I have OCD and anxiety and I recently went to see a psychiatrist that diagnosed me with both. She prescribed me 50mg of Zoloft, and I have not taken them yet as I am scared, extremely scared! At first it was just the nausea and the idea/fact that I would be depending on something to make me feel "normal" and if I would ever be able to feel normal without them. Well, after researching over the internet, I found that so many people have experienced complications from antidepressants. The most frightening was the "brain zaps", "brain shock", "brain shivers", "2-3 second blackouts", "brain shifting" and many other descriptions of the "discontinuing syndrome" . Some have even described the feeling of disorientation for a few seconds, not knowing what or where they were. Some describe the numbness of their brain, but most of the descriptions lead to some sort of zap or shock of the brain. Moving eyes from right to left causes the zaps to occur frequent and some complain or fear of driving and being zapped. Most of the people describe the zaps as withdrawal symptoms when weening off of the drug. However, some people have complained of having the zaps during use also. Some have even complained of the zaps occuring for months even years after stopping the SSRI's. I took one half of one pill (the directions say to take half of pill for 4 days then whole) so I basically only took 25mg of Zoloft and then after research I haven't taken the pill. I have an appointment scheduled with a therapist in 7 days so I will attempt to go without the pills and try therapy first. I just want to know some experiences or what you think I should do. Should I take the pills or should I just do therapy? My psychiatrist told me therapy will help the OCD but the anxiety may not be helped and the pills will help that.
Also one other question. I have built a good connection relationship with my psychiatrist and she knows me well, even though we have only met twice she knows everything about me. However she gave me a card and i looked at it the other day and her official title is "Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist". I am 22 years old and she was not my child psychiatrist (I never saw a psychiatrist during childhood). Should I be seeing an adult one? As I said before she is a good one and she knows me but I was just wondering to be sure.View Thread
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