An amazing thing happened when I began doing research for this story. I put a callout on my personal Facebook page and was immediately flooded with responses from close friends and relatives. These are women I've spent a lot of time with—explored the tiny dark corners of our insecurities, discussed politics, shared secrets, and offered catharsis in the wake of failed relationships or family troubles. And yet, I had no idea the majority of them were dealing with clinical depression. It's that exact point—how we still feel like it's relatively taboo to expose our experience with mental health issues even when we're in open, honest, and liberal relationships—that makes sharing all the more crucial. Still, it's just one of the endless reasons to continue to solidify this platform as more of a helpful, thorough resource for mental health education and awareness. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over three million adults are directly affected by persistent depression. The discourse around mental health has picked up speed, but it remains an underserved topic. If you’re curious about SSRIs, or know someone who is, we’re resharing the below meditation and guide on antidepressants, originally published in 2016, in case it’s what you need to read today. When I was 12 my grandmother died, and suddenly I saw death everywhere. I’d been an anxious kid before that, with baby-sized panic attacks that had me hallucinating slow, booming voices and strange objects that ballooned into my frame of vision. Later, I’d sit up at night to guard against what felt inevitable: our house burning down, a murderer crawling in a window. Imperceptible rejections could propel week-long crying jags, gentle self-harmings (digging my nails into my palms, slamming my head into the side of a bathroom stall) felt better than living inside my brain. One thought became eight thoughts became an endless, tangled river of possibilities, inadequacies, shortcomings, failures.
"Better living through chemistry" isn't just a slogan: I've been on antidepressants for 20 years, and can still remember exactly when the first one started to work—allowing my recovery to begin for real. Drug addicts and alcoholics are surprisingly conservative when it comes to psychiatric medications. We’re willing to try virtually anything to get high—but when it comes to taking drugs to get better, we tend to get all “Just say no.” For me, this tendency led to years of suffering before I finally had no choice other than to try antidepressants. Part of the problem can be attributed to widespread skepticism about these medications, which is prevalent in some 12-step programs. This fear has two facets: the first, a justified anxiety based on historical claims about certain medications not being addictive, which later proved false; the second, a more problematic moralizing that use of medication to “fix” an emotional or mental problem is somehow “cheating.” The issue of AA members telling people to stop taking—or advising them never to try—psych meds became so acute by the early ’80s that a 1984 conference-approved document, “The AA Member and Other Medications,” explicitly warns against “playing doctor” and states starkly: AA members and many of their physicians have described situations in which depressed patients have been told by AAs to throw away the pills, only to have depression return, with all its difficulties, sometimes resulting in suicide. Although I attended 12-step groups daily for the first five years of my recovery from cocaine and heroin addiction, I never thought that I bought into the extreme anti-drug line. Indeed, I handed out that pamphlet to many people who had been reprimanded for sharing, or felt otherwise beleaguered, about taking medication—and yet I resisted it for myself. How do I sing the praises of Zoloft without sounding like a nut? The anxiety dissipated after a few weeks and I was grateful. But to be really honest, those little blue pills are rocking my world. I didn’t feel much different, but the stomach-clenching, hypervigilant, jumpy feeling had subsided. This had so completely become my normal, I just assumed it was me– I started interviewing my friends – Do you feel overwhelmed all the time? Does it feel like there are too many people in the world? Do crowded grocery stores or trips to Ikea make you run for the hills? Others would nod slowly, looking at me suspiciously, like, That it was somehow my fault. That the overwhelm was an issue of not being organized enough, or calm enough. It was enough for me to feel grateful and happy about my choice. I didn’t notice a big change by this time and was a little disappointed, but grateful the panic and anxiety had calmed down.
Common Questions and Answers about Zoloft reviews for anxiety. zoloft. But zoloft helped me, along with Xanax for really bad times. I also have a therapist that I am just crazy about and a psychologist who reviews my meds and makes sure I am on a good path. May 6, 2017. I was prescribed Zoloft when I was 12; I took a variety of SSRIs, Zoloft to. It helped me I got through school, I went to uni, I went to work.