40 mg for Two months was increased from 20th. Fine for a while, depressed again.

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I was first given 20th citrapram a few months ago for anxiety and irrational thought . Since been increased to 40 mg as I seemed to plateau , get used to it. It seems to have happened again but now I feel worse, I'm crying over relatives that passed 10+ years ago and just basically sad all the time. I sleep more then ever, my body clock is all over the place. The only thing I feel content with is being indoors, I'm not socialising and don't feel the need to engage with anyone, but Im happy with that? It's out of character thou. I've put on 21 lbs since taking them too, because of lack of exercise, sleeping , does anyone else feel this way?

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    Should I ask for an increase in mg or am I on a downward spiral?
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    Hi Sam...I'm pretty sure 40 is the highest you can go...some might suggest dropping to 30 or 20 and see how you go with that? It has worked for others x x
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    Hi Sam

    I stayed on them for six months 40mg for the last couple of months. Didn't get any significant improvement. Stayed in bed and like you wanted to be on my own. Doctor finally switched me to mirtazipine, and it was like flicking a switch. Instantly better, motivated, energy and joy.

    no side effects unlike citalopram.

    It may be worth considering a change. I was so scared to change, but it was the best thing I ever did.

    You shouldn't be feeling like this after so long of being on them.

    Please have a word with your doctor.

    God bless and wishing you brighter days xx

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    Doctors never seem to tell patients what to expe on these meds.

    First of all you don't plateau / get used to the meds.  What you experienced is perfectly normal and you'll probably get this on whatever dose you're on.  This is normal as you recover.

    Recovery comes in waves / patches.  You'll feel anxious to start with and when the side effects wear off you'll start to feel well, followed by feeling depressed / anxious again.  This will happen time and time again, whatever dose you take.  Increasing the dose won't make you better any quicker, and you'll still get this up and down phase.

    You just need to take a regular dose and stick with it, expect highs and lows, know that the low times will pass.  This can take months, it happens quicker for some people.  Accept the lows, let them be there, go with it and they'll pass.  Eventually you'll even out and you won't get the lows anymore. And the irrational thoughts will disappear too.

    Perseverance, throughout it all ....... and you'll get there eventually.

    K x

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      Thankyou everyone, I will definately ring my doctor today and discuss the way I've been feeling, if not I wouldn't be seeing him again until March. On leaving my very stressful job I said I could sleep forever? I'm torn between thinking how I'm feeling is a normal healing process and totally wrong and depressive behaviour. Thank you anyway xx
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