Citalopram 20mg

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Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can shed some light. I have been on 10mg two days and 20mg the rest and just come to 4 week mark in total. I have quit uni and on the verge of quitting work. i feel the citalopram isnt working it has made me get up and do stuff and defo helped depression slightly but my anxiety is off the scale. I am obsessing about if they are working thus feeding the worry cycle. I just wanna feel better. i read that it can take 3 and 6 months but i cant live like this for that time. I have the dr on friday but i fear going to work so bad that am scared i will lose my job and have financial commitments. I wake up so anxcious that it feeds the rest of my day. on citalpram i have had no side effects except dry mouth but last time years ago i was on them i had more side effects which makes me think they arent working this time any help or advice would be greatly appreciated i am so down about all of this.

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    maybe the extreme anxiety is a side effect. 4 weeks is not long enough to understand if the medication is working. Ask the gp if he can help you with benzodiazepin for a couple of weeks max until your anxiety goes down which normally happens when citalopram starts working.

    Ask GP for CbT therapy where i live we have time yo talk you can self refer you.

    I can imagine how you feel anxiety is awful but i am sure you will feel better try to stay positive and ask your Gp to give you more help and feed back.

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      Thanks for your reply it is horrible. I dont think my GP knows much about mental health but i will definetly talk more with her. my worry is that its not working and a have to go through all this with a new anti depressent.

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      if it worked before it will work again. it just our brain it plays tricks on us so each time is different. i agree with you Gp are rather useless when it comes to mental health. i suppose you can always ask to be referred to a psychiatrist to put your mind at rest (litterally) ๏˜‰

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      Yeah i went to community psychiatrists who said i have mental health issues not illness which they said the service was for illness. I have been to cbt before and trying to utilize the worry trick allowing the anxiety to be here rather than fear it because i think a get anxcious about anxiety ๏˜‚๏˜‚. Thanks for your reply ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    It is perfectly normal to feel the way you are for the first few weeks/months. i know how hard it is but you will feel better ! stick with it if you can maybe take some leave from work. It will be worth it if you can just get through the next couple of weeks. i felt exactly as you do but feel great now. Try as hard as you can to be kind to yourself.

    good luck x

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    hi STEVEN

    ive just gone from 10 5 weeks to 20 . i couldnt work at the moment so yes be kind and maybe there is something your body is wanting you to look at in your life. im been watching DR. kim d eramo on you tube. mind body medicine

    its helped me through this tough scary time

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