By Anke Zimmermann, BS, FCAH
Side Effects of Zoloft
In August of 2021 a 13-year-old girl whom I will name Divya was brought to my practice in regards to severe intrusive thoughts which started in March of the same year after she was prescribed Zoloft for depression. The intrusive thoughts were a clear side effect of Zoloft for her and are recognized as a potential adverse effect in the product literature.
She had been on Prozac previously for anxiety and her doctor switched her back to Prozac, however, the intrusive thoughts remained.
The thoughts were persistent and involved her thinking that she would do bad things in the future, to grow up to become someone who would do bad things.
Her doctor then diagnosed her with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Social Anxiety, Negativity and Meltdowns
"In addition Divya is affected by social anxiety, her mother shared.
"She has trouble forming close connections and feels uncomfortable around people.
As a baby she cried all the time and would not separate from me to go to anyone else. She had to sleep on top of me. She didn't like people looking at her. Even though she saw her grandparents every day she would refuse to be left alone with them.
"She can have severe meltdown is a request is made of her, such as doing her homework. Divya also suffers from general negativity and will take everything as an insult. She easily feels judged and criticized, is often in a negative mood and gets angry or sad easily.
Divya's mother and maternal grandfather are and were also affected by social anxiety.
Divya also had severe nightmares and an intense fear of dogs when when she was little.
As the intrusive thoughts were the most recent concern and were clearly linked to the use of Zoloft it was agreed to start care with a homeopathic preparation of Zoloft. Divya took Zoloft 30C twice a week.
According to her mother, the one-and-a-half days after her first dose of Zoloft 30C Divya had no intrusive thoughts at all! The thoughts greatly diminished on 30C over the next three weeks but were still somewhat present.
The following month she got Zoloft 200C one dose and to repeat as needed. The remedy completely stopped the intrusive thoughts and they never returned. We are still working on the other concerns, but this was a huge improvement and relief for her already.
Tautopathy is a sub-branch of isopathy (‘same disease’) and both are sub-branches of homeopathy (similar disease). Tautopathy uses potentised remedies prepared from conventional medicines, vaccines, or poisons in an attempt to prevent or relieve negative reactions caused by those same substances.
Tautopathic examples include:
- Potentised medications for any ill-effects from them. These can include potentized antibiotics, pain medications, anaesthetics, antidepressants, steroid medications etc.
- Potentised vaccines for the ill-effects of vaccines
- Potentised toxins, such as pesticides, chlorine, volatile organic compounds, toxins such as arsenic, lead etc
Tautopathy can be a quick and simple approach to help reduce the adverse effects of various toxins. Classical homeopathy can be used to address underlying susceptibilies and other factors at the same or at other times.
Both approaches can play a helpful role in the management and potentially prevention of problems arising from drugs, vaccines, and various toxins.
Medication Side Effects
Medications can be useful but can also have undesirable side effects. This young girl developed severe, intrusive thoughts and was diagnosed with OCD after being prescribed Zoloft. The thoughts remained even after the medication was discontinued, which was very concerning as it had been several months!
A few doses of a homeopathic remedy made from Zoloft completely relieved this young girl. Homeopathic remedies made from medications may provide great relief and hope for those affected by medication side effects. Hopefully this knowledge will find its way into the mainstream one day so more human suffering is alleviated.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH offers distance consultations internationally, including for the USA, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, Pakistan and other countries.
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a professional homeopath with a special interest in children with developmental and behavioural concerns. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed to protect privacy. The cases were published with permission and are intended for education only. They are not intended as medical advise or solicitation. Homeopathy treats the person, not the condition.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Classical and Modern Homeopathy
Sooke, BC, Canada
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