12 Week in on Citalopram

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Today marks the 12 week on Citalopram. I thought I would be better but just not feeling the best still. Should I go back to my doctor and see if there is something else that can be done? They have helped as my anxiety is a little more controlled but still have the feeling of being lost. Life just seems very weird to me and the purpose of life makes no sense. Time seems to just move on and peoples lives move around me but I am in a stand still. I dont feel any emotion for anything or anyone.Couldnt even cry if I wanted to. Does this all seem like the depression/anxiety or is it something else I should be worried about? I drank for the first time in 3 months this weekend. Could that be adding on to my anxiety? I slept like crap last night and only got 2-3hrs of sleep. 

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    Most certainly. Drinking and lack of sleep are major anxiety triggers.
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      Thanks Nicki. I just dont feel myself and havent for a long time. When I had a few drinks it seems I forget about my anxiety which is always nice. I just want to be my old self that would go out and want to do things. Now I just seem like I am in a bubble and not knowing what is going on ever.
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    Hi. I'm on week 13 and last week it was like my anxiety came back like before I went to docs and they have put me on 10mg of amitriptyline to take at night. I've slept better but feels like I'm having a few side effects again I don't know if that's normal or if I need to change meds I'm also on citalopram 20mg thought it was working until last week sad xx
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    You should consider trying different medications until you find the right one for you. I probably tried five different types over a five year period until I found I was most suited to citolopram
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      I was on Citalopram for 7 years prior to coming off it cold turkey. It worked perfect for me the first go around so thinking it might just need a little more time to get back in my system. 
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      Yeah, doctors always say about three weeks to get them into your system. 
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    Oh and citolopram can make me feel emotionless at times. 
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    Hi all

    It's quite normal to feel calmer, but not better yet.  SSRI's take so long sometimes,  First you get the horrendous side effects for weeks and when they wear off you feel calmer, sometimes flat like a nothingness or sometimes quite happy.  Everyone's different.  After a while you'll get the anxiety back and all associated feelings that go with it.  If you just accept this as part of recovery, you'll find it'll disappear again.  These are called setbacks (blips) and are quite normal in recovery, and you get many.  You'll be up for maybe an hour or half a day, then down, then be up for a few days or a week, then down again.  This process will continue for maybe months, and each time the ups will get longer and longer until the downs will be no more.

    People often given up too soon or go back to their doctor when having these setbacks and get their medication upped, which causes more side effects.

    It can take so long to get better - months.  Recovery is so slow that sometimes you hardly notice it, but these ups and downs are a sure way of knowing that's it's working.

     

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