Anti depressants after drug abuse

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I recently started Citalopram after months of anxiety & depression. I went through a bad break up & was taking A class drugs recreationally (very stupid I know) once a month for about a year before hand. I'm not 100% sure if there is a correlation as even after I stopped taking drugs it was months later I had my first panic attack. I just want to know has anyone else on here developed depression/ anxiety after drug abuse & did they find any anti-depressants that worked for them?

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    Its typical to have depression after substance abuse.  Our brains get off whack when we use drugs or alcohol.  YES..antidepressents work.

    And Citalopram is an anti depressent with an anti anxiety component which is why it was prescribed to me.  I hope it works for you.

    ​Everyone is different on this drug...but it does change my life for the better when I take it.  Gives me more patience...more ability to focus....and less anxiety.

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      Thank you for your reply much appreciated. Citalopram worked for me in the first two days of taking it although Iv heard a citalopram high which I'm wondering may of happened. I felt a little to good & over excited about nothing. Sadly now I feel really anxious it's early days still as its only been two weeks but I feel really shaky like even my insides feel shaky if that makes any sense
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    Hi Kirsty,

    I'm a recovering drug addict. I used from the ages of 17 to 35 and have been clean for almost 2 years.

    I started suffering with depression & anxiety in my late 20's & have been on various medications for it but its hard to tell how it effected me as I was self medicating with the illegal stuff. Although my anxiety reached a highpoint for me while I was hooked on mephadrone its a different sort of anxiety now I'm drug free. If that makes sense? My mood has dipped, i struggle to leave the house for a few days at a time which isnt good with a 16 month old baby, even talking to my best mate (of 18yrs) i can go into a panic my speech speeds up to the point i cant keep up with myself and as for the sweating, it literally pours off me. Dizzy/buzzy head too, could be the same as your shaking feeling?

    The combination of sertraline & amitriptyline worked for me for around 4-5yrs but I've recently changed to mirtazapine (I'm 10 days into taking it) and I'm struggling. I've joined the mirtazapine forum and a lot of people have said once you find the right dosage its a great drug. Perhaps you just need to give the citalopram a bit longer?

    Hope you're feeling better soon x

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    Just a short personal remark and vieuw on some,things.

    to keep a long long story short I am an "cerebrallly-unbalanced" 32 year old heavy user of "mind altering substances" (no I do not call myself an addict, not because my mirror to look at myself is broke but because I have never functioned "like I felt I really am deep inside" in social and sociatial life without opiates and stimulants and

    With two trips to high level rehabs in the last 3 years I have seen so many specialists that i have lost faith in most of the people "advising" and "prescribing" as they ALWAYS believe they know you better than yourself and even in regular conversations there is often this "SUPERIOR" feeling they have.......

    Your life your rules...

    I've been starting to use codeine from age 15 nd gradually evolved to oxy's.

    then speed, cocaine etc etc......But always kid of "made my mind work on it".

    The question I always ask myself (personally before all else):WHy did I start liking the codeine so much while others just said 'hhhhhmmmmm bwah"...why did I use cociane while it made me more crazy than good??

    But there was someting in both that made me "think" more clearly.

    I am on subutex and concerta-ritalin retard now and feel like this is what "normal"feels like....

    Why I say all this: well because I don't believe at all in anti-depressants( ssri's are the worst).are you planning on taking it your entire life.............???they are the hassle free script for the doctors....Where I live at least yes.

    But if that is what works for you then perfect.

    But Please try and think for a second when and where and why your druguse began and why you continued......

    And don't rule out any medicine because doctors fear losing thei fear losing your life, that's more important!

    I don't pretend to have answers but I wish we could open up about this subject t the fullest and just admit that some of us have a great but "difficult" grey matter :-) that need help....

    be happy and be healthy,never one less than the other!


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