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hi I am a bit concerned I started citalapram about 3 weeks ago did 2 weeks of 20 them went up to 40 been taking them for about 8 days I feel no different still very anxious and can not leave the house despite everyone trying to get me too which is getting me even more stressed .. All I want to do is sit around  coz I'm feeling so bad ... Is this normal ... The doc said if I am not feeling any better this week we will try something different but I feel worried about this as when I changed from sertraline to this I experienced some really bad side effects.. I'm so worried about work have been off for nearly 3 months and feel I am far from ready to go back but scared that my work friends don't understand ...I keep crying so much it's like my whole head is shuddering is so scary.

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    Hi, I was on 10mg for 21 days then doc put me up to 20mg Iv been on them for 10 days now an im starting to feel abit better. I can feel abit of the old me starting to sneak through. I Still have afew side affects an im still over thinking Alot of things. But I have to get the bus home from work. Which I have done anything I can to avoide an last night I got it home an was fine. I was so proude of myself hahaha. So hang in there it takes time but hopefully in a few days you will start to notice a diffrence. An they do say 6 to 8 weeks before you notice a diffrence. I hope you start to feel better soon. Xx
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      Thank you !! Nice to hear some success stories :-) I just feel so down its horrible I've never been this bad before .. Good on you for getting the bus xx
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      It will get better. I thought the same ov never felt so bad. I can't go out. It was so horrible. But I am feeling better. An I did find telling my work mates helped it was very hard to tell them. But even though they didn't quite understand what I was goin through they have been really good an Tryed to understand. Aww thanks you wouldn't believe how proude I was hahaha. Xx 
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      I hope so I just feel I've lost the respect of people now and that they all think I'm just faking it which I'm really not it feels so real. I have been off since August and feel I'm no where near ready to go back ... U should be proud xxx
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      I know how real it is and if ur mates r good ones they will understand and as for the others they're not worth worrying about. There may come a day when they experience the same thing and until they do they won't really know how u feel. U should take as long as u need before returning to work cos if ur not ready u'll make it worse. Just try relax, try not to worry what others think and remember ur true mates will stick by u and they're the ones worth keeping. Thank u, yes I am proud of what I've achieved, didn't think I'd see the day I got back to normal smile
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      Don't worry you won't have lost the respect off anyone. You will be surprised once you talk to people how many of them have gone through the same thing. I'm a hairdresser an I decided I would tell some of my clients because they kept asking what was wrong with me. An I thought if I had a cold Id say so why can't I say iv been suffering with anxity. So I did an Id say about 6 out of 10 all said they had suffers with difrent levels of anxity or depression. It is real to you because it's gappening to you. It will get better. Even last week I was like I'll never feel like myself again. But the last few days it's starting to sneak through. I don't feel 100%. But I'm getting there. An you will to. Xx 
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      Iv just read your starting cbt. Don't be scared iv done it an I can honestly say best thing I did. X
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      They can all be a little 2 faced I guess u get it from working with loads of woman .. Thank u for your kind words xx
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      That's good to know :-) I'm just worried of getting myself there as I haven't left the house myself in a couple weeks just hope I don't end up having a panic attack xx
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      There's people like that everywhere who think they have a perfect life and enjoy gossiping, really annoys me. You know who ur true friends r at a time like this and those r the ones who will understand and support you. All the best for ur cbt I'm sure it will help, I've heard it's really good x 
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      You will be fine. It's harder thinking about it than doing it. If iv done it anyone can I promise. An once you have done it once each time will get abit more easy. Xxx 
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      Yea gets to me too I try so hard not to judge anyone .. The world can b a horrible place .. Thank u I hope it works xxx
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    They usually take about 6 weeks to get into your system, I've been on them since July, 30mgs, and feel so much better that I'm coming off them. I went through the same thing, crying for no reason and shutting myself away, even found it hard to smile and did start neglecting myself. Thankfully I have really supportive mates and a lovely family that kept me going. I'm sure your work mates will understand and only go back when your really ready to. I'm about to go back to work after being on sick since July, it's a bit of a daunting thing but I know I have to. I work on a mental health ward so it's not too bad for me cos all my work mates understand, I'm not the first and I won't be the last to be off with depression, it can happen to anyone at any time in any job. Hope your feeling better soon and u will eventually see light at the end of the tunnel x 
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      ok thank you that's good to know .. I also work in a hospital it's a little community hospital I do the cleaning and food and stuff and teas and coffees just feel like it wouldn't be fair on the patients for me to be in there like this as they are all older and have many problems their selfs and seeing me not right I feel would upset them more. I'm just so scared it won't pass . I'm scared to go to sleep at night as I always feel so much worse when I wake up its like I'm not really in my body .. It's so strange.. Thank you for your advice ... X
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      I know what u mean, I work with younger adults who have been throu some serious stuff in their lives and I'm suppose to be there to support them. It will pass honestly, I know it feels now that the world is crumbling around you but it will rebuild itself. Start keeping a diary of how your feeling every day, u'll be suprised when u look back over the days that u r actually doing ok. Eventually the good days will start outweighing the bad. Can't remember when my last bad day was and trust me before going on citalopram every day was bad. Keep focused on the future, you'll get through it x 
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      Thank you I will try that .. I have some cbt starting on 3rd December which I'm dreading but hoping it will help ... Just want my life back xx
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