Would anyone be able to tell me about their experience coming off Zoloft? I am supposed to start weaning off of it but I'm a little scared because of all the horror stories I've heard about withdrawals and whatnot -bwt
Hey there, love.
I sure can!
I’m hoping that if you’re coming off it that you’re feeling better, and if so that is great news, and I am so happy for you! If not, don’t worry too much about it, there are hundreds of different treatment methods available and I am sure you can find the right one for you.
Now, I feel like I should start with saying that Zoloft wasn’t the one for me. It helped in the sense that once my dosage was made higher, my depression wasn’t there anymore. However, there was no feelings there at all anymore, if that makes sense. Zoloft made me completely numb to any strong emotion, which was so strange for me, as someone who feels deeply normally. It also made me super tired all the time.
Coming off I halved my dose for two weeks, I felt a little light headed physically and mentally it was weird for me, because I wasn’t used to feeling things. The next week I halved it again, and things were the same, aside from I felt rather sick for most of the week. These symptoms persisted for another couple of weeks from when I finished. The physical symptoms weren’t too bad for me, because I was used to the side effects of taking the drug. The mental side effects were very strange, I found it hard to deal with my feelings coming back to be honest with you. Especially because I wasn’t better at the time.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience is different however, so yours may not be the same as mine. I wish you all the best!
Lately I have received quite a few e-mails and messages asking for a generic workout routine to focus on strength training. What I’ve done is thrown together a basic template for a strength training program that is focused on your three major lifts being the deadlift, bench press and squat. On each of these days I have included the primary accessory exercises that accompany the major compound lift for each day.
The first exercise in your workout should be your primary, compound lift. This should be performed after warming up adequately without causing any fatigue prior to your first working set. Generally speaking, this is up to 70% of the weight you would use for your initial first set.
The set and rep ranges are specific to each exercise. Personally, I have seen better gains in strength and size when deadlifting higher sets for lower reps. A standard set/rep range would be 3x6-8, which means 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps.
Rest for an appropriate amount of time (3-5 minutes) between each set. This will allow you to move a maximum amount of weight each set for best possible gains in strength.
Always use a weight for your working sets that is heavy enough to the point where you cannot do more than 1-2 more reps outside of the rep range without using a spotter.
Every set should be lifted with max amount of intensity and focus. Note I did not say speed, but intensity.