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Hi everyone, I’ve been taking citalopram for anxiety and depression for a total of eight weeks now, I started off on 10mg for three weeks and I’ve been on 20mg for the last 5 weeks. I feel like I’ve made lots of improvement, I couldn’t even leave the house to begin with, stop crying, or get off the sofa, but I just feel like the anxiety and anxious thoughts won’t subside. I’ve had some good days but I keep crashing back down and I’m struggling to be confident within myself. I find that when I’m alone especially I start feeling anxious, the heart palpitations start, and I feel dizzy and light headed. And because I feel like this when I’m alone I’ve started experiencing heart palpitations during other times also, last night I had them when I was laying in bed reading a book. I think it all stems from when this was all started and I was having anxiety attacks by myself at night, I didn’t know what was going on with me and I felt absolutely terrified. I also feel so dreadful in the mornings, even if I’ve had a good day/evening the day before! I’ve had 6 sessions of CBT but it hasn’t helped as much as I would have hoped. I’m being referred for more intense CBT but I’m looking at a 3 month waiting list. I’m just looking for some reassurance really that things will get better. Is 5 weeks on 20mg too soon to see any drastic improvements? I felt horrendous when I first started the 10mg and I’m apprehensive about upping my dose just yet as I don’t want to go through that horrible cycle all over again, as is my doctor who thinks more time is needed on 20mg. I didn’t realise how slow this whole process would be, I just want my life back where I wasn’t plagued by anxiety and could just relax.
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