Anyone got any positives about Citalopram and PND?

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hello everyone!

I am a new mother for the second time and have just been diagnoised with postnatal depression today (i have a 17month old and an 8 week old). I have n't started taking Citalopram yet as i've been reading up a bit first. It is a big step for me to admit I have something wrong with me sad

I am just reading some of the posts on here and I am really worried about the side effects and how it appears to take a long time for the meds to kick in. Can anyone give me any hope that it'll be all worth it and i'll feel better soon? I'm worried the side effects will make me worse and I won't be able to look after my two kids. I am barely coping as it is, let alone with added symptoms!

All comments would be greatly appreciated smile

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    There does seem to be a high chance that this drug will cause at least some side effects. My doctor warned me that I would probably feel ill for the first 2 weeks of taking them.

    I've been lucky, I took them before bed the first few nights which did cause wakefullness and some anxiety. I then switched to taking them in the mornings which seemed better. I've had a few headaches and feelings of light-headedness, but nothing worse than I was getting before I started taking them. A couple of times I've woken up feeling rather hungover (eg, headache, nausea, light-headedness, generally manky) but mostly I've been fine.

    It probably helped that I've been on holiday for two weeks, so I've not been worried about the day to day stresses of work or the lack of (or too much) sleep. I just lay in or took naps when I felt tired or rough, and tried to relax when I was awake at night.

    They are making me feel much better now so I am glad I have given them a go despite the doctor's warnings.

    Good luck if you decide to give them a go.

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    i had no side effects, great relief of tension imediate and much better after few weeks - hard to get off, good luck
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    Hi there

    I was precribed citalopram yesterday and after looking at the forum almost chickened out of taking it. I had actually taken one the second I got them though so was feeling pretty trepidant all day waiting for side effects. I have severe health anxiety and have been through hell for the last 2 years. Too long a story to go through! Ive also got 2 toddlers and I think having my eldest started it all off. I just avoided post natal depression due to a fantastic doctor and I suffered from undiagnosed (situational) depression in my early 20s. But I can honestly say I think I feel a bit better already! I dont have panic attacks but I get overwhelming feelings of anxiety and can sit paralysed by fear and picturing worst case scenarios for hours on end. I actually feel quite chirpy today and felt a bit tired and nauseous yesterday but generally quite good. No horrible effects so far! Will keep you posted.

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    I was given these five years ago in my recovery from a sah (stroke) for a period of nine months. In the first week I could hardly make it up out of bed but before long, I became lighter and happier; and they worked a treat on my depression. However, it does take a little time to wean off them.

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