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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,146 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Hello ive recently increased my zoloft (sertraline) and experieincing worse anxiety since increasing.. is this normal?

Hello ive recently increased my zoloft (sertraline) and experieincing worse anxiety since increasing.. is this normal?

Not usually : Without knowing dose or condition being treated it is impossible to be more specific. Please discuss with your prescribing doctor or initiate a consult if you wish to have a second opinion. Thanks for using healthtap. Best wishes ...Read more

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Just started Zoloft (sertraline) - anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial side effects?

Just started Zoloft (sertraline) - anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial side effects?

Watch carefully!: While it is possible that those side effects may disappear, it's usually a reason to make a turn-about and find other approaches to your depressive symptoms - including psychotherapy. These are not uncommon and in young men, they may be especially worrying. Definitely tell your provider and ask for alternatives to consider - especially if it doesn't change very, very soon. ...Read more

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Just starting Zoloft (sertraline) - anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial Side effects?

Just starting Zoloft (sertraline) - anger for no reason and increased anxiety? Initial Side effects?

No: Zoloft (sertraline) or Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake indicated for anxiety and depression. However, different people respond to SSRI differently. Sertraline may not be the right medication for you. You may want to consult your doctor to try a different antidepressant if your symptoms do not improve or worsen. ...Read more

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Just started Zoloft (sertraline) 3 days ago and have increased anxiety and feeling antisocial - initial side effects?

Just started Zoloft (sertraline) 3 days ago and have increased anxiety and feeling antisocial - initial side effects?

Not uncommon: to feel more jittery after first starting Zoloft (sertraline). Suspect that what you mean by 'antisocial' is that you don't feel like being around others. Usually this will pass. Keep your psychiatrist informed of medication side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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On day 5 of getting back on Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg. I have had increased anxiety and dizziness. Will the effects decrease everyday?

On day 5 of getting back on Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg. I have had increased anxiety and dizziness. Will the effects decrease everyday?

YES WILL GO AWAY: It should it might be helpful to add faster acting anti anxiety to help while zoloft (sertraline) trying to be effective it take up to two weeks gor the zoloft (sertraline) to be effective. ...Read more

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I started 50 mg Zoloft (sertraline) five days ago i have headaches and decreased in appetite increased in anxiety should i stop Zoloft (sertraline) ?

Talk to your dr.: Don't do anything without talking to your dr. It can be hard starting a new medication but you need to be able to understand the side effects and the goal of the treatment. It sounds like you need help with this transition. Are you in therapy? Therapy can be very helpful with the problems that you describe. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Having increased anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes. I increased Zoloft (sertraline) 50 to 100 two weeks ago. Can these be delayed side effects or just my anxiety?

Having increased anxiety, insomnia, and hot flashes.  I increased Zoloft (sertraline) 50 to 100 two weeks ago.  Can these be delayed side effects or just my anxiety?

Zoloft (sertraline) : Zoloft (sertraline) can be used to help all those symptoms, but in some people causes sweating, jitteriness, and insomnia as side effects. Please contact your doctor and let him/her know what's happening. You might need a different medicine or a slower titration upwards -- your doctor will want to help you get the best results. Good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more