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New to meds

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Ive been diagnosed with mild anxiety by my GP but living with the symptoms is frightening and has taken over my life - i get DP most days and this is the most disturbing symptom of me

He has suggested that i take 50mg a day of sertraline but reading the side effects on the tablets im terrified of taking them for feeling worse

Can anyone advise of their ecperiences - im thinking of not taking them and trying to get through this myself
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Janey- I don't know your medical history as fas as anti-depressants are concerned; however, if you've never been on meds and are suffering from anxiety(with DP) I think that you should first try a benzodiazepine(Valium, Ativan, Klonopin). These medications will calm you down and will allow you to function again, but they're not meant for long term usage because of habit forming potential. The reason your anxiety is so out of control is because all of your symtpoms are building up and feeding of each other and it feels like they're cascading and getting worse, and the problem with Sertraline and othe SSRI's is that they will make you feel uncomfortable in the beginning; they take two or three weeks before they work in your system. I tried an SSRI once for a couple of days and it made me extremely nervous, so I stopped.
It was quick...I agree. A couple of days later another doctor prescribed 15 pills (no refill) of lorazepam, I took a couple to help me sleep for about a week and that helped me immensely. My DP was still there a little bit but my sleeplesness and anxiety disappeared. I did not want to take meds long term; a couple of benzo pills on an as need basis made all the diference for me. This was three years DP has been gone for quite some time.
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