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Can missing your sertraline for 3 days cause a delayed withdrawal effect a couple of weeks later? Has anyone else experienced hypnogogic jerks combined with gibberish-like exclamations that sound like words but are just wordlike noises? And not just a short yell, like a sentence of gibberish that seems like it's an attempt to communicate something but the words don't form. I can't tell if these reactions are to do with messing up my pill intake, or if they're a symptom of repressed anger bubbling up when I start to lose concsiousness.

During the day, i've been trying to be mindful of my anger and not repress it or distract myself, and it's meant that i spend most of the day feeling angry. Occasionally if something particularly frustrating happens, I find myself involuntarily twitching and having to stop myself from shouting/swearing, It feels very similar to the thing happening at night, just I have more conscious control over myself when I'm wide awake.

So what I'm trying to figure out is, is this a symptom of missing my pills for a few days semi-recently, or is it a consequence of unrepressing feelings?

Sertraline 50mg since January 2017. No issues until two weeks ago, when I went away for what I thought was a day trip, but ended up being 3 days - unfortunately I had no sertraline with me. No withdrawal symptoms during the 3 days, or after I got back and started taking the pills again. A week later I forgot to take a pill for one day. Woke up the next day with slight buzzing all over like withdrawal. Took a pill. Since then I have taken my pill every night just before sleep, and I have having hynogogic jerks combined with talking gibberish (which i feel conscious during but unable to control - almost like a surprised exclamation, but long enough to be a sentence and just wordlike noises)).

This goes on till 3am preventing me from sleeping. I've had anxiety / repressed anger since childhood. In the daytime I feel like my repressed anger is bubbling very close to the surface and I find myself having sudden rushes of anger punctuated by twitching and the urge to shout, which seems similar to the jerking experienced at night

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jamespi -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


A much delayed reply to you: Missing 3 consecutive doses of sertraline could result in symptoms: cognitive, neurological, physical, emotional/mood.


How are you doing now, 10+ days later?

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