Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Treating Social Anxiety with Zoloft: How Good is It?


Doctors sometimes offer a drug called Zoloft for social anxiety disorder. This page is a guide to Zoloft’s performance, it’s side-effects and how big a typical dosage might be.

Also known by it’s proper name Sertraline, this drug is a member of the SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) group of medications.

Zoloft is one of the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants, although many of those prescriptions are for depression-related conditions, rather than anxiety.

How good is Zoloft
for social phobia?

Some people report that zoloft “reduces the volume” of their anxiety, in the same way that you’d turn down the radio. I’ve also seen it referred to as “a zombie-like effect”, which if I’m honest, doesn’t sound too good!

SSRI medications are supposed to regulate the levels of serotonin in your brain. This, in theory then provides the person with a feeling of positive wellbeing. To me, that sounds like a recipe for helping depression, not anxiety.

Zoloft’s effect is limited because the solution to social anxiety is a change in behaviour. Why? Because behaviour caused it. 

Essentially, medication for social anxiety cannot help you in the long term.

What are the side-effects of taking
Zoloft social anxiety medicine?

These side-effects are possible. By no means are they sure to happen:

Insomnia Decreased Appetite
Restlessness Involuntary Movements
Dizziness Headaches
Nausea Diarrhoea
Weight Gain Dry Mouth
Lower Libido

The side-effects of Zoloft are predominately physical – it has a relatively small effect on the brain in comparison to other meds. This is seen as an advantage by some doctors.

Are you already taking Zoloft?
Don’t worry – it won’t hurt you.

Agreed, the withdrawal symptoms and side-effects FEEL so bad, but they aren’t as harmful as they seem. Such drugs will NOT kill you, nor will they impact your long-term health.

What’s a typical dosage of
Zoloft for social anxiety disorder?

25mg is a standard dose to begin with. The doctor then increases the dosage over several weeks until you start to feel the effect you want. For many people, this is around the 100mg mark. 200mg is the maximum recommended dosage.

You’ll probably pay 1.20 – 1.80 US dollars per pill for Zoloft

Do You Want To Beat Social Anxiety, Rather
Than Simply Hide the Symptoms?

Medications like Zoloft might (only might) offer temporary relief, but if we’re honest, you want to be rid of social anxiety disorder altogether, right? Follow a plan for removing social anxieties from your life.

Emily Murdoch
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