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I have never ever heard of PTSD being caused by a boyfriend cheating --- it generally requires exposure to something more on the scale of real risk of death, torture, earthquake and major war, so I really wonder about the diagnosis. Losing a bf through cheating is very unpleasant and upsetting, but generally responds to basic counselling, especially of the CBT form ( the only form with good vidence of its effectiveness ). Panic attacks arealso highly unpleasant. Again, CBT counselling can help, and also medication like Zoloft or other members of that family ( there's nothing specially unique about Zoloft in this use ). Sounds like you were seeing a psychologist, as a psychiatrist could have written the prescription for you, herself.
But if one is taking any drug like Zoloft, one should take it for long enough, a matter usually of 6 months or so ( you don't say for how long you were taking it ) --- it is not like an aspirin that you take, feel better after half an hour, and stop taking. And you should NOT stop taking such a drug until your doctor or psychiatrist specifically advises you to do so, and then stop it gradually as they are likely to advise you to do. Symptoms such as you describe are not uncommon among people who stop this sort of drug abruptly. Start taking it again in the dose you were taking before, and then see the GP for re-assessment and discussion abou when and if to stop it.
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