Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Daniel in LA. Can Zoloft cause me to experience strange and unusual dreams?
Yes. Zoloft can cause a side effect of the user experiencing strange, very vivid, and sometimes-frightening dreams. These strange dreams are due to the association that depression and rapid eye movement or REM sleep share.
When a person is in a deep state of sleep and is dreaming the most frequently, they’re in what is called REM sleep. Due to the nature of the subconscious, many people who are depressed tend to report having more dramatic, extreme and overall stressful dreams. However, it’s important to try to understand where the culprit of these unusual dreams is truly coming from.
Did you have these dreams before Zoloft? Have your dreams always been vivid and intense? If you can, you may find it helpful to keep a journal of these dreams and tell them to your doctor so that you can figure out what is truly bothering you and if you can work through it without taking yourself off of the medication.