Anxiety · mental health · mental illness

To wean or not to wean?

So I’ve been on Sertraline for about a year. I have seriously horrendous depression days, random anxiety attacks and daily chest pains. A year in.
Now, call me crazy, but I don’t want to have those side effects for the rest of my life. I’m twenty years old and on a cocktail of tablets fit for a ninety year old. That just isn’t right.
I’ve been reading some experiences of people who have weaned themselves off Sertraline / Zoloft. Some are success stories, others are horror stories. So there’s the catch 22. I want to be free of tablets, I don’t want to be dependent on them forever, yet I’m also terrified to be without them. I can function on them and I’m almost like a regular girl. I want to keep that, but I want to be FREE.
Now to decide which means the most.
My doctor will of course tell me not to. She’s already told me numerous times that I’ll feel horrible if I come off them. She definitely doesn’t have a future as a motivational speaker, that’s for damn sure. But she’s a doctor and I’ve been taught all my life that doctors know what they’re talking about. Honestly, I’m not so sure they do. I know my body and I know my mind and I know what’s best for me.

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4 thoughts on “To wean or not to wean?

      1. It sounds like you need a higher dose to me, try asking your doctor if they think it’s wise. 😊

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