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Old 02-23-12, 11:45 AM
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Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I don't know if I've got ADHD. I was pretty sure I did but my GP is convinced that all my symptoms are caused by depression.

I've resisted taking anti depressants for 8 years (for stupid, completely irrational but surprisingly compelling reasons). I'm still not keen but my GP thinks they'll cure the ADHD symptoms, that is problems with restlessness, concentration, focussing, memory, etc. She said, it will also help with the OCD (if I've got that).

I looked up Setraline and apparently it's a sufficiently effective AD and it's got relatively few side effects. and also helps with social phobia (which I don't have), panic disorder (which I also don't have or just very, very mildly), PTSD (which I might have) and PMDD (which I likely have)

One of the side effects is increased restlessness, agitation, and an inability to sit still. But thankfully that's supposed to wear off quite soon.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with Sertraline. Did it help with depression or ADHD symptoms? Did it make the symptoms worse? Apparently, it affects the transmission of dopamine so it might help? How long did it take for you to notice any effects? My GP said about 3 weeks.

(If I don't have ADHD, does that mean I'm not supposed to be on this forum anymore??? )
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

Although my memory is a little "fuzzy" lol - I have been on Zoloft (Sertraline) in the past. Although it has been some time. I don't remember exactly how it made me feel although I know that since I'm no longer on it, it didn't completely work for me. But basically every anti-depressant I've been on I have felt that way about. I've always felt they help a little but there is still so much more that could be done. I would still feel "out of it", unable to concentrate, procrastinate, leave my apartment messy, forget things, lose things, etc.
But as we all know every medicine works differently for each person. I've heard Wellbutrin can help with ADD symptoms, But I think it only helps to a point (I was on it for several years as well).
Being that you're in the UK, I've heard that getting an ADD diagnosis is difficult and I don't envy you. is there any type of ADHD clinics there you can go in for testing?
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I began taking Omega 3 about 10 years ago and noticed a huge improvement
in concentration and focus - but it didn't help with my Anxiety and Depression
at all although some find it helps balance moods. Finally a few months ago I
agreed to a trial of an anti-depressant which I'd been resisting for about 20
years.

I started on Celexa (generic) and it really helped with the Anxiety and
Depression, can't say it improved the ADHD symptoms any more than the
Omega 3 already did. Unfortunately it caused non-stop appetite and after I
gained 10 pounds in one month I asked to be switched to Zoloft (generic -
sertraline). Still no improvement in the ADHD beyond what the Omega 3
provides, but no weight gain.

Everyone is different. Omega 3 doesn't help everyone, and may help different
people in different ways. I expect the same is true of sertraline. It's not like
you have to keep taking it forever, go ahead and give it a trial, eh?
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

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I don't know if I've got ADHD. I was pretty sure I did but my GP is convinced that all my symptoms are caused by depression.
I can relate to that.
I can tell you that Zoloft did nothing to help my ADHD symptoms. (On a tangential note, I think Wellbutrin minimally helps my ADD.)

Did it help my depression? Uh, difficult question for me to answer. Arguably no. Hard to say, given all the other stuff that's in my system.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

Zoloft is not an ADHD drug. At least try to get wellbutrin which is an ADHD and antidepressent drug. Your doctor does not think you have ADHD. Don't believe what they say if you think differently. Go to a specialist and find out.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I really hate to say it but I have felt nothing other than horrible and dips in attention from trying the ssri's . I wish it were different but I cannot see feeling that demotivated and that just out of it helping adhd . I guess really the best thing to do is to go with wellbutrin. I mean I have seen several antidepressant posts and not one glorifying any of the ssri's or snris. If you people are out there then by all means please do step forward since wellbutrin is a big help but its not the best for the feelings of being somewhat stuck in negative loops and present anxieties and stress. If an snri doesnt help this then I can only visualize something like tenex or intuniv would be the last option which would add some calming to whats going on.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

Anixiety and depression can be caused by a lack of ADHD meds and could go away once on ADHD meds,
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I'm still finding it strange that I had taken Wellbutrin for so many years but just now (since joining this forum) that it is also for ADHD. I was taking it while I was attempting to study to be come a residential appraiser. I gave up studying to be an appraiser because I could not sit and read the material for longer than 20 minutes at a time. I couldn't finish my lessons.
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I really hate to say it but I have felt nothing other than horrible and dips in attention from trying the ssri's . I wish it were different but I cannot see feeling that demotivated and that just out of it helping adhd . I guess really the best thing to do is to go with wellbutrin. I mean I have seen several antidepressant posts and not one glorifying any of the ssri's or snris. If you people are out there then by all means please do step forward since wellbutrin is a big help but its not the best for the feelings of being somewhat stuck in negative loops and present anxieties and stress. If an snri doesnt help this then I can only visualize something like tenex or intuniv would be the last option which would add some calming to whats going on.
I've posted to several threads saying that SSRI's have been helpful for me in
dealing with my Anxiety and Depression. As my ADHD is already being treated
by Omega 3 fish oil supplements, I haven't had much to say on whether the
SSRI's would help with ADHD symptoms.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

Lunacie,

Dually noted and I appreciate all your words of wisdom. I'm dumbfounded because last week I told myself I would give an snri another shot and see if I can treat this issue of stress and anxiety and never being in the moment. I think i'm socially shy as well which by and large may be something that intuniv or tenex helps control better through the modulation of NE rather than an snri. Basically I'm taking 5mg of cymbalta at night and I'm just wiped out and not doing anything and cannot focus anymore. I was focusing fairly well up until this. I had been on wellbutrin 300xl and thought it affected my overall memory which is true so I went to 150xl. I feel the 150xl helps pretty well without all the memory issues, the problem has been a week of doing absolutely nothing while on a tiny cymbalta dose. I'm at my wits end with this because I want nothing more than to take the pill and have it treat my stress feelings of being trapped and just overall hating what I do daily. It's horrible. Anyways, I am just so tired and out of it on a small cymbalta dose I just wonder if taking an huge dose will be the key to all of this and maybe I'm underdosing this thing-
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I was on Zoloft for a year. I just went off it a few months ago ago as a trial, because my doctor wants to see if my depression was more of a situational side effect of undiagnosed ADHD, rather than its own separate condition. When I first went to her,I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which she has since removed from my record. Managing my ADHD resulted in a complete disappearance of my anxiety, so she regards it as a side effect of not tasting my ADHD. She doesn't want me taking more meds than I have to, and neither do I.

I've been on probably a dozen antidepressants over the course of my life, and while none of them were entirely effective, and I didn't care for being on them, Zoloft was the lesser of the evils. I had a lot of complaints from my friends about my personality on the others, and Wellbutrin turned me into The Hulk - Kaimei SMASH!!!

However, the Zoloft completely undid some of the benefits of Adderall, most noticeably bringing about my insomnia again. It was a different kind of insomnia though, and it's hard to explain. My emotions were a little flattened, but not badly. The major bummer, though, was the, errr....inability to thoroughly enjoy myself with my partner. It didn't kill my libido like some of the others, but it totally destroyed my ability to orgasm. That's about enough to bring on depression all on its own!
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

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I don't know if I've got ADHD. I was pretty sure I did but my GP is convinced that all my symptoms are caused by depression.

I've resisted taking anti depressants for 8 years (for stupid, completely irrational but surprisingly compelling reasons). I'm still not keen but my GP thinks they'll cure the ADHD symptoms, that is problems with restlessness, concentration, focussing, memory, etc. She said, it will also help with the OCD (if I've got that).

I looked up Setraline and apparently it's a sufficiently effective AD and it's got relatively few side effects. and also helps with social phobia (which I don't have), panic disorder (which I also don't have or just very, very mildly), PTSD (which I might have) and PMDD (which I likely have)

One of the side effects is increased restlessness, agitation, and an inability to sit still. But thankfully that's supposed to wear off quite soon.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with Sertraline. Did it help with depression or ADHD symptoms? Did it make the symptoms worse? Apparently, it affects the transmission of dopamine so it might help? How long did it take for you to notice any effects? My GP said about 3 weeks.

(If I don't have ADHD, does that mean I'm not supposed to be on this forum anymore??? )
Sometimes you just have to play along with your doc. GP's see so many people with depression, and get marketed heavily by pharmas selling AD's, that sometimes its all they can see. After a couple of months on zoloft your symptoms of depression might disappear but you might not feel much better overall, and your doc might say "aha", ok, lets try an ADHD drug. Or they might be stubborn and say "well it can take a while to work, lets increase the dose" or something.

If your sure about the ADHD, you might want to see a psychologist/ psychiatrist to avoid wasting your time. But at the same time, trying zoloft might not hurt if you have some symptoms besides those strictly attributable to ADHD.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

Thanks very much for the inputs.

I am depressed and I think, that in my case it's not caused by ADHD (though the ADHD symptoms probably exacerbate my depression). I guess, I need treatment for depression but I'd have rather treated the ADHD symptoms with meds and tried something else for depression, at least initially. It seems to be more common to do it the other way round.

Anyway, I've bought it now and I guess, it's worth giving it a shot.
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

I'm just reading the advice leaflet. It says that alcohol should be avoided while taking sertraline?? Do they mean I shouldn't drink while I'm popping the tablet or I shouldn't drink at all while I'm on sertraline?????

What happens if I do drink??

Did it affect anybody's ability to drive??
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Re: Sertraline (Zoloft) and ADHD

i had some anti-psychotic/schizophrenia med and i had concentration like hell... don't know about motivation or memory...

they can't find that imbalances, and they don't even want... they don't even attempt to...

imo, what helps to find out is to look back through your whole life, as much as you can. make notes. on all things which were really gross deviations from "normal"... as a child and later on... what you could do, not so good, different reactions to events, illnesses... then look at the months... i think you are female, its affecting you much... its the moon... look at the day, thats very important, imo... write down what you eat (keep your diet simple), and how it goes through the day... it gives clues and more on certain imbalances you might have...
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