Citalopram and no appetite

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hi all. I am on day 14 of taking 10mg of citLopram and have no appetite and feeling very anxious with lots of symptoms. I have convinced my self my body is giving up and I am dying of a nasty illness. Has anyone else experienced this ? Please help I am in knots. X 

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    I give you credit for hanging in for 14 days, I took one tablet and don't intend to take anymore. My body feels terrible so I can only imagine what you are going through. Have you talked with your Doctor? That is going to be my first call in the morning.
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    Hi, it's all perfectly normal, it's all part of the pattern of starting on these meds. It should all settle down, the anxieties and worries get a little less each day. 
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    Yes I have, it takes ages to settle down but persevere, it's worth it. Never in my life have I done anything so hard without giving up, but at week 15 I'm so glad I stuck it out, I'm much better (still not 100%) and if I have to take it forever I will xxxx
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    Hi Samantha,

    Relax and try to loosen thsoe knots everything, cr*p as it is, is what we'd (as we're already a little ahead of you) would expect. Things at the moment seem really dreadful, awful and you cannot see the light at the end of what appears to be a very long dark the tunnel, but you are already on your way for three reasons.

    Firstly, you have started the medication, or as I call it a sticking plaster for the brain!

    Secondly, you've arrived at this wonderful forum full of people who are able to help, advise and will have a chat. Which brings me to the third point (there always seems to be three!).

    Thirdly, by being here you have begun your own part in your recovery. Here you can express your inner most concerns, worries, and/or fears, ask, what sometimes may feel like the silliest of questions, but no one minds, people will answer, advise and help you through. We really have all been (or are going) through this, believe me.

    You are experiencing side effects that come with Cita, but I can assure you that it is well worth it when you start to come out the other side. From this forum you will realise (once you stop over thinking) not evryone has the same side effects nor do they have the same intensity if they do get them and some don't (lucky burgers) even get what most of us do!

    Cita can cause anxiety (in my case I didn't think I had) or make you feel more anxious overall to be able to treat it. It is just one of those side effects. You are also going through (to an extent) what I went through what I regard as a period of health paranoia. In the early days (14 months ago) my Doctor (who knows a lot about this illness and sticking plasters) did suggest that it was probably a side effect I was experiencing, but all the same (to keep me happy I think) put me through loads of tests and guess what? Nothing, well apart from that I could do with loosing a couple of stone in weight!

    Which brings me again nicely on to the next few points. To begin with, there are a couple of vitamins you can take to help the natural serotonin and they are Vit D3 and B6. You must only take as advised on the bottle. More than likely for a while you may not want to get up from under yer duvet, I didn't for about a month (that was me and you are not), I encouraged getting myself up by having a second (emergency) duvet downstairs. We have recently been talking about we are what we eat, drink, breath, read, see and gretaly effected by the environment around us and 9/10 we shouldn't look at ourselves for the answer why we're ill. I eventually removed myself from what made me ill in the first place and that was a very poor work situation (I am now looking for part time work!). Exercise (don't worry you will feel like it again one day Lol!) is a big factor in our recovery, just walking or jogging with a pooch or a human friend. TV, only watch feel good fiction, nice animal/wildlife documentaries etc NO NEWS! SOAPS! or (so called) reality TV!

    Music, the best thing to our ears. When you feel like it put yer favourite track, album, radio station, whatever on and enjoy. After a while you may feel like cranking up the volume and screaming, shouting or just dancing around where you live. Which, when you do let us hope you have someone close who may be able to help and understand. My Fiance is very understanding, but didn't know much about mental illnesses and decided to take a keen interest when I went ill and learned a lot from this very site. She feels a part of this forum as well. I do appreciate some people may not have someone that close, it doesn't matter we are all here to help! It is like an extended (knowledgeable and caring) family here.

    Phew, I need to go lie down after that epic!

    Please remember you are not alone, we are all here to help, don't overthink things, try to relax (take deep breaths) and when you can be positive even through what will seem bouts of negativity, gradually as the weeks or months (as long as it takes) go by the positivity will shine through and that'll see you through to the end of that long dark tunnel!

    Keep reading, keep asking, keep posting and keep believing you will get better - we did and some of us already are.

    Good luck and keep in touch!



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