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So I have joined this after reading the numerous messages from people experiencing acute depression and anxiety. I am 47 now and have had a number of episodes over the last 22 years, mainly brought on by life events. It is a bit of a black dog which sits with you once you have experienced it but you can have a full life despite this. 11 days ago I was put back on 20mg Citalopram due to a number of challenging life circumstances which completely caught up with me and knocked me for six. Most posts talk about the pain of the first 2 weeks of going on the medication. Having been on it a number of times, along with Fluroxetine and Seroxat, I can concur that the first 2 weeks can be a real challenge but please don't give up!!! The side effects do pass. Be gentle on yourself, get support and know that some of the desperation feelings will pass. You have just gotta get through those first couple of weeks and then hour by hour, day by day you will begin to do more. If like me, the mornings are the worst, note after 2 weeks how the afternoons get a bit better earlier and earlier. Week 1, I could not function until about 5pm. 11 days in it is now about 2pm and I can start to function. I know from previous experience the benefits start to accelerate from week 2. If you can, make a list of things to do each day. Even if you only do 1 thing, congratulate yourself. Even brushing your teeth can be an achievement. Be easy on yourself. 1 in 4 people will go through this at some point in their lives. You are not alone. You are probably a very strong caring person if you are suffering. There is a great book called 'Depression, and illness of the strong'. Highly recommend it. So if you are suffering and just starting on meds, go with it, be easy on yourself, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your health professional up to date. You are not alone !!!!
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