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MidnightDream

MidnightDream

Vibing & surviving (ish)
Sep 5, 2022
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I'm diagnosed bpd & autistic.. they're giving me this to try before referring me to psych for anything else.
I've always been absolutely terrified of medication, but needs must.
Has anyone actually had a good experience with it? Or if not, could maybe give me an idea of what to expect in that first week of taking them? I've never heard anything good and ironically the thought of taking them is making me more anxious than anything else rn.
 
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[HNO]

Experienced
Aug 21, 2022
284
i took escitalopram and venlafaxine, both are SSRIs in combination with antipsychotics. i didn't noticed any changes except for being sleepy/lethargic all day and gaining weight. in my opinion one should correct internal causes of mental illness such as thyroid dysfunction, micronutrient deficiency from poor diet, abnormal sleep schedule and sedentary lifestyle before take on trust what psychiatrists say that all your problem are external and you needed meds to regain 'normality' (that's very broad definition)
 
Lonerzepam

Lonerzepam

O'lord! I Have My Doubts
Sep 2, 2022
478
Sertraline and Prozac are the reason why I'm in this forum...But I have to say I also smoked weed additionally but my doctor said it was fine. It wasn't.

Yeah anyways if you only take them and no additional recreational drugs you'll probably be fine. By fine I mean you'll feel like shit the first few weeks of taking them.
diarrhea, nausea, confusion, feeling more suicidal (really ironic), very rare hallucinations but you can develope HPPD even just by taking them but this is alaso very rare but it's the reason why I'm here in the first place. Yeah idk they work different for everybody. My mom's on them and she really seems less depressed and more energized but I think this is only because it dumps/numbs her true feelings and emotions. Sometimes I feel like she's a robot. This is my experience with SSRIs. Don't recommend.
 
MidnightDream

MidnightDream

Vibing & surviving (ish)
Sep 5, 2022
300
i took escitalopram and venlafaxine, both are SSRIs in combination with antipsychotics. i didn't noticed any changes except for being sleepy/lethargic all day and gaining weight. in my opinion one should correct internal causes of mental illness such as thyroid dysfunction, micronutrient deficiency from poor diet, abnormal sleep schedule and sedentary lifestyle before take on trust what psychiatrists say that all your problem are external and you needed meds to regain 'normality' (that's very broad definition)
Sertraline and Prozac are the reason why I'm in this forum...But I have to say I also smoked weed additionally but my doctor said it was fine. It wasn't.

Yeah anyways if you only take them and no additional recreational drugs you'll probably be fine. By fine I mean you'll feel like shit the first few weeks of taking them.
diarrhea, nausea, confusion, feeling more suicidal (really ironic), very rare hallucinations but you can develope HPPD even just by taking them but this is alaso very rare but it's the reason why I'm here in the first place. Yeah idk they work different for everybody. My mom's on them and she really seems less depressed and more energized but I think this is only because it dumps/numbs her true feelings and emotions. Sometimes I feel like she's a robot. This is my experience with SSRIs. Don't recommend.
See this is my fear. I've never cared what other people do, but I always said medication wasn't for me, as for me it would just be masking the overall problem rather than actually doing anything to help. Plus, I'm scared of something altering my brain, my mind, my thoughts, NO thank you. Horrendous.
But it's got to the point now where I feel like I have to do SOMETHING or else it's game over.. I won't survive going on like this. So maybe the risk is worth taking? I don't know. I'm just scared.
 
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Regen

Student
Aug 20, 2020
162
I took sertraline for many years. I stopped taking it every now and then because it caused me great problems with sleeping.

But at some point I started taking it again and again because it really helps me significantly.

For me Sertraline is one of the drugs with the best effect with the least side effects. I like it and it helps me. I have more drive, I'm clearer in my thoughts, I can communicate better with people, I'm less angry, I'm more loving, I can feel more joy, I feel less depressed, I'm more balanced, I don't get caught up in suspicious thoughts about other people as easily.

It's not a drug you need to be afraid of. It is definitely worth a try!

I really don't like taking medications. But they do help.
 
SaturnReturn

SaturnReturn

Student
Oct 2, 2022
133
Sertraline is top 3 in the worst meds I took. You couldn't pay me to take it again.

I don't think bpd can be helped with meds but what do I know.
 
onlyanimalsaregood

onlyanimalsaregood

Unlovable 💔 Rest in peace CommitSudoku 🤍
Mar 11, 2022
1,325
I took sertraline for many years. I stopped taking it every now and then because it caused me great problems with sleeping.

But at some point I started taking it again and again because it really helps me significantly.

For me Sertraline is one of the drugs with the best effect with the least side effects. I like it and it helps me. I have more drive, I'm clearer in my thoughts, I can communicate better with people, I'm less angry, I'm more loving, I can feel more joy, I feel less depressed, I'm more balanced, I don't get caught up in suspicious thoughts about other people as easily.

It's not a drug you need to be afraid of. It is definitely worth a try!

I really don't like taking medications. But they do help.
Definitely. It helps me a lot too. And sometimes in sos I take one benzo (cloxam).
 
achromatic

achromatic

hedgehog dilemma
Oct 18, 2022
127
No - but I never noticed any sort of effect from ssri (or snri) - really I could be eating chalk instead lol that doesn't mean it won't be helpful for you - it may be worth trying 💜
 
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Eternally Dottie

Dreamer
Dec 17, 2021
193
I’ve been taking it for 7 years at different doses and overall I feel it does help me. I didn’t want to go on medication and held off for a long time but in the end I didn’t really have a choice as the anxiety wasn’t improving with various talking therapies. The downside is I now see it as a safety net and am worried about being able to cope without it.
 
blackwidow

blackwidow

Road to nowhere
Aug 12, 2022
112
everyone is so different so it's a hard one for anyone to answer.. I was on citalopram can't spell it sorry, for 15 years.. no idea of it made any difference really as I still felt shit on it.. I changed to sertraline about 6.monthes ago and made no difference at all from citalopram.. feel no better or worse.. no side effects nothing. May as well be eating a duff tablet really.. certainly hasnt had any profound effect on me at all.
 
Ashu

Ashu

novelist, author of The Far Himalaya
Nov 13, 2021
382
Always to be mentioned are the SSRIs' debilitating sexual side effects, long denied but very common, often devastating, and sometimes irreversible.
Always to be mentioned are the SSRIs' debilitating sexual side effects, long denied but very common, often devastating, and sometimes irreversible.
Lives have been destroyed by the sexual side effects alone. Let the buyer beware.
 
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MidnightDream

MidnightDream

Vibing & surviving (ish)
Sep 5, 2022
300
Sertraline is top 3 in the worst meds I took. You couldn't pay me to take it again.

I don't think bpd can be helped with meds but what do I know.
You're right, it can't. But I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety with it recently so hoping it'll help with that
Thanks everyone, appreciate all your input :)
 
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PartlyHuman

Sorry for my English
Jan 10, 2021
63
I was diagnosed with depression and some mild bpd, was prescribed sertraline and valproate to help with mood swings and hydroxyzine to address sleeping issues/anxiety. Side effects were quite bad but it helped with depression a lot and bpd got better more due to the fact I discovered I have it and now understand what is happening to me. Now I'm off sertraline, no lasting side-effects, a bit worse sleeping, maybe.
 
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Nerozero

Nerozero

Member
Sep 25, 2022
13
I started with sertraline some days ago. I have some diarrhea the first days

I don't see any change but I don't know how much time it gets
 
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LittleJem

Enlightened
Jul 3, 2019
1,737
it can take 8-12 weeks for the effects to kick in for SSRIs. You might have start-up side effects that pass with time - for example some people get extra anxiety/depression (maybe you will be given Benzos to help with those?). I'm on Fluoextetine and ti took five weeks for a partial response and 12 weeks for a greater response.

Here are reviews from Drugs.com for Sertraline for BPD

I would say it's worth trying - wish you luck. I really recommend the Facebook support groups for starting on SSRIs. They have them for each med and you will see success stories on there as well as people supporting each other with side effects:

 
jodes2

jodes2

I'm pro CHOICE. Don't start on me. PLEASE
Aug 28, 2022
3,639
It just gave me migraines when I came off it
 
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LittleJem

Enlightened
Jul 3, 2019
1,737
I got quite agitated during Week 1 and stopped it - but better to sit through side effects and see if it works afterwards. I dont' have much courage with side effects.
 
Seiko

Seiko

"Nothing's gonna hurt you, baby."
Jul 9, 2021
110
I think it all depends on the person. Sertraline didn't have much of an effect on me.
 
goodnighttime

goodnighttime

Member
Nov 18, 2022
23
I took it for anxiety and depression over the summer. For me it helped quite a bit and I didn’t have to worry about those things for quite some time. Take it with food or water! It burned my throat otherwise. It made me sleep for like 12 hours a night too lol.