed (cheated, etc..) and she still stayed with him because of her feelings for him. Well, things got really bad and she still could not find it in herself to leave him so, she was depressed and stuck in a rut with it. Her doc put her on zoloft to help her with depression and within 2 months she left him, moved out, got 2 jobs and bought her own house all alone and is VERY happy now. She told me she would have never been able to do it without zoloft because it numbed her feelings to the point she didn't feel anything for him anymore. My question to you is, how was you feeling towards him before you started the zoloft? Did you have a good relationship, were happy, he was/is a good man? If if was good before the zoloft then you very well could just be feeling depersonalization from your true feelings in general for him and maybe other things in your life from the zoloft. I know that my friend I spoke of above could care less about her man after she got on zoloft but in her case it was a good thing because he became a terrible partner & person. So, if your relationship was not good before the zoloft then maybe the meds are just desensitising you towards him enough to be brave and move on with your life without him. Yes, zoloft can make you not "feel" inside the depth of emotions you did before taking it. Some people even say they get to where they feel like a zombie, void of emotion, not able to cry or care too much about things. Maybe your does is too high. 100mg's for your first month is VERY high. I would think from my experience that you would be on 50mg's for at least 2 months before even being able to know if the meds truly work for you or not and if it is helping at that point but not enough then would be good to go up to 75mg's for another month and so on. I was givin too high of a dose my first time on zoloft and it made me wacky, hyper, etc., so, I went way down on the mg's and have found a good balance to where I still have a normal good set of emotions but don't feel depressed, anxiety, etc. If your relationship was good before the zoloft then I'd wait a couple of months before making such a big decision like that because it takes 6 to 8 weeks for the side effects to subside. Each person is different and in your case one of the side effects of your brain adjusting to the new medicine could be how you feel which makes you think you don't feel anything for someone or something inparticular and then later once you get used to the meds being in your system around the 8 week mark the side effects go away and a good balance of feelings, etc., should fully start to kick in. Then decide how you truly feel.
Good luck,
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Old 07-27-2005, 08:59 AM   #12
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

Thanks for your reply, my relationship has always been up and down, he's a gambler, he's got us in £28000 debt, so I suppose that your right and maybe this could be a good thing, over the last six months he has changed, his wages go into my bank account, i have full control, ive cut up the credit cards and seen debt councellors and things were getting back to normal, becore the ocd took a turn for the worse and now i feel totally un-emotional, i dont feel happy, sad, exited, scared, nothing at all, going to work is so exhausting, i just dont get any enjoyment out of it anymore, im going to stay on the meds as it hasn't been long, but i will speak to my psychotherapist about the dose. I dont want to go on anything else, i'm desperate for this to work, ive taken so many pills over the last ten years and been mis-diagnosed many times, i finally feel im getting somewhere, i know i have ocd, and possibly bdd, i need to get well now because im too young to suffer like this for so many years. Thanks for your advice

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Old 07-28-2005, 06:00 AM   #13
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

You're welcome...
From what you've said about the relationship, it may be best for you to move on and like I said about my friend, the zoloft will help you to keep your emotions out of making the decision to get him out of your life. Just take some time for yourself to get things balanced out right with your meds so, you can get to where you feel better. If you ever need to chat, we're here for you.
Take care,
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:57 AM   #14
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

It's nice to know theres others who understand, i dont get on here as much as id like to, this is a really helpful site. Im getting the meds sorted and have taken my dose down a little, just beginning to feel a benefit now and getting cognitive behaviour therapy too. We are going to part, hes still living with me but we need to get the financial stuff sorted before i can move on with things, thanks again,

Lis xxx

 
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Re: Zoloft induced Depersonalization

Quote:
Originally Posted by danilee
I started zoloft about 2 weeks ago. I have been having some major symptoms of DEpersonalization. I feel horrible. I feel like I am not me, I dont belong in my body. I feel like life isnt real, if I think about it I can really work myself into a major panic. This is really freaking me out. I know who everyone is around me, I know the date, and all that. I just feel out of it, like I am going schitzo, or I am going to lose my mind at any moment. I am totally obessessing over this because of how awful I feel. I cant believe I can even sit and type. I feel like screaming, and running, but only from myself. Is this the Zoloft? I was prescribed it for anxiety, panic and OCD. I think its no good. Thank you anyone

Hi there

I know exactly how you feel. I have panic attacks and have been on Lexapro for over a year now. Well, my doctors wanted me to switch because of something that was going on......anyway, I tried Zoloft and it made me feel the same way. I felt really numb and had no emotions what so ever. I felt like my mind wasn't communicating with my body fast enough. I would think about moving my arm and my arm wouldn't move right away and I would even stumble when I walked. It was a very weird feeling. I took it for a week and finally got off. I couldn't take that feeling any longer. Talk to your doctor about it first and see what he/she says. There are definitely other SSRI's that your doctor can prescribe. Good luck!

Chantel

 
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