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I have been taking citalopram for 7 weeks now. The first 2 weeks I took 10mg and now 20mg. I should have gone on them sooner and waited until my anxiety was severely debilitating. Everything was making me panic and I was experiencing lots of physical symptoms. The first 2 weeks were the worst. I actually felt the most anxious I'd felt, like I was going out of my mind and was at the point of wanting to go to hospital. Apparently this is a common side effect. As soon as I upped the dose I started to feel a bit better. Every week I would challenge myself to do things that had become really nerve wracking: getting on a bus, going to the shops, booking on to a cbt course, ringing the iapt helpline. I also started reading the book Dare, which has really helped me rationalise my symptoms. They can't hurt you! I'm on week 7 now and every day I've felt better. I met my friend for lunch which was an achievement etc. I just feel a sense of calm. My mind isn't racing with intrusive thoughts anymore, I can sit and read a book or focus on a TV programme. My husband has noticed a massive difference. Before I used to look at people in awe and wonder how they were so chilled out. I'm now becoming one of those people. Initially I was taking these before bed, but I've changed that to mid day so that I find it easier to get up the next day. I spent so much time searching for positive comments before taking these but I'm so glad I did. 😀
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