Citalopram advice needed please

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I’ve been taking 20mg of citalopram for two two and a half weeks. The first week was awful and I needed diazepam to help with the anxiety, the second week was normal but today I returned to work for the first time in four weeks and I woke with awful anxiety, it did get easier once I got to work but getting there was hard. Now I feel like I’ve had a setback, are setbacks normal after doing well for a few days. Im terrified of the anxiety and I really need the citalopram to work. I don’t know how to feel about the future, I just long to be anxiety free.

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    Gemma,

    Yes it’s a roller coaster ride the first few weeks. Ask your dr for a Benzo to help you through this. 

    Will😎

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      Thanks Will, but what is Benzo and how does it work, I’ve heard others use the same name on other threads but not sure what it does.
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      Gemma,

      I use Xanax  which is in a class of Benzodiazepines. I take a low dose and it helps me sleep. 

      Will😎

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    Hey Gemma, from my own experience 'set backs' are normal but don't look at them as set backs - I've had cycles of ups and downs and it's just your mind and body adjusting and getting used to the Citalopram, I know it can be frustrating finding a balance with the diazepam and it can be terrifying but trust in your body that the Citalopram will work when it can, it just takes time to settle in - you went back to work after a month, you overcame the nerves and anxiety, so take heart and positivity from that. We all want to be anxiety free and it can be hard to imagine a future where it isn't a big part of our lives but trust me when I say this can make a positive difference so just keep taking steps and don't be afraid to congratulate your progress - whether it's going into work, going to the shops; whatever. focus on the present and let your future write itself and I don't mean that to sound cliched at all but having taken it myself and felt the terror (I'm 9 odd weeks in on 20mg) I'm hoping that things look a little brighter and I believe you can too

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      Thanks Will, it’s so hard to imagine feeling normal again after the last month and I know it’s a slow process. I’m trying to focus on what I can achieve and not on what I can’t but it does help to hear that others are getting there.
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    You will be you have already made a big step by going back to work x I was very much like you and struggled going in but perservered it does get better honestly x Its not a set back its one step closer to recovery dont be so hard on yourself
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      Thanks Michelle, I know if I’d not gone back when it was bad today then it wouldn’t help my recovery in me thinking that I can ever get past this. As I’m sat writing this I’m overcome with dread at the prospect of going to bed because the anxiety is horrendous on a morning.
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    This happened to me too, I was recovering fine and had even been symptom free for a week then the night before my first day back at work I had awful anxiety and had the worst night sleep ever and had anxiety all day during work. It only lasted about 2 days as I think it was just anxiety about going back to work as I’d had time off. It wore off and then all was fine. I was happier than ever to be back at work. 
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