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I hope someone (maybe even many someoness) out there can help me. I have been battleing IBS symptoms for a few months now. Depressions and anxiety over it have hit me pretty hard. I started taking Zoloft yesterday.I really wish 2-3 weeks would fly by so the positive effects could be felt. But here I am depressed and severly anxious. Here is my loop...I don't feel well... What if it is bad??... Now I'm anxious... What if it gets worse...After a few weeks of that I have become depressed.Here are my questions:How do you cope minute to minute and day to day with the cycle?How do you break it?Are any of you on Zoloft?? (I remember something on the BB but honestly I am too nervous to look thoroughly).When will it get better? (Boy if I knew the answer to this one, I wouldn't care about the answers to the others!!!)Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.Thanks
 
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I'm currently taking Buspar, and it really does take a little time to help. Why not take a nice bath? Read a book? Or go for a nice walk in your neighboorhood? I know it is difficult dealing with IBS/Anxiety/Depression. I've found the above helps, not to mention a good cup of a strong Green Tea brew helps with my depression (though this is not a recommendation, just my own).Does this help? I'm currently thinking of trying to get Remeron in the near future to help out and may go off Buspar. But just do whatever you enjoy doing to take your mind off things and help the mind "relax". Some people help their minds "relax" by using this BB as well :).
 
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I too wish someone would tell me how long this round is going to last, I could then at least know there's a bright side to this eventually. I have not reached depression yet, I have two 8 yr olds and so far they keep me busy enough that I don't worry about the IBS constantly. During the day when I'm alone is worse but when everyone is home, I can forget for a little while. I also love relaxing bubble baths and reading a romance novel.Keep your chin up.
 
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Southernbunnyi can only repeat the advice of the others (its good advice) - I can completly understand where you are coming from, I have been there and let it get me depressed - and boy its tough to be strong and find a way outI have speant the last 2 years fighting against the IBS diagnosis - Have had all the tests done, most twice now and seen my dr (and lots of others) too many times to mention !! Before I started with IBS I saw my dr around once every couple of years.I could not accept that this pain and uncertain BM could be IBS - it had to be something serious - much more serious.I would get the pains - start worring "what if's" - the pain would get worse - more worry - more pain and so on.When in this circle I would assume the worst - which for me was cancer - and I would push until they tested me clear if cancer - and I would be happy until the next time and on it goes....The fustration of the attacks coming back - the tests being clear - the fear of cancer - not knowing where to turn for help next and feeling low because I have IBS - it was all dragging me down.I became very depressed and would not accept any help - just more tests which in itself can become a health risk My Gi doc struck a deal with me - he would run the tests again if I would think about anti Dep and Cognotive therapyI agreed - the tests were clear and I am going through with the therapy and in the 3rd week of anti Dep.The therapy has helped me challenge the way I think and the what 'If's' - and to accept that I have IBS (this board has helped so much with that too) Because I let it get too far this is sooo tough for me to do - but it does work for me - I still have the IBS attacks and the worry still comes - it always will but now I have a way of fighting it (I won't always win) I to get worse when I am not busy !!I am learning alot about the way I see things and hopefully if I can lessen the worry about the attacks the attacks will lessen !!!!makes sense ?Sorry to go on - I normally only answer with 1 or 2 lines but having been through this and still going through it - if I had seen a post realting to how I fealt, I might have done something sooner and spared alot of heartache for me and my family.Thank you all for giving me the chance to offload - sorry if I bored you but I think it has helped me a bit.Southernbunny I hope you find your way - please don't take the road I did !_____________________Worry never robs tomorrow of it's sorrow; it only saps today of it's strength"
 

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SouthernBunny,I have taken Zoloft for around a year now. I was actually given it for fibromyalgia, but it is sometimes tried for IBS, and is of course for depression. Since I also have panic/anxiety order, my doctor put me on Xanax as well. For those who have panic/anxiety, Zoloft can increase and cause more severe panic for the first week. I had a horrible first week, but I got through it with the Xanax, and knowing to expect it, so not to fear it. If you are panicky, please call your Dr. for Xanax, or at least have a talk with him. After a week, there was more no panic, and I've been fine on it since. It didn't seem to help my IBS, but does help the fibro.I dealt with my panic with hypnotherapy, and a course through the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. They teach you to stop the negative thinking. The most important thing to know is the anxiety cannot hurt you. You need to lessen its importance in your mind, "It's no big deal. I know it's just panic, and it will pass." I recommend you look into Mike's tapes. They will help with IBS, and as an added benefit, it helps with relaxation. I think Mike is coming out with anxiety tapes as well. Join us in chat on hypnotherapy at 7:30 this evening.Take care,AZ
 
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I have been on zoloft for quite some time and I think it has helped with my depression greatly!! I noticed some improvement in my moods after about a week. I am taking 150mg every morning and it has really helped, I also have some Lorazapam when I have severe anxiety, which now isn't too often. Good Luck! And stay positive!! Your are not alone!------------------Jodi (IBS-D)Confucious say "Man who stands on toilet high on pot"
 

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Yo may want to ask your doctor for anti anxiety meds till Zoloft kicks in, like Xanax. There are many kinds of antidepressants. Since everyone is different they work differently on different people. After Zoloft begins to work you may decide it is for you. If not feel free to ask for other antidepressants. Tricyclic antidepressants unlike SSRI's, which Zoloft is, control D for some, as a side effect. Hang in there!
 
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Thank you all so much for your advice. I had an intense episode last night and my anxiety has taken over.I called my doctor and they are going to decrease the Zoloft from 25 mg to 12.5 mg. I am so scared!I am taking Ativan for the anxiety but sometimes it doesn't seem to cut through all of the fear.What should I do?
 

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I totally understand where you are coming from. For about 4 years I was experiencing just what you were. i tried every medicine and nothing worked.it took me four years to get a grip...and maybe i could share some of them with you to help. i had panic and anxiety attacks, which brought on my IBS, which caused me more anxiety which had me in fear. it was exhausting. i would eat just to maybe think my ibs would go away or try to soothe myself somehow. all i thought about day in and day out was my ibs. am i going to make a **** today? is my stomach bloated? all i thought about was my stomach. well, the best advice i could give you is to find a place where you could do some yoga. that will quiet your body and mind. treat yourself to a massage which for me, began my week on a good note. i would WATCH what i ate. and sometimes if it really acted up, instead of eating i would not eat and i felt better. exercise does wonders for your mind and body. push yourself even though you don't want to. take a walk if you don't want to do anything vigorous. talk to friends, talk to us...but do not feel you are alone. we all have felt this and still feeling it. i think you should also be put on the right medicine for you. it may take awhile, but don't get frustrated...one day you will notice a difference.good luck to you!
 
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Hi Bunny-Hang in there- time will go by quickly. I take Zoloft for chronic female pain. I have been on it for a few years. It took about three weeks for me to really notice a change. I also had some side effects from it- by they were mild and went away within about a week of staying on it dilligently. As far as how you handle it... it need to be one minute at a time. Just know that when you anxiety hits, it will pass. Perhaps try excerising when you feel extremely anxious. Gives your body something else to focus on. Know that you are trying to get control of your life and it will take a little while to heal yourself. You are making the steps and you will have results. Keep posting- as often as you need too- we are all here for you! ------------------Here's to pain free days!SandiIBS/D For 20+ years
 

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Hi SouthernBunnyI know you may not want to hear this, but I have fought anxiety and depression for years without meds. I think I'm over the worst...I still get anxious and I'm really not a fan of taking any meds. I needed a lifestyle change. I've taken a lot of sick leave with IBS and the associated anxiety. I found a counsellor who is also a hypnotherapist who helped me see that the I could change the way I was thinking. I'm also finding relief from the anxiety cycle by using Mike's tapes. The worst think about the tapes is that it makes you anxious waiting a month to receive them...but when I did get them they made a world of difference.I also took up some new hobbies..kick boxing, yoga and tennis. Yoga and meditation have really helped me.I'm improving slowly..I feel the best I've felt for 12 years (with the exception of the flu last week). Stay positive.I know its possible for all of us.
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Thanks to everyone for their responses. My too upset body could not handle the Zoloft so they changed me to Serzone. I had my first dose of it last night. They also upped my Ativan because the bits and peices of pills I was taking was not adequate.I am working out of my anxiety very slowly. I walk (or perhaps pace is a better term) and listen or watch anything uplifting from spiritual messages to comedy relief.Please keep a look out for me on the BB, I appreciate your support.SouthernBunny
 
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Erkling2 Hey, what is Buspar? I feel so terrable, I am willing to try something that takes the pain away. As far as a mind set, I keep saying to myself, I will not let this keep me down. I will beat this! IBS will not rule my life. Erkling, whenever you get the chance, please inform me on Buspar and any other meds you may have tried. BB
 
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I spoke to the Dr. about Buspar. I was told that while it helps anxiety it does not help panic attacks. Probably the severity of the anxiety would play a role in whether it would be right for you. My anxiety has been so high he did not think Buspar would be effective even though I have not had many panic attacks lately.Positives: Very few side effects!!!
 

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It was interesting reading all of these responses. I am also in a place where my depression from the IBS has really taken over. I saw a doc today who recommended Celexa. Has anyone heard of this? She also told me that Zoloft can cause diarrhea so good choice if you are IBS-C and bad if you are IBS-D.
 

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Ditto everyone else's good advice. I've had depression a couple of times with and without the IBS. All I can say is that the depression does get better, it really does. It may take a few weeks, but it's great when the cloud lifts from your mind. I know the IBS is probably causing the anxiety and depression, and so you may feel that if only the IBS will go, you're depression/anxiety will be better. Sure it would, but believe me, when the depression & anxiety go, it's so much easier to deal with the everyday stress of IBS. I was taking Prozac in the autumn, and not only did it not work for me, it gave me awful D on top of the usual D. So, if you do get more symptoms with your medication, chat to your doctor (I'm not saying you will!). Now I'm on mirtazipine (remeron/zispin) and much better.You will feel better, as others have. I Promise!take care,wanderingstar
 
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