Depression med advice?


#1

I’ve been on Zoloft for some 3 years. I got my dosage raised about a year ago I guess. I started at 50mg. I’m at 100mg now. I’ve started to digress some lately. I don’t want to have to get it raised every time I become immune. Any advice?


#2

Is it possible to build a tolerance for zoloft? Also, any particular reason why you don’t want to go up? I believe the max is 200mg so you still have room.


#3

I’m really just assuming. I mean, that’s why I went up previously. I don’t like being dependent on medication, but if that’s all I have to complain about, that’s fine. I’m sure there’s a ceiling, probably the 200mg you mentioned. I’m scared of getting to that point and still needing an increase. I’m only 24. If I’m blessed enough to live another 50 years and I continue at this rate, do I have any other options other than be miserable?


#4

That’s understandable. I don’t know what it is but I also felt the same way at first, that being dependent on the medication was just not right and “cheap”. Actually, even when I started first working out when I was 18 about 7 years ago I thought even protein powders were cheap and unnatural. But I think that’s just an unfair bias; if you have diabetes you wouldn’t view the need for insulin as a “cheap” cop out would you? You would realize that your body chemistry is just not completely correct for what you need to live a full life and thus you need to supplement/adjust it accordingly. Same deal with our mental health issues. Something about our brain chemistry is off and we need to adjust it with medications. I guess in our case we need more serotonin (I’m on zoloft too at 50mg).

Sorry if you’ve mentioned this previously but are you also doing therapy? The reason I started medication was so I could dull the edge my attacks had on me so that I could practice my CBT techniques as well as other things like relaxation, exercise, meditation,etc. I know the meds on their own won’t actually fix all my problems since they are deep rooted in my own system of beliefs, which I need to unravel and rewire. Otherwise I could see myself in your situation as well, having to raise my dosages as life gets harder and harder to cope with.


#5

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I’ve come to terms with having an illness, but if I had the option, sure, I’d rather not need medication. I haven’t had any therapy and don’t really plan to unless I digress enough to my college days. I do need to exercise more…or period. I’m terribly overweight. Winter doesn’t help either.


#6

Exercise has definitely been helpful but its alot easier in California. At first I just started with simple walks and slowly over the years got into weight lifting and running. I think the key is just to get up and do something, anything at first.


#7

Yeah, that’s hard enough for me as it is; getting up and doing anything. Unfortunately, after work I usually just go home and play playstation or watch tv. Terribly frustrating and unproductive.


#8

It is definitely harder to get the foot out of the door during the winter but having a gym buddy or group classes can make you feel accountable.