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Always feeling jittery/anxious

mikeo1031

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Hi. I'm currently taking Sertraline 100mg once a day, Quetiapine Fumarate 25mg once a day. I've been on the Sertraline for 25 days now. I just started the Quetiapine Fumarate. I'm always feeling jittery. Never calm. Right now, even though I'm not thinking about anything and am in a pretty good mood, my heart is racing, my inner body feels hot, and my hands are shaking. There's nothing right now that I'm anxious about. Does anyone still feel anxious when you're not? Could this have something to do with the Sertraline. Thank you
 

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We’re you having the same symptoms before you started any of the mentioned meds?
 

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Yes. Anxiety & depression. I don't know if the sertraline is at it's full effect yet, maybe not working for me, or is anxiety something that's kinda always there
 

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Anxiety can go either way. Some folks have symptoms off and on, some have a run of good days, then some bad ones. Some folks have symptoms 24/7 without any good days at all. The latter is my own experience. There is a reputable website, anxietycentre.com, that you can learn about symptoms. It costs about $50 USD for a year subscription, well worth the money. It even has a forum such as this one. It’s an educational website directed at anxiety disorders. Dr’s usually tell patients that it takes about six weeks for the antidepressant to start working. Some folks see improvement sooner, it varies on an individual basis. The hard part is waiting for it to kick in. Anxiety folks have little patience with the process, as would be expected given their condition. One word of caution, antidepressants do help stabilize the mood and alleviate the symptoms somewhat. What they don’t do is change your thinking process which is what is causing the anxiety. That is something we must do on our own, preferably with good help from a reliable source. If I may, without any judgment toward you, is to help you understand that you must face your fear, whether it is death or just growing old, and work your way through it, rebuild your confidence. Pills cannot help us do that. They have no effect on our thought process. Hope this helps.
 

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Yup! That just about sums it up MATD. Medication can never cure anxiety, but what it can do is to give us breathing space to be able to look at our problem with some reason and see what we can do about it. So often 'triggers' occur without us even noticing why, so that we are plunged into an anxiety episode without any reason, or at least none that is obvious. Don't go looking for the whys, concentrate on allowing your mind to think more rationally, and that is where medication can help. We have become 'sensitised'. That means that we react to any negative event in an irrational way. This can become a Habit. Breaking the habit of seeing everything in a negative way is by no means easy, but it can be done given the will. But anxiety saps the will. We can get to the point where we give in to it all and assume we will always be this way and have to manage 'IT' or put up with 'IT'. That is far from the truth.
Acceptance and good counselling can eventually begin the process of recovery, but it takes time and patience, and patience is not something many anxiety sufferers have a lot of.
 
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