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Hi there,the dose of Zoloft you are on is at the low range for treating depression and is at the very low range for treating anxiety. If the anxiety -provoking issues are going to be continuing into the indefinite future, you may want to talk with your doctor about raising the dose of Zoloft; most people need 150 mg to 200 mg to control anxiety symptoms.
The cutting and overboard anxiety symptoms also suggest that therapy could be a great option for you as well. Therapy, especially cognitive/behavioral, can help you figure out what the thoughts are that are triggering your anxiety reaction and cutting behavior. It sounds like you might have some deep seated abandonment issues that are bubbling up from the past. It is important that you recognize the problem here as yours, and not your husband's, and that the power to get better belongs to you. It is important that you work on changing your reaction to his traveling, rather than demand or expect that he stop traveling. It is not the traveling that is the issue; it is your reaction to it; the reaction is probably coming from somewhere else that may well have nothing to do with your husband...
There is a lot you can do to get better. Anxiety is actually a very manageable problem as long as you don't take a passive stance toward it. You need to get mad at the anxiety and work hard with a therapist to figure out how to overcome it. The more you feel like a victim, though, the worse the anxiety will be, and the harder it will be to control. Anxiety provoking situations are going to keep popping up in your life, so tackling the issue now will give you benefit far into the future.