Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.
What have you tried besides Zoloft?
It's normal to feel the way you do when you have anxiety. Anxiety can make you feel depressed because it is such a vicious cycle. There seems to be no way to break it and feel normal. But there is. Anxiety and the related depression are one of the easier disorders to treat.
When you are anxious, your thoughts are causing your mind to think your in danger. Your body reacts by releasing adrenaline into your system. Adrenaline causes the symptoms you feel. It is much like after you have had a bad scare like a car accident. Your body releases the adrenaline and you feel unreal, your legs turn to jelly, you have trouble thinking and your body may feel it's tingling. You just don't notice it as much because your focus is on what is going on around you. Except with anxiety, there is no focus. The only thing you have to focus on is how you feel.
The depression related to the anxiety is there as a result of the loop you are caught in. It can also be caused by other circumstances in your life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating anxiety because anxiety is based on thought patterns. CBT helps you break those thought patterns so you can free yourself from the anxiety. In therapy, you learn to pay attention to what you are thinking to make yourself anxious. The therapist then can help you change your thoughts and therefore how your body reacts to your thoughts. You also can learn about how to let yourself float through your anxiety thereby gaining more control over how you feel. To find a therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.
You can also help yourself at home. There are numerous resources to help you learn more about anxiety. The more you know, the better you are able to help yourself. Here are some to get you started:
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne is excellent for any fears. It is self help and contains everything from supplements to relaxation techniques.
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by Bill Knaus Ed.D. and Jon Carlson Psy.D. Ed.D.
From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett http://helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm
You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.
You may also want to consider self help groups. Finding support through others who understand how you feel can alleviate your symptoms. Here are some links to help:
I hope this has helped you,Kate