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I just wanted to reassure any newbies out there that starting citalopram can be a really positive experience. I'm just coming to the end of my first month on citalopram, and I'm so glad I started it
If I had pneumonia, I'd take antibiotics. This is no different.
I've decided to look at taking meds as a demonstration of strength and control. I'm taking an active approach to dealing with my problems, using the resources available to me. I'm really lucky to be able to regularly see a counsellor through my university and have a really understanding dean to discuss my uni work with. I've also started some relaxation techniques to help me relax before bed.
I don't know if I actually had any side effects when I first started it - my depression had resulted in insomnia, exhaustion and nausea already, and I definitely don't have any of those now.
It may be that the citalopram that hasn't made all the changes to my mood and outlook, but starting it definitely signalled a turning point for me. I couldn't go on the way I was. Now I'm letting myself seek and accept help, because I don't have to deal with this all by myself.
Big hugs and take care,
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