11 weeks on citalopram, advice?

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this is my 11th week on citalopram in 20mg, second time. It was a long journey this time round and much harder with all the side effects and horrible anxiety. in the past few weeks however I was feeling much better managed to go through all the Christmas family visits and was going out, anxiety was still there but did not prevent me from doing stuff.

the issue now is that about 2 days ago I started feeling like I am dipping again anxiety coming back. it happened after a two night shifts that I had at work maybe it affected me idk. the anxiety is very strong, lack of motivation, feeling sick, fearful and I have to go work tommorow. all the symptoms are back. can this be a blip? can blips be soo strong and so far along? I really thought this was over and I was getting better but I feel like I am back to square one..

anyone could share some encouraging words, anyone was or is in similar situation? shall I go up to 30mg?

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    i still have blips and im on my third year of recovery.blips are normal.the celexa does not cure life events .it just helps you cope.best regards

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    i'm at 24 weeks and have just gone through exactly the same as you. i was already on cit for years but only increased by 5mg and got all the side effects. spent the last 3 days feeling like i was back at square 1 but starting to ease again now....it's that horrendous feeling that this is never ending isn't it. i wouldn't go up to 30mg if i was you, try and ride it out. as katecogs says, you have to measure this in months and not weeks - as hard and frustrating as it is.

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    i had a lot of stress going on in my life for 2 years and it suddenly got on top of me, so i chose to increase as i was also on a very low dose. i would say i was at least 12 weeks before side effects eased and it's been up & down but i was doing lots more like going back in shops etc at 15 weeks.

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    Hi Lala, I had a great week and then felt off yesterday and today. Im going to be 10 weeks on 20mg on Saturday and am definitely making progress. See the blips as your opportunity to be stronger. You have had big success on your dose, getting back to work, socialising and night shift! If you up dose it will mean another period of time to stabilise. I know some people need the 30 or 40mg, but you have had real periods of normality. Just continue with your day, use your benzo to take the edge off if its really bad and it will pass. Heres hoping its a short one x

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    hi again as you know im working up to 30 - been on 25 for a couple of weeks. my psych was really keen on me increasing to 30 because of the blips even though i have been working socialising etc. the side effects werent too bad. will probably go from 25 to 30 in another couple of weeks then stay there and hope that everything stabilises.

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