Social Anxiety Background
Both SAD and GAD. I originally started seeing a psychologist in November 2011 because of SAD. SAD became very prevalent in college, and it hasn't gotten any better (in fact worse) in the past 4-5 years since college. I pretty much fit the bill — having a hard time talking with people, lacking confidence when making eye contact, second-guessing what I did/did not say after conversations, dreading upcoming social events, simply not going to social events, negative internal dialogue, etc.
My psychologist also noted that my SAD developed during the time in life that it can develop for people with a genetic component. I do believe that this is the case. My maternal grandmother was a big worrier. While I don't know for sure if she had GAD, I wouldn't be surprised if she did.
Yes, GAD too. I have that.
CBT. Tried a mixture of Vitamin D & B complex. One of each, once a day. My psych suggested this when I originally was gung-ho against real medication. Well, here I am posting about Zoloft — so obviously the D/B vitamin regimen didn't work well for me!
Just started this week. My psychiatrist recommended that I take my 50mg pills and cut them in half for the first week just to start low. So I've only had 25mg doses for the week. Then 50mg/day for the next few weeks after that until I see her again for a follow-up.