I was very optimistic about feeling better but after about 2.5 weeks I hadn't noticed much of a difference. She said this was normal and sometimes it takes a while to start fully working.
Welcome to AnxietyZone, Ryan.
It typically takes 3-12 weeks for antidepressants to kick-in. They work by encouraging the growth of new brain cells to replace those killed or prevented from growing
by chronically high stress hormone levels in the brain. This takes a while. Also 50mg is usually the minimum effective dose. Most need to take 100-150mg for good results.
I've been noticing more than before that I feel super jittery when I first wake up. It is very uncomfortable and not ideal. It goes away in about an hour but I was just generally wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this while on zoloft?
Antidepressants can make anxiety worse in the first few weeks. It is caused by the increased serotonin activity. Despite the common mythology, serotonin is not a 'feel good' neurotransmitter. Fortunately after a while the brain (and body where serotonin also plays a role) respond to the increased serotonin activity by reducing its synthesis and expression
and brain levels drop back to baseline and in some areas linked to anxiety levels drop substantially below baseline.