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My 18 year old son has just started Citalopram today. He's had counselling for quite a few weeks now and saw a Psychiatrist on Monday and she's prescribed Citalopram. I'm a bit annoyed because to me it seems like a quick fix which is cheap - I'm wondering if he would be better off having CBT or something. He's been told by one of the GPs to discuss this with the counsellor next week. I'm looking at the side effects on this site but at the same time there seems to be some positives to this drug.
It's a weird situation for me, because he's a nice, quiet, young 18 year old (mentally and physically) living at home, keeps himself to himself a lot, but I'm not allowed now he's over 16 to know anything about his appointments, treatment etc. He's got a little band of friends he's known for years and they've been trying to get him out to do some exercise, cycling, swimming, running because that's one of the things the counsellor has suggested. He's doing A levels and when he's done his paper round in the morning, he's back to bed with his laptop when he's not at school. He was adamant that he didnt' want a job, and now with the economic situation this is even more difficult, eg some of the supermarkets are laying people off.But I wonder if he needs more structure to his day. I guess I'll have to wait till he's done all his exams in May/June and then see how things are. I don't want to pressurise him before then, but sometimes I think he needs a kick up the bum.
I would appreciate the thoughts of others who may be feeling in part like
him. He's never been an easy person for us to talk to, I asked him today what he's hoping the drug will do for him. He said he didn't know but that he feels anxious all the time, what about I'm not sure.
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