Our expert says:
We all react to stressful situations differently ; some react as you did, and get, as it were, caried away on the tide of their own emotional storm. And some of us, when at a peak of anxiety, tend to switch off and dissociate, not registering part of whatever is going on.
But frankly, I don't understand the sense of giving anyone a "low dose" of Zoloft or any other antidepressant. For any such drug to be useful, it has to be helped to reach a certain minimum blood level and have time ( usually 2 weeks of so ) to reach its full potential. Too small a dose may still produce side-effects, but no benefits at all. Yes, especially if one is prone to side-effects, one might start at a lower dose for a week or so before increasing it to a more usual dose. But to aim at and stay at a lower than usual dose, makes no point at all, to me.
SOme people do complain of the sensation of a degree of emotional blunting when on this family of ADs ( though if it helps them avoid the sort of emotional crisis you went through, that's not necessarily a bad thing !)
It sounds as though the doc seeing your child helped out as a kindness, but if you are experiencing any continuing problems, then it'd be wise to see a shrink in your own right, for a full assessment and a discussion of treatment options. Maybe a really good psychologist offering CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which is effective in depression, anxiety and other situations, could help you regain self-control and handle stresses and crises better, than meds.
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