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Adderall and Zoloft: The Truth (Hurts)
It’s not easy to admit that you have to take a pill or two to semi-function as an adult. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from being put on Zoloft and Adderall is that it’s OKAY to be on them. I’m not less of a person because of these stupid chemicals in my brain.
As of now, I still take my generic brand of Adderall in the morning at 10:00 amMST and my Zoloft around 7:00 pmMST.
I found an article on Pinterest(seriously, when I am NOT on there) and was intrigued by her writing. She had mentioned the consequences of being on medicine for anxiety.
One of the very first ones she had mentioned, stuck out to me. You can read the full article here. It quotes:” At first, the silence in my brain was uncomfortable.
I didn’t realize my brain had once been an echo chamber until there was silence. The new stillness was eery, like walking the streets of an empty city. I remember on the first day actually trying to produce a thought that might start echoing — but it stood, individually, on its own, without multiplying. Without the constant noise rattling around in my head, I wasn’t sure how to think. This left me feeling spacey and uncomfortable. ” Unquote.
Whoa. Just whoa. Finally, someone has put it into words how it felt being on the medication. Again, if you want to read her whole article for 6 Unexpected Consequences for taking Medication For Anxiety, just click the link here. You won’t be disappointed. It was eye-opening for me.
Finally, someone else was going through the same thing I was. I know that we’re never alone and blah blah blah, but it was comforting to read the words that could have come from my own mind.
So many of the reviews I have read, and myself included, listed feeling like a zombie or spaced out when on these medications. She put it into words so wonderfully. Our brains are no longer echo chambers. We’re not telling ourselves negative thoughts over and over. We’re actually EXISTING.
I still don’t like having to take the pills. I’m almost 26 years old and don’t like the stigmas behind it or having to worry about forgetting if I miss a dose. I’m already so dependent on them and I hate that. I still worry about becoming addicted to the Adderall but so far, I’m good.
Zoloft has helped immensely with my sciatica and evens out my mood. When I took it before, I couldn’t cry over ANYTHING, but now I can feel emotions when I actually need too. I’m starting to feel more like myself, just with an added bonus.
Another thing that people have mentioned is weight gain/loss. When I first took Zoloft a year ago, I dropped 20 pounds even though it was supposed to cause weight gain. When I started it again in August, I gained weight, even though I was also eating pretty badly and being generally lazy with my physical health. Now with both Zoloft and Adderall(which Adderall is supposed to make you lose weight), I haven’t seen much of a change.
I am less hungry than I was before. I used to love eating cinnamon rolls for breakfast or a whole bag of chocolate. And that was just BREAKFAST. Now I can eat half of a cinnamon roll and maybe a piece of chocolate but only if I make myself. I haven’t checked my weight since I had gained so much before so I’m going by how I feel. I haven’t tried on my jeans yet, but we’ll see.
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, know that you’re really not alone. You’ve got this cupcake. I’ll update again soon.
As always, keep smiling!