First week of Sertraline

I’ve been on 25mg daily for the last week to ease into it. Today my dosage increases to 50mg. Ive been on this medication before but it’s been about 15 years. I remember little about the side effects I dealt with then. I do remember it helping me with my mental well being. My side effects so far are irritating but manageable. I have been experiencing insomnia, diarrhea, headaches, and brain fog. We’ll see if these become more bothersome with the new dosing.

Today also marks day 10 of no alcohol. I feel less bloated, I’ve lost a couple pounds (could be the diarrhea) and my skin is looking pretty nice. That’s a nice little bonus. Unfortunately I’m not thinking more clearly because of the brain fog. The best news is, I haven’t had any desire to drink. Even last night as I was cooking. I was making a super delicious venison bolognese and opened a bottle of red wine to deglaze the pan. Usually I would’ve poured myself a glass then poured some in the pan. Not last night. I had no desire to do so. I know it always wont be this easy to say no. Particularly in social situations. I’ve always been anxious and nervous at parties and gatherings and have always felt like drinking made me more normal. Perhaps my social anxiety will be lessened with the Sertraline. I’ve always blamed it on being an introvert. There may be more to it than that.

I feel numb but optimistic and I’m looking forward to a positive path.

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