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Weimgirl: Free from Zoloft and ostpartum depression

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Weimgirl

I have used this site plenty of times. mostly to check back and see success stories. there was so many days I needed encouragement to believe that freedom would one day be mine.

I started taking Zoloft for Postpartum depression I was on it for a total of a year and 2 months. I spent the next 2 years battling the negative effects of coming off and withdrawals from this horrible drug. The side effects being off were horrible, much worse then when I was on them. I felt I was going insane. Suicidal thought were rampant, and so was the hopelessness of feeling like I'd be that way forever.

Knowing that these were just symptoms from the withdrawals were the only logical thing that passed through my brain and kept me on track.

 

I have been completely off antidepressants now for 1 year and 8 months. The first year was utterly awful and the last 8 months have gotten increasingly better with time . as much as I'm a proactive person who wanted to feel like I was doing all I could to recover. The more time went on the more I realized that my best remedy for healing was TIME. I know that doesn't sound fun and its not like i don,t believe the other treatments and support I used werent benefical. Counceling, proper nutrition, chiropractic care and spending time with the Lord in Prayer are all positive aspects but when the brain needs to heal I believe time was my best asset. it also really helped take the pressure off me.

I can honestly say that I feel completely and totally healed from my postpartum depression. I love my little girl to the moon and back. I also am no longer afraid to make plans for the future. and I the last 4 months I have flown in a plane 8 times which is something that would have been unheard of and probably one of my biggest fears. Keep facing your troubles head on and never run from them. Recovery is for everyone. Finding the strength to be positive and pick yourself up again is exhausting but so is Anxiety and depression. You can do this. there is an end. you will come out of this so amazingly strong. Trust me.

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gigi63

Weimgirl, Congratulations to you!!!! I am so happy for you. So happy your little girl has her Mommy!!!! Happy Mothers day to you. Oh, you must be so very happy and feel so blessed!!!! I am very encouraged to hear you, yet another voice coming through, speak to TIME!!! TIME being the essential piece. Yes, the other measures are so important and I am one who believes in prayer and the Lord. My own lifeline!!!! It is a relief because you are right, it takes pressure off. We cannot make our CNS heal quicker than it can. Thank you for sharing your good news!!!

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Madeleine

What a lovely Mother's Day story. Thanks for sharing!

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gigi63

Weimgirl, was the flying mandatory or optional? How did you know you were ready? I Thank you to respond.

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anongrl5590

Thank you for posting this success story! Really inspiring. 

 

When did you see a turning point of healing? Did you experience any physical symptoms at all or was it mainly mental symptoms? How many symptoms did you get?

Also did you CT or taper your medication?

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Pepita

so good to hear these stories, how wonderful! I wish continuous healing for you and a wonderful time with your family!

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Sampo

Congratulations to you! It was nice to find your succes story because I was on Sertraline (same stuff with different name) and you are living prove of healing. I was longer time on the drug so that's why it will take longer time to heal, I quess.

 

But anyway, enjoy of your life because now it's finally possible! :)

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theloneranger86

Weimgirl

Its so encouraging to see your recovery story. I was wondering if you could talk about anhedonia and sexual dysfunction. Did you lose emotions / feelings ? 

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nicolantana

great story!! I second lone ranger. how was the emotional side of things?

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sunnyc

THANK YOU! I needed this today. So sad you went through WD for so long, but I am in the same boat and 9 months into this hell hole. Seeing you survived it all and came out the other side is beyond encouraging. 

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AmyK

"Recovery is for everyone". Thankyou, I needed to hear that today! 

I wish you all the best. How lovely to hear about your little girl. 

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Weimgirl
On 2017-05-15 at 0:09 PM, gigi63 said:

Weimgirl, was the flying mandatory or optional? How did you know you were ready? I Thank you to respond.

 

On 2017-05-15 at 0:09 PM, gigi63 said:

Weimgirl, was the flying mandatory or optional? How did you know you were ready? I Thank you to respond.

flying was optional as they were all for vacations.  I know that sounds like a luxury but travel was a very scary thing for me.  Planes and  being away new food new place etc. It is something that is very important to my husband so it was something I really wanted to conquer so I just kept practicing it. I spent many hours in airport bathrooms with nervous diarrhea and vomiting.  It still not my favourite thing but I can totally do it now without all the physical outcries. I just told my body. "Do your worst". I wasn't giving in.  Good luck with your own flying.  All the best 

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On 2017-05-15 at 3:56 PM, anongrl5590 said:

Thank you for posting this success story! Really inspiring. 

 

When did you see a turning point of healing? Did you experience any physical symptoms at all or was it mainly mental symptoms? How many symptoms did you get?

Also did you CT or taper your medication?

I would say the turning point in my healing was when I was very low and I could look at my daughter with so much love. Knowing that I was no longer dealing with Postpartum Depression and now was in a battle with the withdrawals was a huge turning point.  Having my first great window of relief was amazing too. I felt like myself which was something I thought was never going to be a reality again.  I was able to be the mother I dreamed of being. My body definitely followed the wave and window cycle.  Which sucked to be thrown into a low after a period of normal living but I just new to be thankful for them and to know that the low WILL have an end.   I still have mild waves but am completely able to function in them so I know they are just residual effects and can confidently come through them.  

As for my symptoms. Sheesh where to start.  Yes I had many mental and physical. Always during a wave and all the symptoms disappear during a window

Brain fog, Insomnia, stiff neck, nausea, panic, depression, extream fatigue, loss of interest in everything, sore eyes, Irritability numbness in fingers and forearms, and random vibrations on my body. I would think I was dying or had a chronic disease but all would be ok as soon as I would feel better for a couple months.  I helped me know that it was all just side effects.  Hope this helps you some or at least makes you feel more normal

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On 2017-05-17 at 0:52 PM, theloneranger86 said:

Weimgirl

Its so encouraging to see your recovery story. I was wondering if you could talk about anhedonia and sexual dysfunction. Did you lose emotions / feelings ? 

At my low times I didn't feel like having any relationship it intimacy at all but I was just lacking interest in everything not sex specifically. I have had a really hard time with the pleasure of Sex through this whole experience but it if hard to say why was caused by the drug and what was caused from Child birth as I had had lots of physical damage done during birth that could be major factors.  Sorry to not be of more help.  

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gigi63

Weimgirl thank you for coming back and answering our questions.  Where are you at now?   May I ask, did sexual desire return?  Hope you are continuing to see great improvements.  Thank you. Gigi. 

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Ryder

Hi Weimgirl,

 

I am really glad to here that you have recovered and taken the time to write home about it. I too am taking Zoloft. 100mg daytime. May I ask how you went about doing it? The drugs here are difficult to cut, but in saying that, I am open to getting off this drug as you are living proof that it is possible:excl: I have tried sheer willpower but that alone won't do it. Feels a bit like alcohol really Only time will do it.

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