Completely torn - should I start Citalopram??

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In a nutshell I have been on and off Fluoxetine for years and years, opting for meds each time as I cant face talking therapies (I have been med free for about a year) Now at the age of 26 I have finally decided I will do anything possible to try and sort everything out and managed my depression and anxiety smile

Went to doctors the other day and asked for CBT, explaining I no longer want any meds due to dreams etc (the doctor seemed to appreciate this) and that I am not particularly 'bad' at the moment I just want to learn how to deal with certain things and change the way I react to certain situations. They are organising CBT hopefully smile but just before I left she asked if I wanted to try Citalopram... this threw me cause I thought we both understood this wasnt really what I need. Not wanting to turn down something they must think I need, I took the prescription and left a little confused.

I'm so confused if this is really the right thing to be doing, I'm thinking in a if its not broke dont fix it type way. I'm worried of the side effects of sleepiness and increased anxiety, I have 3 jobs and I cant afford to take my eye off the ball. If I become more exhausted than usual and have to miss time off work when things are actually ok, that seems a bit siily.

Also the thing Im worried about the MOST OF ALL is I am taking a very expensive roadtrip across the USA in 2 months and worry if I start this medication I might be a little 'zombied' or 'out of it' I didnt spend a year planning and saving to be effectively abcent! Will the side effects subside by then? Please help

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    Hello cheskie. I've just read through this. I'm not a doctor but from what I've seen here, you'd be far better off doing the CBT and avoiding meds. You seem to be coping well with your jobs and you've said you're not too bad. I couldn't read this and not say anything given my terrible experience with citalopram. I'd give anything to go back in time and not take it. I believe I'd be fine now if I hadn't.
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    hiya cheskie

    i took this medication for about 18 months and i'm just coming off it. i am very against medication, but like yourself, I just needed a break from the anxiety. It did not interfere with my life at all. It enhanced it. It enabled me to take on things and worry less. There were no troubling side effects, except a little weight gain and a tendency to be overly blase about things, which was a welcome break from having a virtual meltdown everytime i came to a t junction and had to choose right or left! It is very mild. i slept well, and got on with things. I never went above 20mg and I always avoided taking different doses each day as this sent me a bit loopy. I do experience some agitation and nervousness for about an hour or so after taking the tablet in the morning so always took it on waking so that i wasn't around people during that first hour. my experience of cbt was it took forever to set it up and the people delivering it were a mixed bunch. I've done years of therapy and this period on citalopram has given me a taste of how life can be, which i think i'll continue now without the drug.

     

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    Thank you for your responses smile mark I was unaware of potential weight gain... the prospect of potential weight loss was one thing swaying me to choose to take them! :-/ owww Im terrible with decisions sad
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    I'd stay off of meds and search therapy also. I only tried citalopram for 8 days and the single worst side effect was in the bedroom. No happy ending, which also brought a little pain in genitals. I know these are manly problems, but I was also afraid of meds in the past and you know what? I kinda was right. some of  us really can do without them. hope this is not too forward and it helps you.
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