This will be long, I apologize. My name is Candace, I'm 22(turning 23 Friday!)
It's been awhile since I posted because I have been doing well. I do have a couple concerns though and can use some advice. I have emetophobia(fear of vomiting) and a couple of my coworkers came down with a bug. Well this past Friday night, I had severe anxiety because I started to have diarrhea and I actually vomitted for the first time in 4 years. It was only once and now I'm ok. However, since then, I have been on edge and have had constant anxiety and almost feel like I'm "relapsing". I think it is mostly because I thought I was "safe" because it is May and every bug I ever had was in the winter(please spare me the stories of getting bugs in the spring and summer lol)
Anyway, I have been taking sertraline 25mg since March of 2013 and it changed my life for the good because I had HORRIBLE panic attacks and hypochondria in the winter of 2012-early 2013. I thought I had every form of cancer and any disease, even going as far as seeing a breast specialist because I was convinced I had breast cancer. I started at 50mg and it made me feel like a zombie and as soon as I dropped down to 25mg, I started feeling better. My main question is: how do I know if I have to move up my dosage? I really don't want to. I want to stay at a low dose, but can people still have lower times in their lives no matter what dosage of an antidepressant they're on? Will this pass? Was it most likely due to me getting a bug which is one of my biggest fears? I just want some guidance because I want to prevent increasing my dosage. I almost feel like I am having "PTSD" about the awful anxiety and hopelessness I felt before starting sertraline and I'm afraid it will come back full force.
Again, I'm sorry that this is long and I feel like I'm rambling, but I needed to vent and this site has been so helpful.