Advice on citalopram please.

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i started taking 20mg of citalopram 5 weeks ago and I’m much better than I was. I have been on it before for anxiety but stopped taking it last year and I then started to struggle. I should have gone back on it sooner but I put it off and I just got so bad it was awful. Even though the anxiety isn’t causing me panic attacks I’m still waking up shaky and I’m having bad dreams, it takes be a few hours everyday to get myself going. Is this normal as I don’t remember having bad dreams last time, I do keep trying to tell myself that it will get easier with time but I’m not sure it will.

 

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    Good Morning Gemma,

    Yes in the beginning I had uncontrollable jitters and sweats and headaches. It does pass very slowly. I found listening to music and mediate with focus on breathing helped me. Keep positive you will get through this, 

    Keep us posted how you are doing. 

    Will😎

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      Thank you Will, I’m just trying to remain positive. It’s just it’s feels like it’s bad enough having to deal with the anxiety but I feel like I have no control over the bad dreams. I just keep trying to tell myself that it’s just my mind playing tricks on me and it will eventually stop. I’m just longing for a good relaxing sleep but I’m going to try a meditation app tonight.

       

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    Gemma,

    I am also on my 2nd time on citalopram. I'm in my 8th week and for the first few weeks I had a lot of trouble sleeping, then for a the next couple when I did sleep I also had a lot of nightmares, now I am sleeping pretty well and dont have nightmares but have more vivid dreams about just weird random things. The mornings are still a struggle for me, seems like it can take hours sometime til after lunch for the anxiety to lift.

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      I find the mornings the hardest too, I find that I have to keep moving and that I always have to get ready and go out, even if I’m not at work because for me keeping busy helps it to lift. I don’t know if that means that I’m running from it rather than facing up to it though. I find that it’s the anxiety that I’m terrified of. I’m just hoping that one day I won’t have to go out and that I’ll feel ready to face it and not be afraid anymore. I wish u all the best, I’m sure you’ll get there too.
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    Yea I’m on my second time on citalopram and it’s a lot harder this time I’m on my 3 week and sleeping sucks for me but gotta get through it it’s just the side effects hope u get through it
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