As you can see from my last post, I had a bit of a stressful weekend. It was totally worth it, but now I have to deal with the fall out. The physical and emotional symptoms will continue for a few days yet, and having to deal with them is a challenge.
Let’s start with the physical symptoms. I’ve been chewing my tongue in my sleep. The sides of my tongue look a bit like raw hamburger, and I can’t stop myself from doing it. I have been grinding my teeth in my sleep as well. This leaves my entire jaw swollen and my whole face hurts. Between these two things, I keep slipping into a speaking pattern that makes me sound like I have a lisp. It’s annoying and embarrassing.
My emotional symptoms begin with dreams/nightmares. I dream very realistic things. You know, things that could totally be plausible. For example, I dreamed that I cleaned the litter box. I also dreamed that several of my friends decided that my emotional needs were just too much, and that they needed a break from me for a little while. It’s like being broken up with, but by a bunch of people you thought would be there forever. Thankfully, the nightmare ended. Sadly, I had to wake up and clean the litter box.
I spent most of the day yesterday chewing gum, so that I wouldn’t bite my tongue during the day. I have also been drinking hot tea, and eating as many fruits and veggies as I can cram down my throat. Hopefully, I will lower my stress, and raise my energy in a positive way.
Also, I started a new medication, Zoloft. We will see if it helps, but it is supposed to take a few weeks to really kick in, so I haven’t noticed any changes yet. Hopefully, the Zoloft, as an anti-depressant, will help my depression, my OCD, and my anxiety. These are all things that are sometimes treatable with an anti-depressant. It may take care of a lot of these things, and it might not. I tried Zoloft last year, with some other medications, and the combination made me sleep all day, and have tremors. So far, I haven’t experienced either of these things so far, but it’s only been a week.
Have any of you taken an anti-depressant before? Please feel free to comment, telling me whether or not it worked for you, and what you took. I would love to learn how they affect other people. Carry on.