Anxiety is out of control

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I have had anxiety and panic attacks for 31 years. This week my dr put me on Citalopram 20mg for depression. I have been taking it for 3 days and this morning I had one of the worst attacks I've had in a very long time. I got so dizzy and weak and my arms and chest felt like they were on fire.  I researched Citalopram and read it can cause anxiety for the first few days. I have also read on here how much it has helped other people. Has anyone else had this problem when starting out on Citalopram? I look forward to your replies. I always feel like no one else understands what this is like.

 

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    HI missy ! Belive me I understand how you feel !

    I have an axiety for over 30 years too . Plus panic attacks . But so far I've never been on any medications . Year after year I just try to find solutions 

    myself . My family doctor is not eager to prescribe any medication , becouse 

    they are very addictive . And until I can go on without it I continue to do so ! 

    Try many things- meditations , exercise , walk , even prayers 😃

    Missy all of us here , are to support you . All the best ! 

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      I usually walk one to two miles a day, but the last couple weeks have been so rough on me. I get so dizzy and light-headed when I walk, I get scared to even go outside. I have been on meds for anxity for a few years now, but have been lucky enough to  get by with taking only one tablet at night. It has been sufficient until lately. Now I am having to take one in the morning too. And with this new prescription causing more anxiety, it doesn't seem to be helping at all. I feel like I'm losing my mind. I do lots of praying. I am a Christian and I know God is with me. I also am trying essential oils along with chamomile tea.

       

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      I really like them. I use lavender and lemongrass and night. Lemongrass is good for insomnia. I carry lavender with me and when I feel anxious, I slowly breathe in the lavender. It helps me calm down and it helps me to take slow, deep breaths.
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      I love the lemongrass. And it if you mix lavender with it, it smells really good and it's very calming. If you don't want to spend a fortune trying it for the first time, go to Hobby Lobby. It's about $7 a bottle. If it doesn't work for you then you haven't invested a lot of money.

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    I'm on these meds. I haven't had any problems. My GP said they usually take about 6 weeks to get in the system and start working.

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    Sorry missy to hear your symptoms'

    I am 30 y old and facing problem of anxiety and acid reflux problem from 4 years lot of docs precribe antidepressant tablets but i never used before but recently my gp prescribed lexapro 10 mg plus propnolol 10 mg 3 times a day for fluttering and palpitation of heart and panic attacks,believe me some time i awake from sleep bcoz of fast heart beats my gp also told me it take 2 months to adjust .....well i know it sucks but i also agree with donna u need to do pray it will give lot of relaxrion to mind and heart

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    I've been dealing with anxiety, depression and panic attacks for 14yrs. I recently started medication for the 1st time. I've been taking sertraline for 4 weeks now. The first couple of days I did get bad anxiety, depression and constant panic attacks. It calmed down after about a week but now I had a bad panic attack yesterday and now I'm just overall feeling blah..,

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      This all seems like a vicious cycle that never ends and noting really seems to help. I am on day 9 of citalopram. I pray this levels out soon and I get  back to feeling normal again.
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